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6 Unforgettable ‘American Idol’ Auditions

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We remember the winners, but too often we forget the American Idol auditions. Scotty McCreery, Carrie Underwood, Casey James and Kellie Pickler all started as nervous singers on a stage in front of three (or more) scrutinizing judges. Even though all would go on to become finalists, things didn’t go great for the six featured in this Unforgettable American Idol Auditions video.

Lauren Alaina and Kelly Clarkson are two more featured here. Relive Jennifer Lopez‘s reaction as a teenaged McCreery sings for the first time, and watch as one judge asks a singer to take off the shirt! Do you remember when Clarkson flipped the script on Randy Jackson? Or how about who sang with Alaina?

Of course, Underwood and McCreery were the only two American Idol winners to rely on country songs, but later Clarkson now dabbles in the genre. James, Pickler and Alaina didn’t win Idol, but have enjoyed successful solo careers in the years since. We could have included all country finalists (all two dozen-plus of them), but that would have made this video four hours long. So, we narrowed it down to our faves.

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