Please note, rankings are determined on American Idol performances only, not on what they have accomplished since their time on the show.
In addition, since we don't know whether Phil Stacey or Chris Richardson finished at #5 for Season 6, I have (possibly incorrectly) put Phil on the list of 6th place finishers, and Chris appears on this list
1. Paris Bennett(Season 5)
Best Known For: Strong jazzy voice; uncannily mature performance style
Best Performance: "Fever," "The Show Must Go On"
Worst Performance: Not a terrible performance in the bunch, but if I had to name one I'd go with "How Do I Live"
Post-AI: Debut CD, "Princess P," released later this month
2. Trenyce (Season 2)
Best Known For: Sadly, her shoplifiting arrest (that mug shot is pretty memorable)
Best Performance: "Proud Mary," "Love Will Keep Us Together"
Worst Performance: "I Need You"
Post AI: Busy acting and singing in stage productions around the country, but has yet to make it to Broadway
3. George Huff (Season 3)
Best Known For: Lovable personality, and "bopping" dance style
Best Performance: "Take Me to the Pilot"
Worst Performance: "I Can Love You Like That"
Post AI: Released an album in late '05 called "Miracles"
4. Chris Richardson(Season 6)
Best Known For: Being a Justin Timberlake look-and-sound-alike (and, in my opinion, the cutest male contestant the show has ever had)
Best Performance: "Geek in the Pink," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
Worst Performance: "The Boss"
Post AI: We'll see...
5. RJ Helton(Season 1)
Best Known For: Being called a "loser" by Simon, resulting in the famous Season 1 fight between Simon and Randy
Best Performance: "Lately"
Worst Performance: "I Won't Dance"
Post AI: Released an album of Christian music (which is actually pretty good); recently publicly came out of the closet; quoted in a recent article about "American Idol's Gay Secret" in Advocate magazine
6. Scott Savol(Season 4)
Best Known For: Probably the least charming contestant American Idol has ever had
Best Performance: "Never Too Much"
Worst Performance: Even though his voice isn't really that bad, I'd have to say...the rest
Post AI: Shockingly, he's "working on a CD"