Idol series runners-up

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  1. David Archuleta

    David Archuleta


    David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances. When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2. In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol. In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes.

  2. Adam Lambert

    Adam Lambert


    Adam Mitchel Lambert (born January 29, 1982) is an American singer and songwriter best known for his powerhouse vocals and stage presence. Since 2009, he has sold over 2.5 million albums and 5 million singles worldwide.

  3. Clay Aiken

    Clay Aiken


    Clay Aiken (born Clayton Holmes Grissom; November 30, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter, television personality, actor, author, politician and activist. Aiken was the 2014 Democratic nominee in the North Carolina 2nd congressional district election.

  4. Katharine McPhee

    Katharine McPhee


    Katharine Hope McPhee (born March 25, 1984) is an American pop singer, songwriter and actress. She gained fame in May 2006 as the runner-up on the fifth season of American Idol.

  5. Gareth Gates

    Gareth Gates


    Gareth Paul Gates (born 12 July 1984, Bradford, England) is an English singer-songwriter. He was the runner-up in the first series of the ITV 'talent show' Pop Idol. Gates has sold over 3.5 million records in the UK. He is also known for having a stutter, and has talked about his speech impediment publicly. Gates used the McGuire Programme to manage the problem and is now a speech coach with the programme.

  6. Lauren Alaina

    Lauren Alaina


    Lauren Alaina (born Lauren Alaina Kristine Suddeth; November 8, 1994) is an American country singer from Rossville, Georgia. Alaina was the runner-up on the tenth season of American Idol. Her debut studio album, Wildflower was released on October 11, 2011.

  7. Blake Lewis

    Blake Lewis


    Blake Colin Lewis (born July 21, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter and beatboxer who was the runner-up on the sixth season of American Idol. His major label debut album A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream) was released on December 4, 2007 through 19 Recordings and Arista Records. On October 30, 2007, his first single "Break Anotha" was released. The album landed on number ten on the U.S. Billboard 200 as its highest peak position with 97,500 copies sold in its debut, and has sold over 350,000 copies. After the release of his second single "How Many Words", which peaked at number eight on the U.S. Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs, Lewis was dropped by Arista Records. Lewis eventually signed with Tommy Boy Records.

  8. Tamta



    Tamta Goduadze, (Georgian: თამთა გოდუაძე; Greek: Τάμτα Γκοντουάτζε) known simply as Tamta, is a Georgian-Greek pop singer, famous in Greece and Cyprus for her participation in Super Idol Greece, in which she placed second, and for her later singles such as "Ftes" (Faraway, originally performed by Gala),Agapw (Wanna Play originally performed by RBD, "Den Telionei Etsi I Agapi", "Agapise Me", and "Tonight".

  9. Diana DeGarmo

    Diana DeGarmo


    Diana Nicole DeGarmo (born June 16, 1987) is a singer, songwriter and a Broadway and television actress. She rose to fame in 2004 as the runner-up of the third season of American Idol. In 2005, DeGarmo began a career in musical theatre. She has starred in two Broadway, one off-Broadway and three national tour shows. DeGarmo also appeared on The Young and the Restless as Angelina Veneziano in 2011. She has released a full album and two EPs. DeGarmo is married to fifth-season American Idol finalist Ace Young.

  10. Tone Damli Aaberge

    Tone Damli Aaberge


    Tone Damli Aaberge (born 12 April 1988 in Sogndal) is a Norwegian singer. She became famous for being a contestant in the Norwegian version of the Idol series.

  11. Anthony Callea

    Anthony Callea


    Anthony Cosmo Callea (born 13 December 1982) is an Australian singer-songwriter and stage actor of Italian and Maltese descent who rose to prominence after being the runner-up in the 2004 season of Australian Idol. He was signed to Sony Music Australia until 2009 and is now an independent artist. Callea's debut single "The Prayer" is the fastest-selling single by an Australian artist, held the No.1 spot on the ARIA Singles Chart for five weeks, a record for the debut single of an Australian Idol contestant, and was the second-highest selling Australian single of the last decade.

  12. Justin Guarini

    Justin Guarini


    Justin Guarini (born Justin Eldrin Bell; October 28, 1978) is an American singer/musician, actor, host and producer, who in 2002 was the runner-up on the first season of American Idol.

