Dalton Ross
April 10, 2011 AT 12:00 PM EDT


The contestants of American Idol still seemed to be in a state of disbelief when they showed up for our big Entertainment Weekly photo shoot (on stands now!). They couldn’t believe that the show they used to watch on TV in their living room was now starring… them! So we asked each of the Top 9 (including Pia before she was ousted) to name their favorite American Idol contestant of all-time, and the answers ranged from somewhat predictable (Scotty’s) to downright surprising (Casey’s and Stefano’s). Check out the video player after the jump to see all of their picks and then let us know: Who is your choice for the best American Idol contestant ever? Share your pick on the message board below. And for more reality TV news and views, follow me on Twitter @EWDaltonRoss.

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