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American Idol's Former Winners - Where Are They Now?

American Idol's Former Winners - Where Are They Now?

The final winner on American Idol is set to be crowned TONIGHT (April 7), so let’s take a look back at the fourteen past winners and where they are now!

From season one’s Kelly Clarkson all the way to season fourteen’s Nick Fradiani, we’ve seen some of the most talented people in music hit the Idol stage.

While some of the winners like Kelly and Carrie Underwood have gone on to be massive stars in the music world, there have been some winners who have struggled following their wins. In addition to the winners, we can’t forget that there are contestants who have still “won” like Jennifer Hudson, who went on to win an Oscar, and Katharine McPhee, who is now a big television star.

Click through the slideshow below to see where American Idol winners are now…

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  • Esmeralda

    15 pages Jared? Really?

  • suenigma

    Great article. Quick clarification – Cook has sold over 1.5 million albums and 5 million singles. :)

  • Tonya

    Adam Lambert, runner-up, is more successful than some of these winners.

  • Divia

    Yeah, but where is he now? He doesn’t even have a record label.

  • suenigma

    Doing great. His latest album, digital vein sold about 4 or 5 times as many copies in its first week as Jordin Sparks did, and she is with a major label. He charted on the independent, pop and overall album charts. Pledgemusic said it was one of their most successful independent campaigns ever.

  • Divia

    So how many copies was that? And how are his singles selling? How big are the venues he tours in and is he on a world tour? I rarely see him on TV. Seems like one of those winners that just dropped out of sight. If you think he’s a big thing, then we should see him on the Forbes list next year, right? Jordin Sparks hasn’t been doing much in music for years.

  • clownfishtales

    Ruben Studdard was and is a loser.

  • clownfishtales

    Katharine McPhee should have won Season 5, instead of Taylor Hicks. She was so much better. He sucked and now we see how little he did.

  • clownfishtales

    Season 8. What a disaster! Kris Allen won over the amazing Adam Lambert who has more talent in his little pinkie than Kris ever did or will.

  • clownfishtales

    Wow. Are you having a bad day? Nasty, nasty, nasty!

  • sharon1981

    Aww, I still have the photos of these winners on a personalized poster which I got from fakenewspapers! Most of them are of course talented, but not really worthy to be the grand winner! Oh well, feeling nostalgic now…

  • Visitor

    No mention of Taylor Hicks??????

    Also, some of the runners-up are more successful: Chris Daughtry, Katherine McPhee, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, etc.

  • Gina

    Ahh, Taylor Hicks! Soul Patrol.