Though American Idol has given us some of the biggest stars in country music, from Carrie Underwood to Scotty McCreery to Kellie Pickler, not all of their country singing peers had quite so much success on the show.
Take a look at six country singers we think should’ve stuck around a little longer on American Idol.
Hailing from rural Tenn., Vanessa Wolfe made it to Hollywood during season 11 of American Idol. However, after initially impressing the judges with a cover of “Wagon Wheel”, the country hopeful failed to impress in California and was sent home prior to the live shows.
When he auditioned for American Idol in 2015, Garrett Miles didn’t let the fact that he was completely blind hold him back. Miles captured the judges and America’s hearts with his “Proud Mary” cover, which sent him through to the next round, but he was cut from the competition during the group rounds.
Skylar Laine made it to the top five on season eleven of American Idol, where she wowed America with her Miranda Lambert-esque country sass. Though the Mississippi singer signed with 19 management to record a debut album, she split with the label after two years and to released her first album Dirt Covered Lace independently last year.
Haley Vaughn covered Carrie Underwood’s “Last Name” for her American Idol audition in 2010, where Simon Cowell described her as being a “cute little thing.” She progressed through to the next round, but was cut during the Top 20.
During his stint on season 13 of American Idol, Dexter Roberts sailed all the way through to the top seven thanks to covers of country hits like “Drive”, “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Boondocks”. Though he was sent home just two weeks shy of the top five, he released his debut single “Dream About Me” last year.
Baylie Brown first auditioned for American Idol in 2007 with a cover of Faith Hill’s “Stronger”. After failing to make it to the top 24, the Texas native auditioned again in 2012, but was sent home again after becoming one of the last 12 remaining girls.