Remembering Whitney Houston and her influence on American Idol

Whitney Houston had a great influence on American Idol. Whether it be song choice or singer inspiration, the pop icon was definitely a part of the show during the past 11 seasons.

When the superstar died Saturday at the age of 48, American Idol alum took to Twitter to express their sadness. has compiled a list of performances that featured Whitney songs during Idol’s past 10 seasons. So we thought we would share those with our readers:

Trenycee, Season 2 initial audition, “I Learned From The Best”
Trenycee, Season 2 Top 11, “I Have Nothing”
Leah LaBelle, Season 3 initial audition, “I Believe in You and Me”
Leah LaBelle, Season 3 Semifinals, “I Have Nothing”
Jasmine Trias, Season 3 Semifinals, “Run To You”
Jennifer Hudson, Season 3 Top 8, “I Have Nothing”

Jasmine Trias, Season 3 Top 3, “Saving All My Love For You”
Vonzell Solomon, Season 4 Hollywood, “How Will I Know”
Vonzell Solomon,Season 4 Top 10, “I Have Nothing”
Lisa Tucker, Season 5 initial audition, “One Moment In Time”
Katharine McPhee, Season 5 Top 6, “I Have Nothing”
Haley Scarnato, Season 6 Top 20, “Queen of the Night”
Sabrina Sloan, Season 6 Top 20, “All the Man That I Need”
LaKisha Jones, Season 6 Top 16, “I Have Nothing”
Melinda Doolittle, Season 6 Top 3, “I Believe in You and Me”
Asia’h Epperson, Season 7 Top 20, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”
Syesha Mercado, Season 7 Top 16, “Saving All My Love For You”
Carly Smithson, Season 7 initial audition, “I’m Every Woman”
David Archuleta, Season 7 Top 7, “When You Believe”
Tatiana Nicole Del Toro, Season 8 Semifinals, “Saving All My Love For You”
Siobhan Magnus, Season 9 Top 7, “When You Believe”
Karen Rodriguez, Season 10 initial audition, “You Give Good Love”
Ashthon Jones, Season 10 final audition, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”
Haley Reinhart, Season 10 Top 12, “I’m Your Baby Tonight”
Pia Toscano, Season 10 Top 12, “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”




  1. Unfortunately nobody can sing Whitney Houston like Whitney Houston.  She had an amazing voice and there are only a small handful of singers today that can do her justice…..but there will be people singing her songs for the ages to come!!!!!!

  2. Iam sad about Whitney Houston. God gave her one of  the most beautiful voices. The voice of an angel. She was also beautiful. Her talent was amazing! And along came a spider ” Bobby Brown”. Whitney was raised in the church. Her mother is a very chriatian woman.  But Whitney loved him. So what could they  do? They tried intervventions.  She was in rehab numerous times,  Once hooked on drugs it is near impossible for some people to get off of them.  We will always love you Whitney. You had a beautiful soul. But the devil took control of it. Rest in peace with God. I know you are with him. No more sorrow. No more hurting. I pray for your daughter Bobbi.  Like a lot of stars who have died recently you cannot be replaced. The Angels took you in their arms  and carried you home.

  3. Sorry about all the mess in spelling . I need a new key board. My space bar gets stuck. Sherry K

    • Hi Sherry K, It happens all the time, don’t worry about it.  It is a classic example of textinitis, that’s when your brains is typing faster than your fingers, it happens to me all the time LOL

      Great comments by the way !!  If you have access to one of her movies,it is an oldie called “The Bodyguard”  in the soundtrack she sang an old sunday school favourite “Jesus Loves Me” , and let me tell you I heard that song sang 1000 times, by sunday school kids, by contemporary christian bands , by a gospel choir etc etc, but I have never heard it sang that way before, and she did a fantastic version!!
      It is also available on Utube just google the song and Whitney, enjoy!!

      • Thank-You Pepe. I always felt like Whitney would die from drugs. I am only shocked that she went so long doing them. I thought as much as she did them she would be gone long before now. But God looked down at her . And said sister my child, it is time for you to come home. You have sufered enough. I saw the movie the Bodyguard. It was very good Bless her heart. she suffered throught those  drugs way too long. I will go to youtube and listen to ” Jesus loves me”. Thank-You for the tip.

  4. Funny thing is that no one ever tried to do I Will Always Love You! Guess they just knew that no one would be able to sing it like her.

  5. She was way so talented and pretty,  and my feeling are Bobbie Brown was her down fall, just my thoughts… I also do not believe drugs is what she died from, She was having way to much fun, I know she has had drug problems but this time I believe she was way tired from staying up late and partying, so she took a sleeping pill or 2 and then got up way to early for her next commitment,  and was way tired and fell asleep in the tub.  I loved the movie Bodygaurd, it was great, but i was telling my daughter, I use to play this song over and over and over, it was my favorite song….  “We are the Children” ???? all time favorite …
    Rest in Peace..

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