Every year, tens of thousands of hopefuls from across the nation audition for American Idol and a shot at stardom. Hopeful singers from every genre pour their musical hearts out for the show’s judges – Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and recent addition Kara DioGuardi who winnow down the competitors to a select group of semifinalists. The final two performers compete for a major recording contract and the American Idol title.
American Idol has so far awarded seven performers with the coveted title. Each have become household names and have risen to the top of the recording industry.
Relive their moments of Idol fame in the featured videos. Then checkout the Video Wall and News tabs to find out what your favorite Idol has been up to since winning membership in this exclusive club.
- Season 1 ‐ Kelly Clarkson
- The winner of Fox TV’s first American Idol: The Search for a Superstar competition during the summer of 2002, Kelly Clarkson went from an anonymous talent to a nationally known singer, … more »
- Season 2 ‐ Ruben Studdard
- Partway through the second American Idol in early 2003, guest judge Gladys Knight christened corpulent crooner Ruben Studdard a “velvet teddy bear,” a nod to his smooth, Luther Vandross-styled voice and … more »
- Season 3 ‐ Fantasia Barrino
- She may have won with her version of American Idol’s 2004 single “I Believe,” but it was her passionate take on George Gershwin’s “Summertime” that had everyone talking weeks after she … more »
- Season 4 ‐ Carrie Underwood
- The first country American Idol, Carrie Underwood grew up in the small town of Checotah, OK, and began singing with her church at the tender age of three. Throughout her childhood, … more »
- Season 5 ‐ Taylor Hicks
- With his raspy, soulful voice and salt-and-pepper hair, Taylor Hicks was one of the unlikeliest contestants to make it to the final round of American Idol, but his quirky charm and … more »
- Season 6 ‐ Jordin Sparks
- Jordin Sparks may have been the youngest American Idol when she won the title on the reality show’s sixth season, but the Glendale, AZ, resident had already packed plenty of accomplishments … more »
- Season 7 ‐ David Cook
- David Roland Cook (born December 20, 1982) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Cook was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Blue Springs, Missouri. Cook’s interest in music began early … more »
- Season 8 ‐ ???
- Who will be the next American Idol…