George Huff, American Idol
Credit: George Huff: Ray Mickshaw/Fox

Underrated ”American Idol” contestants: George Huff

SEASON Fifth place (season 3)

GREATEST HIT A rousing, bouncing rendition of Elton John’s ”Take Me to the Pilot” that bordered on a religious experience

WHY WE’RE BITTER Yes, we know our guy lost steam in his final few weeks on Idol, but let’s be honest: If it wasn’t going to be a Fantasia-LaToya showdown in the final two, George would have at least provided saltier opposition for ‘Tasia than cookie-cutter kewpie Diana DeGarmo.