The Top 10 Texas Performances on American Idol

Kelly Clarkson's emotional return to American Idol last month got us thinking about the best performances by Texans on the show.EXPAND
Kelly Clarkson's emotional return to American Idol last month got us thinking about the best performances by Texans on the show.

We're always proud when Texans make their way to reality TV. OK, scratch that. We guess it depends. But making it to the finals of American Idol, the biggest and best reality competition singing show on TV right now, is something to be proud of. The show has been pulling out all the stops for its final season, including an emotional return from season one winner and Burleson native Kelly Clarkson. Which got us thinking: What are the best AI performances by Texans from the show's 15-season run? Drumroll, please.

10. "Kiss Me" by Lacey Brown

Lacey Brown had such a unique sound and that’s why her rendition of “Kiss Me” was so memorable. It’s apparent during this performance how much she enjoys singing for a crowd. Brown finished 12th during season 9.

9. "Knock on Wood" by Kimberly Caldwell

It was easy to see that Kimberly Caldwell had the star quality American Idol typically looks for: She looked good and she had fun on stage. But she could sing and entertain a crowd just as well. Her performance of “Knock on Wood” is one to remember.

8. "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Tim Urban

Ah, yes, Tim Urban stripped down the already simple “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley, then added his own flair: By singing the tune while strumming his perfect guitar and also melting all preteen girls’ hearts in the process with his shaggy hair. It impressed the judges, even the irascible Simon Cowell. Urban finished seventh.

7. "Bleeding Love" by Hollie Cavanagh

It’s hard to match the vocals of a song by Leona Lewis, but McKinney native Hollie Cavanagh did it. Sitting at the piano in a long black dress, Cavanagh poured out her soul and finished in fourth place.

6. "Hey There Delilah" by Dalton Rapattoni

Dalton Rapattoni is representing Dallas in AI's farewell season, and he's there because he can take almost any song and completely change it. Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah” is a good song, but it’s recorded as a sweet love song. Rapattoni took it and made it an amped-up rock song. Not only did the judges love it, but hundreds of screaming girls in the audience also couldn’t get enough. There may be more highlights yet to come from this kid.

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