kris allen casey james kellie pickler 'American Idol' Top 9 rewind: Kris Allen, Casey James, Kellie Pickler and moreAs “American Idol” Season 10 reaches each stage of the finals, Zap2it is looking back at that stage in the past years. So far, our readers have voted Carrie Underwood‘s “Alone” as the best Top 11 performance and David Cook‘s “Billie Jean” as the best Top 10 performance.

The Idols are prepping for Top 9 this week (Lennon/McCartney songbook), so here is a look back at the best Top 9 performances in “Idol” history. Which one gets your vote? (And don’t worry, we aren’t leaving out Season 1 – it didn’t have a Top 9, it went from Top 10 to Top 8 because two people went home the first week).

Clay’s “Everlasting Love,” Kimberley’s “It’s Raining Men,” J-Hud’s “Circle of Life,” Vonzell’s “People,” Nadia’s “As Long as He Needs Me,” Kellie’s “Fancy,” Melinda’s “I Got Rhythm,” Jordin’s “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” Archie’s “Smoky Mountain Memories,” Cook’s “Little Sparrow,” Kris’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” Glambert’s “Play That Funky Music,” Casey’s “Jealous Guy,” Crystal’s “Come Together” or Lee’s “Hey Jude”? Vote below!  

Clay Aiken, Disco, “Everlasting Love,” Season 2

Kimberley Locke, Disco, “It’s Raining Men,” Season 2

Jennifer Hudson, Elton John, “Circle of Life,” Season 3

Vonzell Solomon, Broadway, “People,” Season 4

Nadia Turner, Broadway, “As Long as He Needs Me,” Season 4

Kellie Pickler, Country, “Fancy,” Season 5

Melinda Doolittle, Classics, “I Got Rhythm,” Season 6

Jordin Sparks, Classics, “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” Season 6

David Archuleta, Dolly Parton, “Smoky Mountain Memories,” Season 7

David Cook, Dolly Parton, “Little Sparrow,” Season 7

Kris Allen, iTunes downloads, “Ain’t No Sunshine,” Season 8

Adam Lambert, iTunes downloads, “Play that Funky Music,” Season 8

Casey James, Lennon/McCartney, “Jealous Guy,” Season 9

Crystal Bowersox, Lennon/McCartney, “Come Together,” Season 9

Lee DeWyze, Lennon/McCartney, “Hey Jude,” Season 9

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