'American Idol' and Billboard: James Durbin, Haley Reinhart Become 55th and 56th Finalists on Charts
'American Idol' and Billboard: James Durbin, Haley Reinhart Become 55th and 56th Finalists on Charts

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)
Kelly Clarkson
Justin Guarini
Tamyra Gray
RJ Helton
Jim Verraros

Season two: (five)
Ruben Studdard
Clay Aiken
Kimberley Locke
Josh Gracin
Kimberly Caldwell

Season three: (seven)
Fantasia
Diana DeGarmo
Jasmine Trias
La Toya London
George Huff
John Stevens
Jennifer Hudson

Season four: (four)
Carrie Underwood
Bo Bice
Constantine Maroulis
Mario Vazquez

Season five: (nine)
Taylor Hicks
Katharine McPhee
Elliott Yamin
Chris Daughtry
Paris Bennett
Kellie Pickler
Ace Young
Bucky Covington
Mandisa

Season six: (six)
Jordin Sparks
Blake Lewis
Melinda Doolittle
LaKisha Jones
Phil Stacey
Chris Sligh

Season seven: (seven)
David Cook
David Archuleta
Jason Castro
Brooke White
Carly Smithson (We Are The Fallen)
Michael Johns
Kristy Lee Cook

Season eight (six)
Kris Allen
Adam Lambert
Danny Gokey
Allison Iraheta
Matt Giraud
Michael Sarver

Season nine (two)
Lee DeWyze
Crystal Bowersox

Season 10 (five)
Scotty McCreery
Lauren Alaina
Haley Reinhart
James Durbin
Paul McDonald (The Grand Magnolias)

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