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Most Popular Reality TV Performances of 2011

Here’s a list of the most popular Reality TV performances on

The Reality TV results show live updates are among the most popular posts on the blog. But pop culture topics are now the most popular individual items.

American Idol is no longer the dominant Reality TV topic over here. It now shares the limelight with The X Factor, The Voice and Dancing with the Stars. So You Think You Can Dance dipped (I’m so disappointed!) and America’s Got Talent gained in popularity this year. The Sing-Off unfortunately slipped from the radar.

Top 20 breakdown: 10 from American Idol, 8 from The X Factor, 1 from So You Think You Can Dance and 1 from The Voice

The most popular performance post from America’s Got Talent which did not make the list (but still in the Top 25) was: Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. – My Way – America’s Got Talent Finale

The most popular performance posts from Dancing with the Stars are: Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough — Viennese Waltz (from Season 6!), Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Rumba and Derek Hough and Allison Holker – Argentine Tango Flamenco

The Top 20:

20. Melanie Amaro – Desperado – The X Factor

The night Simon Cowell declared that she could win from The X Factor Top 12 show.

19. Casey Abrams – I Put A Spell On You – American Idol Top 24

The American Idol Top 24 show was one of the most popular shows of the year with multiple performances making it on the list.

18. Drew Ryniewicz – What A Feeling – The X Factor

One of three Drew performances on the list!

17. Stacy Francis – Purple Rain – The X Factor Judges Homes

She peaked early, then self-destructed.

16. Scotty McCreery – Letters From Home – American Idol Top 24

Scotty won American Idol, but he did not have breakout performances with readers. This performance isn’t even the most popular on the Top 24 show.

15. Dia Frampton – Heartless – The Voice

Should Dia have won The Voice? Her performances were consistently the most popular for the season.

14. Melanie Moore – Audition – So You Think You Can Dance

Melanie Moore won So You Think You Can Dance and readers knew it from the very beginning.

13. Thia Megia – Out Here On My Own – American Idol Top 24

Another Top 24 performance, this time powered by the blog’s sizeable following from the Philippines.

12. Melanie Amaro – Listen – The X Factor Audition

The X Factor winner’s second performance on the list and her most memorable.

11. Drew Ryniewicz – It Must Have Been Love – The X Factor Judges Homes

Another performance from The X Factor Top 12 show.

10. Haley Reinhart – Bennie and the Jets – American Idol Top 11

One of three performances on the list. readers love Haley.

9. Rachel Crow – If I Were A Boy – The X Factor Boot Camp

Rachel Crow gave us the Reality TV moment of the year during the The X Factor Final 5 results show. But Boot Camp was her most popular performance.

8. Paul McDonald – Maggie Mae – American Idol 10 Audition

American Idol didn’t feature Paul that much during the auditions and his fans were desperate to get any information. This post was powered by Google searches for Paul early in the season.

7. Paul McDonald – Maggie Mae – American Idol Top 24

Paul’s Maggie Mae was his signature song during the season.

6. Drew Ryniewicz – Just A Dream – The X Factor

Rose petals! readers love Drew.

5. Haley Reinhart – I Who Have Nothing – American Idol Top 4

Haley’s performance mentored by Lady Gaga.

4. Pia Toscano – I’ll Stand By You – American Idol Top 24

The performance that earned Pia front-runner status… leading to one of the biggest shockers in American Idol history.

3. Stefano Langone – I Need You Now – American Idol Wild Card

Stefano schools us on how to sing a save me song. The save me song that actually got someone saved. Another amazing moment from American Idol.

2. Haley Reinhart – House of the Rising Sun – American Idol Top 5

Haley was very popular online but just couldn’t get the vote to win the show. This was her peak.

1. Chris Rene – Young Homie – The X Factor Audition

This post more than doubled the pageviews of #2 on the list. It stands as one of the greatest Reality TV show auditions, if not the greatest, of all time.

Chris Rene busted for cocaine and meth in 2002 and 2007

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