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Top 25 Reality TV Performances of 2012

These are the most popular performance posts for 2012 on based on pageviews. I am very happy that almost every show we cover is represented. Unfortunately, unlike last year when Chris Rene topped everything, The X Factor does not make the list — and I already expanded it to the Top 25. The most popular X Factor performance was Beatrice Miller “Titanium” at #27.

These performances may not necessarily be “the best” but they certainly caught your attention this year. So here they are: The Top 25 Reality TV Performances of 2012 on

  1. Hampton Williams – Exorcist Audition – So You Think You Can Dance
  2. A very emotional and simply fantastic audition. Glad SYTYCD could still produce performances like this after 9 seasons.

  3. Lulu – Fat Pole Dancer – America’s Got Talent – Video
  4. I love Lulu! Almost 4 million views now on my YouTube.

  5. Jennifer Holliday and Jessica Sanchez – And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going – American Idol Video
  6. Jennifer Holliday and her signature song. Still belting after all these years from the Tony winner.

  7. Tony Lucca – Trouble – The Voice Audition
  8. Tony was a controversial contestant on Season 2 of The Voice but one of the most popular. Tony and Adam vs. Christina Aguilera, fight!

  9. Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd – Bollywood – Dancing with the Stars
  10. Gilles and Peta’s breakout performance of the All-Star season. Shake those hips Gilles! And Peta is so hot!

  11. Amanda Brown – Dream On – The Voice
  12. One of the highlights, if not THE highlight, of The Voice Season 3. One of the best performances on any reality TV show ever.

  13. Jessica Sanchez – The Prayer – American Idol
  14. The performance that put Jessica on the map on American Idol (from the Top 42).

  15. Jessica Sanchez – I Will Always Love You – American Idol Top 13
  16. This performance made Randy Jackson declare that “Jessica is the one to beat” which is code for “you’ve peaked too early and you are not going to win.”

  17. Phillip Phillips – Home – American Idol 11 Top 2 – Video MP3
  18. The premiere performance of one of the most successful American Idol winner singles of all time.

  19. Phillip Phillips – In The Air Tonight – American Idol 11 Top 13 Boys
  20. One of Phillip’s best during the season.

  21. Andrew De Leon – Goth Opera – America’s Got Talent – Video
  22. One of the most memorable performances of the reality TV talent season. I liked Andrew!

  23. Dez Duron – Sara Smile – The Voice
  24. Dez Duron’s triumphant return to The Voice in Season 3 after getting rejected in Season 2.

  25. MacKenzie Bourg – Call Me Maybe – The Voice
  26. MacKenzie rode on the popularity of “Call Me Maybe” in The Voice Season 3, giving it his own spin.

  27. Jamar Rogers – Seven Nation Army – The Voice Audition
  28. Former American Idol contestant and Danny Gokey bestie Jamar Rogers made his emotional return to reality TV on The Voice Season 2.

  29. Jesse Campbell vs. Anthony Evans – If I Ain’t Got You – The Voice Battle Round
  30. One of the best battles The Voice has ever seen — this Season 2 battle was so controversial, the show decided to add the “Steal” rule for Season 3 a few months later. B-b-b-b-baby! Yes.

  31. Dez Duron – I Want It That Way – The Voice Audition
  32. The performance that made me the #1 fan of Dez Duron on the Internet. We were rooting for him for almost the entire year! 🙂

  33. Erin Martin – Hey There Delilah – The Voice Blind Audition
  34. Quirky Egyptian Warrior Princess Erin Martin makes her mark on The Voice Season 2.

  35. Fantasia Barrino and Joshua Ledet – American Idol 11 Finale – Video
  36. FANTASIA!!! MANTASIA!!! Of course you loved this. Bodysuit for the win!!!

    Top 25 Reality TV Performances of 2012

  37. Joshua Ledet – To Love Somebody – American Idol 11 Top 5 Video MP3
  38. BDND took over American Idol again this season. I am so happy you guys supported me on this. Go Josh!

  39. Asher Walker – Audition – So You Think You Can Dance – Video
  40. If Nigel Lythgoe only knew how popular Asher was, he wouldn’t have cut him during Las Vegas week. Asher could have been this year’s Kent Boyd.

  41. Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy – Contemporary – Dancing with the Stars
  42. The highlight of this hot partnership on DWTS All-Stars. Go Val!

  43. Cassadee Pope – Over You – The Voice
  44. Cassadee Pope’s break out performance which landed her at #1 on iTunes and eventually the win.

  45. Phillip Phillips – Nice and Slow – American Idol
  46. This Top 42 performance put Phillip on the map on American Idol. He was the embodiment of all the past Idol winners in last 6 years. And yes, he won. Go Phillip!

  47. Bryan Keith – It Will Rain – The Voice
  48. Bryan Keith had the distinction of having the only blind audition featured in the promos for The Voice Season 3. This audition was great but unfortunately, he did not have another breakout performance after.

  49. Team Gangnam Style – Dancing with the Stars All-Stars
  50. How fitting that the most popular song this year is also the most popular performance this year. Team Gangnam Style from DWTS All-Stars is this year’s #1.

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