These Latino Contestants Stole The Show, And Audience Hearts, When They Competed On ‘American Idol’

“American Idol” has gone through a few transformation since it first hit TV screens with Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. Many celebrities have lent their skills to the judges’ panel and many contestants have become stars on their own. One thing that hasn’t changed, Latino excellence on the show. Here are 19 Latinos who we still think about even years after their season because they are just so good.

1. Scotty McCreery, Season 10

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Scotty McCreery is the first Latino to win “American Idol” and he has used his win to go place. Sure, it might be in folky, country music, but that’s what is so great about Latinos. We are diverse within our own community.

2. Michelle Sussett, Season 16

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Michelle Sussett caught everyone’s attention when she auditioned with a Selena song at the beginning. She kept her Latinidad in the forefront of her competition even singing the bilingual version of “Remember Me” from the Disney movie “Coco.”

3. Chris Medina, Season 10

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Chris Medina was a young, long-haird barista when he auditioned for “American Idol and he has certainly grown up since. He might not be blowing up the airwaves in the U.S., but Median is definitely a star in Europe, specifically Norway.

4. Andrew Garcia, Season 9

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Andrew Garcia made it to the top 10 on his season of “American Idol.” Since the show, Garcia has made a name for himself within the music world and is one of the many success stories from the show.

5. Ada Vox, Season 16 (and Season 12)

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Ada Vox first auditioned for “American Idol” for the 12th season as Adam Sanders. After losing that season, Sanders when home and soon the personality of Vox formed and Sanders found a voice. He made ‘American Idol” history by becoming a drag queen to advance to the top 10 before being eliminated, unjustly tbh.

6. David Archuleta, Season 7

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David Archuleta auditioned for “American Idol” when he was just 16 years old and he showed no fear. The young man became the youngest person to make it to the top finishing in second place for his season.

7. Jessica Sanchez, Season 11

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Jessica Sanchez is the first female contestant of “American Idol” to get a judge’s save and it definitely was worth it. After the close call, Sanchez made it to second place behind Phillip Phillips.

8. Brandon Diaz, Season 16

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From the smile to the hair, it is clear that no one is going to forget Brandon Diaz any time soon. The young man gave it his all on “American Idol,” even singing “Despactio” with Luis Fonsi during the duets but he just couldn’t make it to the top 14.

9. Victoria Acosta, Season 12

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Victoria Acosta was all over the television when she was competing on “American Idol” with her mariachi singing chops. Now, she keeps a rather low-profile life with a private Instagram account.

10. Karen Rodriguez, Season 12

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Karen Rodriguez used her time on “American Idol” to start her singing career and here she is years later signing a record deal. That is what you call determination, a quality we should all possess.

11. Jeremy Rosado, Season 11

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Jeremy Rosado sang his heart out on his season, even being a Wild Card contestant to shake things up. While eh tried his best, he wasn’t able to make it to the top 10. However, the young man is still singing so make sure you check him out.

12. Vanessa Olivarez , Season 2

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Vanessa Olivarez is an OG “American Idol” name. She was there for the second season when everyone was still obsessed with the show, and Simon Cowell’s obsession with being mean.

13. David Hernandez, Season 7

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There is just no denying that this man’s good looks definitely left an impression on the fans and judges. However, what he did for work before the show is what really caught folks attention. Hernandez is now using his name and fame to represent the LGBTQ community through music since coming out after the show.

14. Jason Castro, Season 7

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Jason Castro surprised everyone with his voice when he auditioned for “American Idol.” Now, the singer makes a living with music and lives a nice life with his wife and children. Can’t be mad at that.

15. Syesah Mercado, Season 7

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Straight from Miami, Syesha Mercado was a force to be reckoned with on “American Idol.” Her voice was powerful and her tiny frame was the perfect vessel to deliver her gift to millions of Americans.

16. Allison Iraheta, Season 8

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Even at the beginning, Allison Iraheta loved to use fun colors in her hair because why not. The singer might not have won her season but she is still making music and staying relevant in the music world.

