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Was Alan Ritchson on American Idol? What season did he appear in?

February 5, 2022

Alan Ritchson became one of the most talented young actors of his time with his roles in Smallville as Arthur Curry/Aquaman and Blue Mountain State as Kevin Devlin Thad Castle. The actor went on to star in blockbuster hits like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles before playing Jack Reacher in the Amazon Prime Video thriller series Reacher. Ritchson’s incredible performance on the series has piqued viewers’ curiosity about the actor’s participation in the legendary reality show American Idol. Did the actor really ever take part in the singing competition show? Let’s find out!

What season of American Idol did Alan Ritchson appear in?

Yes, Alan Ritchson was on ‘American Idol’. Ritchson appeared in Season 3 of the show, which aired in 2004. Ritchson reportedly auditioned for the show’s second season in Atlanta but didn’t advance to the next round after receiving nos from judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. In 2004, Ritchson auditioned in Atlanta and sang Stevie Wonder’s You Are the Sunshine of My Life exclusively for judge Paula Abdul. The actor’s audition gained notoriety for courting Paula, who called him gorgeous.

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Ritchson impressed the three judges and entered Hollywood’s first round as one of 117 candidates. Though the judges weren’t as impressed as the first time, he advanced to the next round after singing an original song. He sang Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up with Donnie Williams and Eric Yoder as one of the 87 contestants to appear in the second Hollywood round. Ritchson was eventually eliminated in the Hollywood round and did not make it to the semifinals of season three. Ritchson’s brief appearance on the show is best remembered for his encounter with Paula.

Ritchson’s participation in the reality show opened the doors to the world of acting for him. Music was my first love. Singing was something I felt decent about and it just made sense to pursue it. I had never thought about acting. American Idol first brought me to LA where I was introduced to acting. I asked someone if they could help me get an audition and they did and I started working, he told in January 2022 parade. Though music played a crucial role in the actor’s breakthrough, Ritchson then confined himself primarily to acting. I had to make a decision: do I want to continue with music or do what I do professionally now? So I put music behind me, he added.

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The popularity Ritchson gained through his appearance on American Idol led him to appear on the superhero series Smallville as Arthur Curry/Aquaman from 2005 to 2010. He then co-starred with Darin Brooks on Spike’s (now Paramount Network) sitcom Blue Mountain State. Ritchson got his big break in feature films with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Ritchson’s memorable appearance on ‘American Idols’ joins the ranks of numerous film and television stars to appear on the acclaimed show. From being 20-year-old courting Paula Abdul to playing the protagonist of Reacher, the film adaptation of a novel series that has sold a hundred million copies worldwide, Ritchson has definitely had an amazing journey to becoming the star he is today is.