Adam Lambert is one of the show's signature stars and still lands singles on the charts (as with last year's "Ghost Town").But somehow, he was unable to top Kris Allen, one of the many beneficiaries over the years of fans' predilection for Cute Guy With Guitar (see also: Cook, Phillip Phillips, Lee De Wyze).
(Case in point: Yes, we still think that Jennifer Hudson deserved better.)10.
Taylor Hicks wins (season 5)Where are you now, Soul Patrol?
American Idol's series finale airs on Fox Thursday, April 7, at 8 p.m.
winner Scotty Mc Creery and runner-up Lauren Alaina have swirled around.
Chris Daughtry went on to have a solid career but couldn't crack the top two, taking third place behind Hicks and Mc Phee.3.
Ruben over Clay (season 2)This was perhaps the biggest nail-biter in the series' history. Everything clearly worked out the way it was supposed to for Jennifer Hudson, who has received both an Oscar — thanks to her breakout performance in 2006's Dreamgirls — and a Grammy.
Thrown together in the emotionally charged atmosphere of American Idol, contestants are bound to become close.
And it seems that for two of this year's hopefuls a romance has even blossomed.
Mario Vazquez walks away (season 4)Not-so-super Mario?