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The Definitive Ranking Of Australian Idol Performances

No turning chairs, no team judges, just pure glorified karaoke competition realness. TOUCHDOWN.

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97. Daniel Belle - 'Rock DJ' (Season 2)

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Can't. Look. Away.

96. Lee Harding - 'Ben' (Season 3)

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This actually happened. On Australian prime time television. In a world we live in.

MJ weeps.

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95. Brianna Carpenter - 'Fidelity' (Season 5)

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o_O

94. Mathew Chadwick - 'If' (Season 1)

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Such smoulder. Many boring note. Very eliminate. Wow.

93. Carl Riseley - 'It's Not Unusual' (Season 5)

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Maybe stick to trumpet?

92. Reigan Derry - 'I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker [With Flowers In My Hair]' (Season 4)

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Nice enough voice but remember how we're all going to pay for letting this song be successful?

91. Scott Newnham - 'Run It' (Season 7)

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The people in the control room had A LOT of fun with this Chris Brown cover.

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90. Scott Newnham - 'Kiss From a Rose' (Season 7)

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To Scott Newnham's credit, the longer it goes, the more he seems to warm up.

89. Natalie Zahra - 'Dancing In The Street' (Season 3)

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There are definitely notes being hit in this Martha & the Vandellas cover, I'm just not sure if any are the right ones.

88. Marty Worrall - 'Drops of Jupiter' (Season 2)

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Probably should have stuck to Billy Corgan impersonations.

87. Daniel Mifsud - 'I Was Made For Loving You' (Season 5)

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Turns out when you slow KISS down it's practically unlistenable.

86. Lisa Mitchell - 'Dancing With Myself' (Season 4)

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Oh oh oh oh no no no no.

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85. Kelly Cavuoto - 'Bring Me To Life' (Season 1)

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Interesting interpretation of an Evanescence classic. Not sure there are too many notes hitting the mark though.

84. Tom Williams - 'You Raise Me Up' (Season 6)

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Footage taken from every high school performance day ever.

83. Rob Mills - 'Angels' (Season 1)

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Love Millsy's nod to Seinfeld with sneakers and jeans and never forget 'Miss Vanity'.

82. Luke Dickens - 'Flame Trees' (Season 6)

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Australian Idol has shown us that we live in a world where there is a singer who can out gravel Jimmy Barnes.

81. Lisa Mitchell - 'Fall At Your Feet' (Season 4)

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Lisa Mitchell mostly looked like a deer in the headlights without her guitar even if Crowded House did seem like a good fit.

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80. Casey Barnes - 'Fire and Rain' (Season 7)

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The definition of WGWGs (White Guys With Guitars).

79. Marijana Topalovic - 'It Must Have Been Love' (Season 7)

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It feels like even Marijana Topalovic didn't want to be there by the end of the song.

78. Daniel Mifsud - 'Cry Me a River' (Season 5)

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How hard could it be to sing JT? Fairly.

77. Tenielle Muslin - 'Kiss Me' (Season 7)

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"There's no putting a foot wrong with a Dawson's Creek classic, surely?"

76. Lana Krost - 'Big Girls Don't Cry' (Season 5)

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Lisa Mitchell worked so well for Season 4 why not try again?

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75. Madam Parker - 'Closer' (Season 6)

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The importance of having a lower register.

74. Dan O'Connor - 'Amazing' (Season 2)

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At least he got a job on Neighbours.

73. Toby Moulton - 'Politik' (Season 7)

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When trendy dads put on skinny jeans Coldplay covers happen.

72. Teale Jakubenko - 'Slide' (Season 6)

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The most interesting element of this contestant is his name and he made it to the Top 4!

71. Ben Worthington - 'Tell Her About It' (Season 3)

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The Australian Idol stage turned into an RSL on a Friday night.

70. Anthony Callea - 'Ignition' (Season 2)

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"Here we go-w"... Australians doing R. Kelly? Callea is the gift that keeps on giving.

69. Chrislyn Hamilton - 'Think' (Season 6)

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The problem with Aretha is that she makes it sound so damn easy to pull off these belters.

It's not.

68. Dean Geyer - 'Turn the Beat Around' (Season 4)

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BACKFLIPS. That is all.

67. Anthony Callea - 'The Reason' (Season 2)

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Anthony Callea sings Hoobastank and Australian Idol makes all the internet's dreams come true.

66. Nathan Brake - 'Music of the Night' (Season 7)

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Not sure the tactic of using Broadway classics to win a reality singing contest is ideal, but then Nathan Brake did make it to the Top 4 so who knows?

65. Mark Da Costa - 'Nutbush City Limits' (Season 5)

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"I know, I'll do a cover of that song everyone sorta knows the dance to at weddings."

