'American Idol': 20 Best, Worst and WTF Moments

From Adam Lambert being robbed to William Hung doing his thing, it's been a wild ride for the past 15 seasons

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Best: Adam Lambert's "Mad World," Season 8

Often considered the gold standard when it comes to American Idol performances (and perhaps even the pinnacle of the entire series), Adam Lambert's rendition of Tears for Fears' "Mad World" was so good that he was widely considered the presumptive winner for the next six weeks — until, of course, the slow-but-steady hand of Kris Allen (along with some help of controversial "power texts") yanked the Season 8 crown off his head at the last minute. Fun fact: Lambert's version of "Mad World" was actually a cover of a cover by a singer/songwriter named Gary Jules that was featured in the 2001 cult film, Donnie Darko.

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