American Idol started in 2002 and aired on Fox for 15 seasons, while we have yet to see the show’s debut on ABC in 2018. The singing competition television series was created by Simon Fuller, and started off based on the British series Pop Idol. It quickly became one of the most successful shows in the history of American television. From their first audition to those final gripping moments of announcing the winner, we got to fall in love with all the talented singers on the show. Here is what some of the winners are doing nowadays.
1. Kelly Clarkson
The original and arguably one of the most famous American Idol winners is, of course, Kelly! The star is still singing, with her latest album being released on October 27. The now mom-of-two has released eight albums total! Impressive!
2. Ruben Studdard
Although you can barely see him in public, Mr. Studdard is definitely still singing! He’s released an album of cover songs, among many others. Also, he had an appearance on a season of NBC’s The Biggest Loser, where he lost 119 pounds.
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She is now a published author, Broadway star, decorated actress, and artist to many albums. So, quite a busy period for her since she won Season 3 of American Idol. She got married in 2015 and has two kids now.
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4. Carrie Underwood
You can barely remember that she started on this show. The singer is now the highest paid star from the show, and arguably the most successful. Miss Underwood has also become a mother and wife in her years after the show.
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5. Taylor Hicks
He continued to appear in the music scene, performing with other singers, as well as singing and playing his harmonica. He also toured in a national show of Grease.
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6. Jordin Sparks
Sparks was the youngest winner in the show’s history with only 17. Today, she’s acting in TV, films, and on Broadway, as well as singing live performances, and releasing studio albums. Moreover, she even nabbed a spot as a judge for Miss America 2018!
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7. David Cook
David Cook was the rocker who won Season 7. Cook has been singing ever since. He got married in 2015, and continues to donate toward cancer research in honor of his late brother.
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8. Kris Allen
Since 2009, artist Kris Allen has released five studio albums. At the time of his tenure, he was the first married contestant to win this show. Still married!
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9. Lee DeWyze
DeWyze has released six albums and he’s also had cool accomplishments. He had his song, Blackbird, used in AMC’s The Walking Dead. Also, he is married to actress Jonna Walsh.
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10. Scotty McCreery
Country star Scotty McCreery has sold more than 2 million copies of his albums. Interestingly, he is now in college, attending North Carolina State University for his bachelor’s degree.
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11. Phillip Phillips
After he won, Phillips went on to record music. His song Home was selected to play as the theme for NBC’s Olympic coverage. Cool!
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He didn’t really stop there, though. Another one of his songs was played in a later season for American Idol. In 2017, he toured with the Goo Goo Dolls.
12. Candice Glover
Glover released a studio album after she won in 2013, and her second album is coming out now.
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13. Caleb Johnson
The Season 13 winner released two albums, one solo record and one with his former band.
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14. Nick Fradiani
He released an album in 2016, and his much anticipated new EP is on the way.
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15. Trent Harmon
Harmon’s EP came out in late 2016 following his Idol win. We can only wait for the full-length album to be released.
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