Commencing in 2002, American Idol has indeed served as among the springboard for launching the career of many aspirants to becoming bona fide stars.
Being considered as one of most successful reality competitions in history, not to mention that it's currently on its 17th season, it got several incarnations in various countries in pursuit of discovering the next superstars who could possibly take the world by storm with their singing prowess.
This 2019, Philippines is the next nation to franchise it and will soon begin airing the first season of Idol Philippines. As we look forward on the search for our next vocal champion, let's reminisce how our kababayans, who took a leap of faith by participating in American Idol in the previous years, fared in the contest and wowed the world with their incredible talent.
The first-ever Filipino to step on the competition, he immediately proved why we are recognized as among "the best singers in the world" by making it until the Top 10.
The second Pinoy-blooded contestant of the reality show, he also made Hawaii proud as the first singer from the U.S. state to reach the finals or the Top 32.
Her rendition of The Fugees' "Ready or Not" gained the nods of all the three judges in the Season 3 auditions and she continued to be on the "safe" list before getting eliminated on the Top 9.
Another Pinay to showcase her impressive vocal power on the Season 3, she indeed gave us hope that we would be able to clinch the elusive American Idol win for the Philippines when she almost reached the final level. However, she got eliminated in the Top 3 when she earned the least number of votes.
On the succeeding season, not only one, but two Pinays tried their fate in the competition.
First was Melinda, who got her ticket to the competition by wowing the judges with her take on Jennifer Rush's "The Power of Love". Unfortunately, she only made it to the Hollywood round due to low percentage of votes.
Second was Sharon who had the same fate with Melinda. Despite obtaining the nods of all four judges on the auditions, she also only reached the Hollywood round because of the same reason.
Jose “Sway” Penala
His performance of Delaney and Bonnie's "Superstar" helped him get through the initial round of Season 5. But it seemed that his rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed" wasn't able to impress the viewers that much, thus he didn't get picked in the Top 24 selection.
It might took him five tries, but he didn't let his failures hinder him from achieving his dream of making it to the live shows. On the Season 6, he did not only passed in the auditions, but even on the Top 20.
At 44, he was indeed the oldest contestant of Season 7. Despite this, Renaldo was still able to astound the judges by performing his original song "Brothers Forever" and even brought an unforgettable memory with him going home when judges Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul and host Ryan Seacrest sang and danced along with him.
Even though her rendition of the Aretha Franklin hit "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" only got two "Yes" from the judges, she was still able to move on to the next round of the Season 7. She consistently got saved in the succeeding levels until the Top 9, wherein her take on Dolly Parton's "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind" failed to keep her running in the competition.
It might have took three seasons before another Pinay graced the reality show, but Thia proved that our anticipation was indeed worth it when she became part of the Top 13 finalists of American Idol Season 10.
Clint Jun Gamboa
However, it was not only Thia who exhibited Pinoy Power in the 10th season because this crooner was able to survive up to the Top 24 round before getting eliminated.
She is undeniably the most talked about Pinay contender in the history of the program as "she had received six unanimous standing ovations for her competitive performances from the judges -- four for solo performances, one for group performance, and one for duet", making her one of the front-runners of the 11th season.
The most unforgettable part of her stint would be when judge Jennifer Lopez ran to the stage to declare that they're unanimously using their one-time "Judges Save" that spared her from getting eliminated.
In the end, she finished as a runner-up to Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips.
The third youngest contestant in the history of American Idol to reach the live finals, she was deemed by judge Jennifer Lopez and the fans as one of the possible winners of the 13th season. Thus, it came as a surprise when she received the least number of votes during the Top 8 reveal night that ended her run.
Although her performance was exceptional, the judges weren't able to pull her out the elimination since they already used the "Judges Save" to another contender. Instead, the three judges gave her a standing ovation after belting out her farewell song "I Am Changing".
Watch out who's going to be our own first Pinoy Idol on the first-ever Idol Philippines!