American Idol Should Do A Fans Vs. Favorites Season

American Idol Top 12 Party - Arrivals

There has been a lot of talk about how to save American Idol after  a lackluster season of iffy talent, bickering judges and declining ratings.

There has been the popular suggestion of new judges (which is going to happen). Some have said to ditch the results shows. Some have even suggesting letting the judges decide who goes home. But the best idea I’ve ever heard comes from Entertainment Weekly. Dalton Ross over there suggests a page from the Survivor handbook with a fans vs. favorites season and I LOVE that idea.

Think about it, six of our favorite Idol “losers” competing against six newbies (just so we can continue the popular audition episodes? Wait, are those actually still popular? OK, another topic for another time. I mean think about it! Fan favorites back on the show competing for another shot! It could work, right!?

So now that I’ve got this fun idea in my head, I want to pick some favorites to return. I’m not talking about people like Chris Daughtry, Adam Lambert or Kellie Pickler who have done just fine without winning, but other fan favorites that might be able to use the publicity.

My Idol Favorites Dream Team

  • Tamyra Gray (1)
  • Josh Gracin (2)
  • Diana DeGarmo (3)
  • Constantine Maroulis (4)
  • Elliot Yamin (5)
  • Mandisa (5)
  • Melinda Doolitle (6)
  • Sanjaya (just for dramatic purposes) (6)
  • David Archuleta (7)
  • Casey Abrams (10)

I couldn’t just go with six. I had to throw in some more. Who would be on your dream team?





  1. What about Elise Testone, Skylar Laine, or Hayley Reinhart? I think they would be fantastic contestants! Of course there are so many others but I would love to see one if not all three of these women compete again.

  2. I’d put Pia Toscano and Thia Megia. I’m not sure about Pia, but Thia disappeared.

    • I think its too complicated to have singers coome on who have already had somewhat succesful careers. It would become one big popularity contest and many of these singers already have many followers. What they should do is bring back 4 singers from each of the last 6 seasons who were cut from the top 24 and never made it to the top 12. Some recent ideas would be
      Season 12
      Shubha Vedula
      Tenna Torres
      Charlie Askew
      Jimmy Smith
      Season 11
      Jen Hirsh
      Baylie Brown
      Reed Grimm
      Adom Brock
      Season 10
      Robbie Rosen
      Clint Gamboa
      Julie Zorrilla
      Kendra Chantelle
      All of these were one bad song choice away from doing really well on the show and would make for a great group. The audition show could just be FOX surprising us by whose house they show up at.

  3. Gosh! is there such a shortage of new interesting talent, waiting to be discovered, that they need to recycle previous contestants, who in many cases, were good, but fans voted them off, for one reason or another,.and now we watch them compete again… What? until there’s finally a selection of new contestants, that they can easily beat, and maybe win AI this time around???

  4. No! This is unfair to the new contestants! They should stick to discovering new talent!

  5. This sounds like a take-off on Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice. Wouldn’t past contestants have an advantage over first-time contestants? I prefer to have Idol concentrate on new or not well known talent. I’d hate to go through watching past favorites getting voted off once again. it would sting twice as hard!

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