The 20 Most Memorable Performances on ‘American Idol’


American Idol is back for its 13th season with a two-night event beginning this Wednesday and Thursday at 8/7 p.m. on FOX.

But before we look ahead to another season of incredible undiscovered talent, let’s go back to the performances that brought us (and the judges) to our feet over the past 12 years.

Any we forgot? Let us know in the comments below!

Jordin Sparks — “To Love Somebody” (Season 6)

Katherine McPhee — “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (Season 5)

Lee DeWyze — “Hallelujah” (Season 9)

Phillip Phillips — “Home” (Season 11)

Adam Lambert — “Mad World” (Season 8)

Scotty McCreery — “Amazed” (Season 10)

David Cook — “Hello” (Season 7)

Ruben Studdard — “If Ever You’re in My Arms Again” (Season 2)

Constantine Maroulis — “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Season 4)

Jennifer Hudson — “Circle of Life” (Season 3)

Haley Reinhart — “Bennie and the Jets” (Season 10)

Fantasia Barrino — “Summertime” (Season 3)

David Cook — “Eleanor Rigby” (Season 7)

Chris Daughtry — “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” (Season 5)

Jessica Sanchez — “I Will Always Love You” (Season 11)

Candice Glover — “Lovesong” (Season 12)

Carrie Underwood — “Alone” (Season 4)

Adam Lambert — “Whole Lotta Love” (Season 8)

Clay Aiken — “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (Season 2)

Kelly Clarkson — “Respect” (Season 1)