64. Holly Weinert - 'Standing In The Way of Control' (Season 5)

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Partially here to highlight how badass Beth Ditto is, partially here because of the pottery part to Holly's back story.

63. Chris Murphy - 'Evie Pt.1' (Season 4)

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Brother to past contestant Courtney Murphy, the guitar mostly seems like a prop.

62. Tom Williams - 'Waiting on the World to Change' (Season 6)

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The missing One Direction audition tape.

61. Amali Ward - 'Shackles [Praise You]' (Season 2)

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Is there anything more noughties than a Mary Mary cover?

60. Hayley Jensen - 'Weir' (Season 2)

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On the list because nothing puts the 'Australia' into Australian Idol like a cover of Killing Heidi.

59. Marty Simpson - 'Won't Back Down' (Season 5)

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Before Xavier Rudd became Xavier Rudd, probably.

58. Ricky Muscat - 'Get Down On It' (Season 4)

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Did Australian Idol producers clone Anthony Callea?

57. Daniel Belle - 'Your Song' (Season 2)

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Channelling Josh Groban was really big in the noughties even whilst singing Elton John.

56. Ricki-Lee Coulter - 'Don't Let Go' (Season 2)

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Husky tones and a capella En Vogue sent Ricki-Lee straight through to Sydney.

55. Kate Cook - 'Landslide' (Season 7)

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Because akubra ALWAYS = country.

54. Jacob Butler - 'When We Were Young' (Season 5)

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Say it with me, "VELOUR!"

53. Lisa Mitchell - 'Collide'/'See It In Your Eyes' (Season 4)

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Howie Day + an original track sent Lisa Mitchell on a one way trip to becoming a Triple J darling.

52. Klancie Keough - 'Jolene' (Season 4)

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Klancie Keough plays the role of the token Kountry singer.

51. James Johnston - 'How to Save a Life' (Season 7)

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Gosh, The Fray had a lot of fun in the noughties.

50. Roshani Priddis - 'If I Ain't Got You' (Season 6)

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Because Em Rusciano's version is no where to be found online.

49. Dean Geyer - 'Nice To Meet You' (Season 4)

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How to avoid bombing a cover? Sing an original.

48. Emily Williams - 'I Will Always Love You' (Season 3)

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It's hard to take on Dolly or Whitney but Emily Williams shakily took on the challenge.

47. Lyall Adonis - 'Original' (Season 5)

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Stock standard decent voice, guitar slinging, Australian Idol auditionee.

46. Kate DeAraugo - 'Heaven' (Season 3)

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A Young Diva alum who started out as an Australian Idol winner. Nice pipes.

45. Wes Carr - 'Black or White' (Season 6)

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White guy sings 'Black or White' by black guy who looks white.

44. Mark Spano - 'Angie' (Season 6)

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A nice Rolling Stones cover ruined by Vile Kyle yelling "stupid girls" to the audience. Sigh.

43. Roxanne LeBrasse - 'Natural Woman' (Season 3)

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Taking on an Aretha Franklin monster is no mean feat and Roxanne does pretty well by Australian Idol standards.

42. Milly Edwards - 'I Just Wanna Make Love To You' (Season 3)

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Milly is totally Season 3's "rock chick" because hair dye.

41. Dean Geyer - 'I'll Be' (Season 4)

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Look, Dean Geyer was never the strongest singer but picking an Edwin McCain cover shows how song choice really makes a difference.

40. Ben McKenzie - 'Hide and Seek' (Season 5)

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Imogen Heap made it big with her tracks playing on The O.C which in turn stars American actor Benjamin McKenzie. So there's that.

39. Bobby Flynn - 'Under Pressure' (Season 4)

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Coming to a summer festival near you - HEAVY MALE EYE MAKE UP.

38. Kate Cook - 'Untitled' (Season 7)

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Has there been a more earnest Australian Idol audition?

37. Tarisai Vushe - 'I Have Nothing' (Season 5)

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Tarisai Vushe knows that Tarisai Vushe can sing.

36. Dan England - 'Try a Little Tenderness' (Season 3)

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John Butler auditions for Australian Idol and gets through.

35. Natalie Gauci - 'Umbrella' (Season 5)

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Step 1. Choose popular song.

Step 2. Slow down arrangement.

Step 3. ????

Step 4. TOUCHDOWN.

34. Emily Williams - 'River Deep Mountain High' (Season 3)

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Emily Williams does what Cosima De Vito couldn't - finish singing this blistering Ike & Tina Turner cover.

33. Hayley Warner - 'I Do Not Hook Up' (Season 7)

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One of the better poppy punk contestants on Australian Idol.

32. Ben McKenzie - 'Mad World' (Season 5)

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For a Gary Jules cover of a Tears for Fears song, teen Ben McKenzie gets the job done.

31. Thanh Bui - 'Please Don't Ask Me' (Season 6)

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The soothing sounds of John Farnham, ladies and gentlemen.

