Scotty McCreery (season 10)
Before Scotty McCreery went on to win American Idol, he struggled in Hollywood, botching lyrics (hilariously singing ''nuts of wonder'' during ''I Hope You Dance'') and winding up smack dab in the middle of Hollywood group drama. When Scotty and his deep country twang finally found a home with Clint Jun Gamboa's group, the young country singer would later regret standing by as 15-year-old Jaycee Badeaux was coldly booted out of the group in the middle of the night. A remorseful Scotty apologized to Jaycee from the stage, and cried after his group advanced to the next round. It seemed that Scotty was crumbling under the pressure, but instead, he got his act together so thoroughly that he won that season's crown. Who would've thunk it?