American Idol Greatest Moments

American Idol Greatest Moments

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by Kelly Clarkson
Those still suffering without their weekly dose of American Idol will find comfort in this disc, featuring songs by the reality talent show's ten finalists. As on the TV program, the performances are hit-or-miss, but on record, even dull-as-dishwater crooners Jim "cry baby" Verraros's soul-lite cover of the Commodores' "Easy" and Backstreet Boys reject A. 


Those still suffering without their weekly dose of American Idol will find comfort in this disc, featuring songs by the reality talent show's ten finalists. As on the TV program, the performances are hit-or-miss, but on record, even dull-as-dishwater crooners Jim "cry baby" Verraros's soul-lite cover of the Commodores' "Easy" and Backstreet Boys reject A. J. Gill's bland rendering of Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour" boast enough spark to escape a tongue-lashing by smarmy Brit judge Simon. While belly- and cleavage-baring rocker chicks Nikki McKibbin and Ryan Starr provide entertaining karaoke queen contributions, the disc will, one hopes, give maximum exposure to more deserving finalists such as Tamyra "Move Over, Whitney Houston" Gray and heartthrob runner-up Justin Guarini, who check in with spine-tingling renditions of Luther Vandross's "A House Is Not a Home" and Oleta Adams's "Get Here," respectively. And who can forget the ultimate American Idol, Kelly Clarkson? Well, no one, because the kitschy collection includes four songs by the champ -- including the perky Texan's No. 1 single, "A Moment like This," and her powerhouse rendition of Aretha Franklin's "Natural Woman." Clarkson may be the sole winner, but all of the participants have big dreams. And thanks to American Idol's Greatest Moments and its supporting national tour, these wannabes can extend their time in the spotlight longer than the usual 15 minutes.

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Arriving as soon as possible after the phenomenal success of Fox's American Idol: The Search for a Superstar and just before the American Idol national tour begins, American Idol: Greatest Moments collects some of the ten semi-finalists' definitive performances from the series. Though it's strange for any of these singers to appear on a greatest-hits collection before the winner, Kelly Clarkson, even released her debut album, it isn't all that surprising -- with the tremendous amount of exposure the show attracted, even the most marginally talented semi-finalists still have a few minutes of fame left. As with the show itself, where each of the performers got more or less an equal shot at proving their talent, American Idol: Greatest Moments is relatively democratic: The winner and runner-up, Clarkson and Justin Guarini, get two songs apiece, the rest of the final ten each get one song, and the album closes with an ensemble number, the lackluster rendition of "California Dreamin'" all ten finalists performed on American Idol's final episode. Though democracy is an admirable trait in other ways of American life, in American Idol: Greatest Moments it does some of the more talented semi-finalists a disservice; while it's nice to commemorate Jim, AJ, and EJ's tenures on the show with their versions of "Easy," "I'll Be," and "My Cherie Amour," respectively, it also would've been nice to hear more from some of the more memorable contestants, particularly Tamyra Gray, whose "A House Is Not a Home" was one of the show's highlights (but then, nearly every time she sang it was a highlight), and Christina Christian, whose cool, languid style -- represented here by "Ain't No Sunshine" -- just didn't translate well in a contest designed to discover the next Whitney Houston or Justin Timberlake. Some of the selections are also somewhat questionable: Nikki's performance of "Piece of My Heart" is adequate, but doesn't showcase her voice as well as her version of "I'm the Only One" did just a few weeks later. As usual, Guarini and Clarkson sound polished and professional on their signature songs, "Get Here" and "Respect." However, starting the album out with their performances means the album tends to go downhill from there. Craftily, American Idol: Greatest Moments doesn't feature Clarkson or Guarini's renditions of the official American Idol songs, "Before Your Love" or "A Moment Like This" -- you'll have to pick up their respective albums for those. Overall, the collection is definitely a product of the show that inspired it, which will doubtlessly please the fans of the newly minted pop stars on it.

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  1. (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman by Kelly Clarkson
  2. Respect by Kelly Clarkson
  3. For Once In My Life by Justin Guarini
  4. Get Here by Justin Guarini
  5. Piece Of My Heart by Nikki McKibbin
  6. A House Is Not a Home by Tamyra Gray
  7. Lately by RJ Helton
  8. Ain't No Sunshine by Christina Christian
  9. If You Really Love Me by Ryan Star
  10. My Cherie Amour by A.J. Gill
  11. I'll Be by E.J. Day
  12. Easy by Jim Verraros
  13. California Dreamin' by The Finalists
  14. A Moment Like This (Bonus Track) by Kelly Clarkson
  15. Before Your Love (Bonus Track) by Kelly Clarkson

