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INSIDER: "All 18 American Idol runners-up, ranked from least to most successful"

Filed Under () by broddybounce on Saturday, April 17, 2021

Posted at : Saturday, April 17, 2021

"American Idol has produced 18 winners and 18 runners-up.  In some cases, the runners-up have been more successful than the winners.  We've ranked all runners-up based on Spotify streams, chart success, social media followers, and career paths."



Patria said...

It's a loooong article. It comes with a pic. If you want me to remove this post, let me know Broddy.

Adam Lambert is easily the most successful "Idol" runner-up. He lost to Kris Allen during season eight in 2009.

Lambert is, to date, the only "Idol" runner-up to be nominated for a Grammy — he was nominated in 2011 for his single "Whataya Want From Me." The song also has 96 million streams and reached No. 10 on the Hot 100.

The 39-year-old's first three albums all made it to the top three of the Billboard 200, with two reaching No. 1. He's also had success on the Adult Top 40 chart, and his most-streamed song is 2015's "Ghost Town," with 238 million streams.

Lambert also acts, and he has appeared on episodes of "Glee," "Pretty Little Liars," and in the live musical version of "Rocky Horror." He also voiced a role in "Playmobil: The Movie" and had a little cameo in "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Speaking of Queen, Lambert now, of course, is best known for taking over Freddie Mercury's lead singer duties in Queen. He's toured with the legendary group since 2012, and they're currently working on new music together.

He also has 1.6 million followers on Instagram, the only runner-up to crack 1 million.