30. Bobby Flynn - 'Under the Milky Way' (Season 4)

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Another of the legitimate musicians in the Australian Idol stables, Bobby Flynn went on to release an independent record.

29. Courtney Murphy - 'She Will Be Loved' (Season 2)

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Murphy did the unimaginable, he made a Maroon 5 song listenable.

28. Peter Ryan - 'Right Here Waiting For You' (Season 1)

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Peter might have nailed this Richard Marx song, but it turns out tween girls don't vote for pig farmers from NSW.

27. Damien Leith - 'Nessun Dorma' (Season 4)

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If singing in another language is good enough for Anthony Callea, it's good enough for Damien Leith, right?

26. Natalie Gauci - 'Boys In Town' (Season 5)

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Surely Chrissie Amphlett would approve of standing on a piano?

25. Stan Walker - 'The Climb' (Season 7)

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In reality show world, gender switching songs is a sure fire way to success.

24. Tarisai Vushe - 'Somebody To Love' (Season 5)

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Small lady, huge voice - knocks Queen outta the park.

23. Bobby Flynn - 'Superfreak' (Season 4)

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Bringing a little bossanova to Australian Idol is risky but it paid off for Bobby Flynn with a TOUCHDOWN.

22. Stan Walker - 'Ordinary People' (Season 7)

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NZ has been kind to Australian Idol.

21. Thanh Bui - 'The Winner Takes It All' (Season 6)

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Thanh Bui just scrapes past Meryl Streep with this ABBA classic.

20. Natalie Gauci - 'Man In The Mirror' (Season 5)

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Great to see an Australian Idol contestant doing a cover and not changing pronouns.

19. Shannon Noll - 'Working Class Man' (Season 1)

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Guns. Barnes. Straya.

18. Matt Corby - 'The Blower's Daughter' (Season 5)

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Song choice, song choice, song choice. Matt Corby worked to his strengths with a popular Damian Rice cover off the Closer soundtrack.

17. Chanel Cole - 'Constant Craving' (Season 2)

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At this point, I could listen to Chanel Cole sing parliamentary Hansard. Her cover of k.d lang is a treat!

16. Courtney Act - 'You Don't Own Me' (Season 1)

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Australian Idol introduced the world to Courtney Act and she's never looked back.

15. Damien Leith - 'Hallelujah' (Season 4)

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Shrek and Simon Cowell have a lot to answer for RE beating this song to a bloody pulp.

14. Rebekah Lavauney - 'Ex-Factor' (Season 1)

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Rebekah's soulful imitation of Lauryn Hill went down a treat.

13. Jessica Mauboy - 'Beautiful' (Season 4)

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No wonder Eurovision snapped up 'Our Jess'.

12. Paulini Curuenavuli - 'Freeway of Love' (Season 1)

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Pretty much any Paulini performance elicited a TOUCHDOWN because she's a powerhouse. Also Dicko being a massive bodyshaming dickhead.

11. Casey Donovan - 'The Special Ones' (Season 2)

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Classic Aussie band George notching up another of Donovan's TOUCHDOWNS.

10. Stan Walker - 'It's a Man's Man's Man's World' (Season 7)

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Because his 'Purple Rain' performance has been wiped from the internet.

9. Ngaiire Joseph - 'Back to the Middle' (Season 2)

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india.arie covers always bring out the best in Idol contestants.

8. Cosima De Vito - 'When the War is Over' (Season 1)

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Before nodules forced her time on Australian Idol to be over.

7. Bobby Flynn - 'When the War is Over' (Season 4)

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The second of the 'When the War is Over' covers, Bobby Flynn put his own spin on the Cold Chisel track making it almost unrecognisable.

6. Matt Corby - 'Superstition' (Season 5)

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Pre-being every festival-going, flower crown wearing punter's wet dream, he was on Australian Idol singing Stevie Wonder. #neverforget

5. Anthony Callea - 'The Prayer' (Season 2)

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What's better than belting out a regular cover? Belting out a bilingual DUET.

4. Jessica Mauboy - 'I Have Nothing' (Season 4)

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Taking on Whitney in the middle of the NT desert - bad ass.

3. Casey Donovan - 'Here's Where I Stand' (Season 2)

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The Queen of song choice, Donovan's cover of Tiffany Taylor's Camp anthem earned every last cringeworthy TOUCHDOWN moment.

2. Chanel Cole - 'Glorybox' (Season 2)

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The first quirky contestant on a singing contest.

Portishead, The Badloves and k.d lang covers? Now that's diversity in song choice.

1. Guy Sebastian - 'Climb Every Mountain' (Season 1)

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The original and the best.

HONOURABLE MENTION - Cosima De Vito Withdraws

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Shoutout to the distraught guy at 0'55.

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