American Idol is hyped as a showcase for great vocalists who could be hitmakers. That’s dishonest. American Idol, most of the time, is a showcase for hot people who want your attention. And I confess: Some of them deserve it! Today I’m counting down the ten hottest dudes ever to take the Idol stage, and I’m offering pictorial proof too! Warm up your vocal cords and prepare to sing out in ecstasy, y’all.
10. Mario Vasquez
OK, let’s make a pact: If we forget the unnerving, deeply troubling scandal that erupted around season four Top 24 competitor Mario Vazquez (which forced him to drop out of the competition), we can simply admire his boyish, sweet looks like a nicely blended oil painting. His cover of “I Love Music” is deeply underrated, by the way. Listen to that. Not the creepy other stuff.
9. Adam Lambert
I find American Idol‘s most famously gay hollerer’s getup cool and fun, but truth be told, I don’t think it’s very… alluring? For all of his glitter and tight-panted strutting, Lambert always feels less like a lascivious loverman to me and more like, say, a standard Glee character. Or a character in general. Or an anime drawing in a high school freshman’s Art I notebook. Or the lovechild of Butch Patrick and Jo Anne Worley! Still, he democratized “glam” in 2008, and for that he warrants hotness points. Oh, and those gay makeout pics are pretty hot.
8. Casey James
I could’ve killed myself when Kara DioGuardi made Casey James take off his shirt during the season nine auditions, but her instincts are pretty comprehensible: The third-place troubadour’s gentle rasp and wheaten tresses are damn hot. Anyone who can countrify John Lennon‘s “Jealous Guy” without sounding contrived might be awesome for real.
7. Stefano Langone
I got serious bad boy vibes from season 10 showman Stefano Langone, particularly when he confessed that he had a fiery “love/hate” relationship with fellow contestant Haley Reinhart. That’s a serious flirter. A dangerous flirter. I’m scared. And yet, the hotness speaks for itself: At an Idol concert last year, Langone ripped off his shirt like a cocky prom king who idolizes Usher. Ugh. I accept this.