17. Lazaro Arbos, Season 12

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Lazaro Arbos made it all the way to the top 10 in his season and his talent is a major reason why. The Cuban native laid it all on the stage in the final performances trying to get the votes needed to win the prize.

18. Devin Velez, Season 12

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Devin Velez was one of the top 10 from season 12 and it is clear why. He has the voice. He has the look. He has the drive. Velez will always be remembered for his version of Andrea Bocelli’s “Somos Novios.”

19. Jorge Nuñez-Mendez, Season 8

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Jorge Nuñez-Mendez is a hard man to find on social media but he made a big splash on season 8. He made it to the top 15 before being eliminated despite his obvious talent.

Here’s How Upset Some ‘American Idol’ Fans Are That A Drag Queen Made The Top Ten


Here’s How Upset Some ‘American Idol’ Fans Are That A Drag Queen Made The Top Ten

“I think we do know talent when we see it.”

American Idol contestant Ada Vox had the audience chanting her name over the roof top after slaying her performance of Jennifer Holliday’s “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” The loud applauses and the judge’s standing ovation left Vox emotionally overwhelmed. Although Vox wasn’t one of the top contestants to be chosen through America’s votes, the judges overruled the voting outcome to put Vox in the top ten.

Katy Perry took off her earrings and said, “I think we do know talent when we see it.”

It was then the judges collectively made the executive decision to send Vox to the top ten, making her the first ever drag queen to make it to “American Idol’s” top ten. In response, several “American Idol” fans had mixed emotions about this decision.

Some were particularly bothered about Vox’s stage identity as a drag queen.

However, those types of hateful comments were shut down quickly.

Yes, yes, and yes. ? There’s no one version or definition of who an American idol is or should be.

Also brought to the top ten by the judges was contestant Michelle Sussett.

Rather than performing a cover of a song, Sussett performed an original song of hers called “I’m a Dreamer.” In both Spanish and English, Sussett sang her heart out, delivering lyrics that resonated very much with DREAMers across America. One of these impactful lyrics being, “I’m just like you, I just want something better. It doesn’t matter where you come from.”

Similar to Vox’s case, it wasn’t America’s votes that took Sussett to the top ten, rather the judge’s collective decision. This makes Sussett the first ever Venezuelan to make it to “American Idol’s” top ten.

Some “American Idol” fans disagreed with the judge’s decision.

Others, on the other hand, recognized Sussett’s hard work.

Stay tuned for the next episode of “American Idol” on Sunday, April 29th to follow Vox and Sussett’s journey and make sure to vote for your favorite contestants here.

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WATCH: This Duet Performance Gets Venezuelan Singer, Michelle Sussett, To The Next Round Of ‘American Idol’


WATCH: This Duet Performance Gets Venezuelan Singer, Michelle Sussett, To The Next Round Of ‘American Idol’

“That is what you call chemistry.”

Venezuelan refugee Michelle Sussett received a standing ovation from all of the “American Idol” judges last night. The singer nailed her duet performance with “Despacito” star, Luis Fonsi. The two were right at home singing a bittersweet love and loss song to each other. The two Latin singers covered “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt.

“That is what you call chemistry. Your voices blended together perfectly,” said judge Lionel Richie.

Sussett began her American Idol journey with her audition performance of queen Selena Quintanilla’s song, “Techno Cumbia.” She worked her way up to American Idol’s top 24 with performances of “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross, “24k Magic” by Bruno Mars and “If I Were A Boy” by Beyonce. And now with her duet performance, Sussett has won herself a spot in the top 14 of “American Idol.”

Sussett was left completely speechless and in tears after receiving the news about her advancement in the competition.

As a Venezuelan refugee who left her hometown in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, making it this far in the competition is beyond huge for Sussett. She came to the United States at 18 years old and hasn’t been able to see her mother since then, who still remains in Venezuela.

“Venezuela is going through so many bad things right now. I hope that me being here can somehow bring them joy,” Sussett said during one of her rehearsals with Fonsi. 

Sussett took to Twitter to express her gratitude for all of her supporters and we can’t wait to see how far she makes it in “American Idol.” ??

Congratulations, Sussett!

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