With the debuts of their Walmart exclusive EPs on the Billboard charts this week, Season 10 contestants James Durbin and Haley Reinhart become the 55th and 56th "American Idol" finalists to see their names appear on charts published by Billboard.
"American Idol Season 10 Highlights: James Durbin" enters The Billboard 200 at No. 31, while "American Idol Season 10 Highlights: Haley Reinhart" is a new entry at No. 37. Durbin's EP also debuts on the Top Rock Albums chart, at No. 7.
Durbin and Reinhart join three other Season 10 top 10 finalists who have previously charted: winner Scotty McCreery, runner-up Lauren Alaina and eighth-place Paul McDonald, whose earlier work with the Grand Magnolias debuted on the Heatseekers chart after McDonald became popular on "Idol."
While Season 10 is still a recent memory, it has already bested Season 9 as far as the number of finalists who have charted in Billboard. Only the top two competitors, Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox, have represented their year on the charts.
The season with the most finalists who have made it onto the Billboard charts is season five, with the entire top nine achieving this level of success. That list includes Taylor Hicks, Katharine McPhee, Elliott Yamin, Chris Daughtry (as part of Daughtry), Paris Bennett, Kellie Pickler, Ace Young, Bucky Covington and Mandisa.
Seasons three and seven are the next most successful, each with seven charted finalists.
The run of 56 charted Idols began the week of Sept. 21, 2002, when Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100. Two weeks later, the song was No. 1, the series' first chart-topper. Now, almost nine yeas later, "Idol" earns its 302nd No. 1 on a Billboard chart as David Cook's "This Loud Morning" enters the Top Internet Albums chart in first place.
Four non-finalists have charted as well: William Hung, Josiah Leming, Frenchie Davis and Chris Medina.
Here is a season-by-season rundown of which Idols have graduated from the TV series to the Billboard charts:
'American Idol' Vets on Billboard's charts:
Season one: (five)
Season two: (five)
Season three: (seven)
La Toya London
Season four: (four)
Season five: (nine)
Season six: (six)
Season seven: (seven)
Carly Smithson (We Are The Fallen)
Kristy Lee Cook
Season eight (six)
Season nine (two)
Season 10 (five)
Paul McDonald (The Grand Magnolias)