#9. Chris Daughtry, “The Letter”
Arguably opening up the rocker realm on Idol, Daughtry did Cochran proud. Singing with passion, we know nearly everyone jumped on the rock wagon after hearing this audition. To everyone’s surprise, Daughtry was kicked out of the competition all too early in one of Idol’s biggest voting controversies. But, he’s the one laughing now. And Simon? I’m sure he regrets that statement, eh?