American Idol Rejects?

Not sure what season of AI this is, but I have actually watched four different episodes this year -- which is twice as many as I've watched of all previous seasons combined. I'm more of an Ultimate Fighter fan. But I digress.

The most interesting thing I've noticed about AI is that they have really nailed their niche...and I'm not it. While I'll be the first to admit that the singers all have talent, most of them just don't appeal to me. They're boring. Pop, divas, blah, blah, blah. Their vocal styles seem so cookie-cutter. That got me thinking: Which vocalist do I most admire, and would they even stand a chance on AI or would they get booted right away?

So, here's a list of my all-time favorite vocalists (in alphabetical order by first name). Whether you also like these artists or not, I think you'll agree that they represent some very unique and identifiable vocals. I'll let you decide whether you think they would end up as AI rejects. Keep in mind that this is not necessarily my list of favorite bands/artists, which is why there aren't a lot of "new" artists on the list. I feel like most of today's artist have fairly forgettable vocal styles (my personal-and-mostly-irrelevant opinion). If you feel so inclined, name your fav crooners (i.e., NOT band/artist) in the comments.

  1. Bing Crosby
  2. Bryan Duncan
  3. Charlie Peacock
  4. Chris Padgett (Scarecrow and Tinmen)
  5. Crystal Lewis
  6. David Lee Roth (Van Halen)
  7. Fred Hammond (Commissioned)
  8. Gavin DeGraw
  9. Geddy Lee (Rush)
  10. Greg Volz (Petra)
  11. Howard Hewett
  12. John Schlitt (Petra)
  13. Jon Gibson
  14. Jonny Lang
  15. Klaus Meine (Scorpions)
  16. Louis Armstrong
  17. Ozzy Osbourne
  18. Ric Ocasek (The Cars)
  19. Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)
  20. Troy Johnson
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  1. A few observations.

    I don't know that I could identify some of the folks on your list, so it's hard to say if they'd make the AI cut or not.

    I will say that while many of the folks on AI seem alike...Adam Lambert is so NOT mainstream!!