Worst: Chris Daughtry's Shocking Elimination, Season 5
In 2006, few would have bet money on goofy, gray-haired "Soul Patrol" singer Taylor Hicks beating out confidently cool rocker Chris Daughtry in the quest for the season 5 American Idol crown. But that's exactly what happened. Daughtry's shocking fourth-place elimination left viewers crying foul, and even the singer himself was stunned by the news. Turns out, it was the best thing that ever happened to him, as he became one of the most successful Idol contestants ever while fronting namesake band Daughtry. Hicks, on the other hand, almost immediately slipped into "Memba Him?" territory.