Best Funkin' American Idol Reject (2008)

JUDD HARRIS

Though among the first to go from last season's final 24, JUDD HARRIS's high energy earned him a devoted following on Internet forums. Now back in New York, the New Orleans native fronts funk-rock band Visible From Space, performing original tunes as well as a killer cover of Tower of Power's "What Is Hip?" Who'd wanna see Carrie Underwood do that?