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American Idol Greatest Moments 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched American Idol, and loved was the best show ever! I rate this 5 stars. The show, songs, and cd are outstanding!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think everyone was a great singer in this competition, but I am still dissapointed Kelly won. Tamyra was the best. All of them had special talents. The album is a hit. I hope they all succeed in life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These ten finalists from American Idol are a group of very talented people. Kelly Clarkson has an amazing voice as do the other nine. I would definently recommend this music- it will put you in a great mood and who wouldn't enjoy these people's wonderful gifts!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd rox!!! the american idol show does too!! if you don't get this cd, you're missin out!!!!!!!! kelly clarkson has an amazin voice! once i get this cd, it'll be my ultimate favorite!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The show was amazing(except for justin's afro) and so are the songs on this cd. This is a must to have,so go out and buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rushed out to buy the compilation CD and was amazed at the professional quality of every song. Justin is by far my fav and he didn't disappoint. Tamayra's rendition of "A House Is Not A Home" raised goosebumps up and down my arms. Every track is a hit for me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved watching American Idol! It is my favorite show. I love all the songs on the album. I especially love Kelly''s songs and For once in my life sung by justin. The songs are beautiful! I recommed this album to everyone who is a fan of the show or of Kelly Clarkson. You won't be dispointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I amazed by this CD because every single one of them has done an amazing job in trying their best! Regardless if they didn't win, I bet they would still make it in the entertainment biz. I bought this CD because I saw that this CD was a souviner from the show.... And I really enjoy it. Kelly does a wonderful job on her songs!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I knew from the start Kelly would win! Just becaue she is awesome! And Christina Christian should have made it further than Nikki! Nikki is so awfull! Kelly also needs more songs on the CD. But all and all it's pretty good, I would recommend it for American Idol fans everywhere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched the show American Idol and i love it! The songs, and the show were outstanding. I love all the songs but my 3 favorites are Before your love, A moment like this, and Respect( all sung by Kelly Clarkson). If you are a fan of the singers and of the show. This is a cd that you don't want to miss. You won't be disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have not checked out the new American Idol Greatest Moments CD then you are definitely missing out! This CD shows the American Idol Top 10 finalists at their absolute best, being it a slow love ballad to an upbeat dance tune. Anybody who was an American Idol fan will love hearing Kelly Clarkson belt out her version of "Respect," and Nikki McKibben let everyone know what it is like to have a "Piece of my Heart." If you haven't heard it already, be sure to go out an get your copy today. You won't be sorry!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've watched American Idol from the begining and love it. The top ten are wonderful and this cd captures the best of them all. If you're an AI fan buy this cd....if not still buy this cd...its great!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a an awesome cd! I love being able to hear the best performances all over again because AMERICAN IDOL rocks and so does Kelly Clarkson! She's the greatest!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can I say that could do this CD justice?? well These up ans coming artists steal the show with this awesome cd that i believe is a MUST HAVE for EVERYONES collection. The songs are wonderful and Kelly Clarkson, she is just....WOW!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this cd to be a great mix of the American Idol season. It is nice to hear from others and not just Kelly Clarkson, the winner. I give this 5 stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
*American Idol: Greatest Moments is definately a good title for the CD because it is definately a great variety of the best moments on the show. With a remix of songs like Respect, Piece of my heart, A House is Not a Home, and many more, this CD is great for all ages and all people. If you like rock music, you've got Nikki. If you like slow love ballads, you've got Tamyra. If you like songs by Aretha Franklin, you've got a double dose from Kelly. I love this CD so much, I'm sure you will too! So get your copy now!*
Guest More than 1 year ago
this CD is great! I loved American Idol and listen to this CD all of the time. It has a nice mix of songs. Great for parties and dancing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My girls and I love this Cd. It is great for all ages. It is put together very well. The song selections are great. I would recommend this cd for all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is ok.American Idol is totally fake! I mean think about it,this CD released on October 1 and the idol wasn't chosen until the end of september. How could they record 4 songs by the winner in just a couple of days unless the winner was chosen ahead of time? The songs on the CD are alright though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok I got the cd right when it came out (that week) and i was blown away by some of the artists on here. kelly clarkson of course shined. tamyra gray is going to for sure be the next whitney houstan by performing a house is not a home, which on AI broght the crowd to its feet. justin also had his big voice on there too. kelly has 4 songs on there counting the bounus tracks and all are superb i really cant pic a favorite out of hers GO GET IT if you havent already sure it costs some money but its worth it i promise!!:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you loved American Idol the show you will love this CD. It showcases talent from the top 10 contestants. My favorites are Get Here by Justin. And Kelly's Natural Woman. What a voice!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you were one of the millions that watched "American Idol" from the beginning or just from a spot in the middle. You knew that it was a close shot. This CD AI: Greatest Moments has the top ten finalists at their best performing the better of the songs that they performed on the hit show. It kind of shorted my expectations because I thought that it would have a live vibe to it. But otherwise, I love the album and listen to it whenever I get a chance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just bought this CD and I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised! Originally I wanted this CD for Tamyra Grays version of "A House is Not A Home", but I got soooo much more out of it. If you enjoyed watching American Idol on t.v., this CD is a must have. It's the performers at their very best. A few surprising stand out songs are the ones by Ejay Day, Christina Christian, and R.J. If you buy this CD, you will not be disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was extremely impressed by all ten performers on this amazing cd!!! Kelly and Justin stood out above the rest though with their fabulous renditions of Respect, Natural Woman, For Once in My life, and Get Here respectively. When I bought this CD I wasnt expecting much, maybe just some live performances edited to make them sound good but I was wrong. These tracks were all studio recorded and make you realize just why you loved American Idol in the first place. What a great cd for any fan of the show!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
To all of those who followed the American Idols (or wished you would have), This is a most get cd, This cd captures the best of these young but talented stars. Plus bonus tracks of Kelly CLarkson's two hit singles! A MUST CD FOR YOUR COLLECTION