'American Idol': 16 of the Best Losers Ranked

Over 15 seasons, many of show's might-have-beens went on to even more successful solo careers than the winners

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8. Tori Kelly, Season 9

How Far Did She Go: Cut in the Hollywood rounds

Most Memorable Performance: "Gravity" by John Mayer

Biggest Hit: "Should've Been Us" off Unbreakable Smile

Career: Kelly is one of Idol’s biggest modern misses. She auditioned for the show but was cut before Top 24. Kelly turned to self-producing, releasing an EP in 2012 out of her bedroom. She caught the attention of Scooter Braun, who manages her, and signed with Capitol Records. After another EP, her first full length, Unbreakable Smile, hit in 2015, with a Number Two debut on the Billboard Hot 200 and a nomination for the Best New Artist Grammy. Simon Cowell, who found her voice "annoying," is probably kicking himself.

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