  13. Shannon Noll

    Shannon Noll


    Shannon Noll (born 16 September 1975) is an Australian singer-songwriter who first came to prominence as runner-up of the first season of Australian Idol in 2003, which led to him being signed to Sony BMG. He has released five top ten albums, including two number-one multi-platinum sellers. Noll's first ten singles all peaked inside the ARIA top ten, including three that reached number one. He is the only Australian male artist in Australian chart history to have ten consecutive top ten singles. Noll's debut single "What About Me" was certified 4× platinum and became the highest selling single of 2004 in Australia.

  14. Natalia Druyts

    Natalia Druyts


    Natalia Druyts (born 3 December 1980), best known mononymously as Natalia is a Flemish recording artist and performer. She has sold over 400,000 albums, and over 1 million concert tickets between 2003 and 2010 in Flanders. While she is a major star in Flanders, she is almost unknown in the French-speaking side of Belgium, Wallonia.

  15. Juliette Schoppmann

    Juliette Schoppmann


    Juliette Schoppmann is a German singer, who came to fame as the runner-up of the first season of the television show, Deutschland sucht den SuperStar, the German version of American/Pop Idol.

  16. Jessica Mauboy

    Jessica Mauboy


    Jessica Hilda Mauboy (born 4 August 1989) is an Australian R&B and pop singer, songwriter, and actress. In 2006, Mauboy was the runner-up on the fourth season of Australian Idol; she had auditioned for the talent show in Alice Springs, Northern Territory to pursue a recording career. Mauboy subsequently signed a contract with Sony Music Australia.

  17. Bo Bice

    Bo Bice


    Harold Elwin "Bo" Bice, Jr. (born November 1, 1975) is an American singer and musician who was the runner up against Carrie Underwood in the fourth season of American Idol. Prior to auditioning for American Idol, Bice released a solo album as well as a few albums with his bands while performing in the night club circuit. In 2005, Bice charted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 with a rendition of "Inside Your Heaven" from American Idol. He released the album The Real Thing after American Idol to minor success before being dropped by RCA Records. He started his own record label Sugar Money and subsequently released two more albums, See the Light and 3. As of 2014, he is also the lead singer of the touring version of Blood, Sweat & Tears.

  18. Amit Paul

    Amit Paul


    Amit Paul (born in Shillong, India ) is an Indian singer. His career started by being runner up in the Indian Idol season 3. He has become a budding playback singer in the Hindi film industry as well as Bengali and Nepali movies.

  19. Craig Sharpe

    Craig Sharpe


    Craig Sharpe (born September 23, 1989 in Carbonear) is a Canadian pop singer who was the runner-up on Canadian Idol 4, having finished a close second behind winner Eva Avila. He came through seven rounds of auditions judged by Canadian Idol's four-member panel. Sharpe is the second contestant from the small community of Upper Island Cove, Newfoundland, Canada (Jason Greeley from season two was the first), and the fourth contestant from the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

  20. Darin Zanyar

    Darin Zanyar


    Darin Zanyar (born 2 June 1987), better known simply as Darin, is a Swedish pop singer and songwriter of Kurdish descent and one of Sweden's best-selling artists, with numerous chart topping songs and music albums.

  21. Crystal Bowersox

    Crystal Bowersox


    Crystal Lynn Bowersox (born August 4, 1985) is an American singer-songwriter and actress, who was the runner-up on the ninth season of American Idol. She was the first female finalist in three years.

  22. Matt Corby

    Matt Corby


    Matthew John Corby (born 7 November 1990) is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician. He achieved his commercial breakthrough with his fourth EP, Into the Flame (2011), which peaked at No. 3 on the ARIA Singles Chart and by April 2012, was certified 6× Platinum by ARIA. His 2011 single "Brother" and his 2013 single "Resolution" both won ARIA Music Awards for Song of the Year.

  23. Shahd Barmada

    Shahd Barmada


    Shahd Barmada (Arabic: شهد برمدا‎) (born August 14, 1988 in Aleppo, Syria) is a singer known for being runner up of Super Star 3, the pan-Arabic version of Pop Idol. She gained 47% of the total vote below Ibrahim El Hakami from Saudi Arabia.

  24. Jaydee Bixby

    Jaydee Bixby


    Jaydee Bixby (born August 14, 1990 in Drumheller, AB) is a Canadian country musician who was the runner-up on the fifth season of Canadian Idol. In 2008 he signed with Her Royal Majesty's Records and went on to release his debut album Cowboys and Cadillacs. Moving on to On Ramp Records in 2010, he released his second album Easy to Love.

  25. Benjamin Siksou

    Benjamin Siksou


    Benjamin Siksou (born 8 February 1987) is a French singer-songwriter and actor. He sings in a "jazz blues" style and plays the guitar, piano, and the violin.

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