Underrated ”American Idol” contestants: Lisa Leuschner
FINISHING POSITION Semifinalist (season 3)
GREATEST HIT A smoky, understated reading of Rufus and Chaka Khan’s ”Sweet Thing” that was all too short but totally sweet
WHY WE’RE BITTER Even though Leuschner failed to get enough votes to make the finals with her first semifinal performance, fans cheered her return during Idol’s wild-card round — that is, until the curvy redhead was inexplicably booted (along with a handful of other wannabes) before getting to sing a single note. Despite her blink-and-you-missed-it Idol run, however, EW.com readers have been using our message boards to this day to work through their anger over Leuschner’s unceremonious dismissal. How’s that for making an impression?