FILE - In this May 16, 2013, file photo, Michael Johns arrives at the 'American Idol' finale at the Nokia Theatre at L. The network and his family released statements Saturday confirming the Australian-born singer's death.
Johns, who appeared in season 7 of the hit Fox singing competition and was voted off in an eighth-round stunner, has died. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) "American Idol" contestant Michael Johns, who appeared in season 7 of the show, has died at 35.
Corey Clark (Season 2, Placed 9th)The first Idol scandal to result in a contestant leaving the show during the season centered on this California-born soul singer, who was booted not because of his coffeehouse-worthy version of “Drift Away” during that season’s Country Rock night, but because he’d been charged with battery and resisting arrest in Kansas.
(Years later, he fired back at the show on Primetime Live, saying that he’d been enmeshed in a sexual relationship with Paula Abdul — an interview that was parodied during the season-four finale, when Simon Cowell claimed to be involved in an affair with himself.) 163. Like Fox would have let that be someone’s swan song! Tim Urban (Season 9, Placed 7th)Season nine’s teen-idol hope entered the finals on a technicality and was embraced by Vote for the Worst from the jump.
plastered in front of millions of people - they're not Teflon-coated.
But Lazaro, a Floridian with a speech impediment who sailed into that year’s finals through the admittedly baller move of singing a song by just-installed judge Keith Urban, hung on long enough that year to make Idol obsessives wonder if his Vote for the Worst endorsement was the equivalent of a Teflon suit.Only 168 people in the world can currently claim to be American Idol finalists; at the end of February, that number will rise to 178.(Thanks to the variance of talent pools and Fox’s faith in Idol’s ability to pump up its ratings, the number of finalists has varied from season to season; the final run’s finalist-tally of ten matches that of its first year.) As a warm-up for this final run through the Idol choreography, we’ve decided to rank those singers who have reached the almost-winner’s circle.Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries.We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market.