American Idol is an American talent reality television series that first aired in 2002. During the series finale on April 7, 2016, there have been seventeen seasons, so there are seventeen winners. Here is a list of all the American Idol winners.
Kelly Clarkson (2002) Edit
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She was originally marketed as a pop musician with her debut album Thankful (2003). With the release of her multi-platinum second album, Breakaway (2004), Clarkson moved to a more pop rock-oriented style of music. Clarkson's third album, entitled My December, was released on June 26, 2007. According to Sony Music, Clarkson has sold over 56 million albums worldwide. Clarkson has had nine of her singles become Top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Her first three albums have sold over 9.5 million copies in the United States. In 2008, she joined VH1's list of 10 sexiest women of the new millennium at #8. She also hit #28 on Vh1's Top 30 Hottest Rock Front Women. As of 2008 she is one of the 10 most played artists on adult contemporary radio. Clarkson's fourth album titled All I Ever Wanted is due out on March 10, 2009. On January 28, 2009, it was announced that her latest single, "My Life Would Suck Without You", had advanced from No. 97 to No. 1 on the Hot 100 in its first week of release, breaking the record for the largest leap to the position in chart history. She is currently the only American Idol contestant to have reached number one in the UK. She claimed number one on March 1st 2009 when "My Life Would Suck Without You" debuted number one on downloads alone. Clarkson's fifth album, Stronger, is scheduled to be released on October 25, 2011.
Ruben Studdard (2003) Edit
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In the years following Idol, Studdard has released four studio albums. His fourth album, Love Is, was released on May 19, 2009. Studdard's fifth album, Letters From Birmingham, is due to be released in March 2012.
In addition to appearing on various television shows he has toured with Robin Givens in the comedy-drama Heaven I Need a Hug and in 2008 accepted the role of Fats Waller in a national tour of Ain't Misbehavin'.
Fantasia Barrino (2004) Edit
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Carrie Underwood (2005) Edit
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Taylor Hicks (2006) Edit
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Jordin Sparks (2007) Edit
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David Cook (2008) Edit
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Kris Allen (2009) Edit
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Lee DeWyze (2010) Edit
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Scotty McCreery (2011) Edit
The winner of the tenth season of American Idol was announced on May 25, 2011. Scotty McCreery won the season over Lauren Alaina and released his first single, I Love You This Big, which debuted at number 32 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart & at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song has since gone gold, having sold 503,000 copies as of August 17, 2011. His 5-song EP, sold exclusively at Wal Mart & online, debuted at number 10 on the BIllboard 200, selling 40,000 copies in its first week. His full-length debut album, Clear as Day, was released on October 4, 2011 & made history by becoming the first debut album released by an Idol winner since 2003 to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 with almost 198,000 copies sold in its first week. The album also debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart
Phillip Phillips (2012) EditPhillip Phillips, a 21-year-old pawn store employee from Leesburg, Georgia, won season 11 on May 23, 2012, defeating 16-year-old powerhouse vocalist Jessica Sanchez. His first single is called "Home", which was written by Andrew Pearson, who also produced the song, and Greg Holden. His debut album, The World from The Side of The Moon, was released in November 2012 and has gone platinum.
Candice Glover (2013) EditCandice Glover, a 23-year-old R&B singer from Beaufort, South Carolina, won season 12 on May 16, 2013, defeating 22-year-old Texas country singer Kree Harrison. Her first single is called I Am Beautiful. Her debut album, Music Speaks, was released on February 18, 2014. The album has received positive reviews.
Caleb Johnson (2014) EditCaleb Johnson, a 23-year-old rock singer from Asheville, North Carolina, won season 13 on May 21, 2014, defeating 17-year-old pop-rock singer Jena Irene. His first single is called As Long As You Love Me. His debut album, Testify, was released on August 12, 2014.
Nick Fradiani (2015) EditNick Fradiani, a 29-year-old singer-songwriter from Guilford, Connecticut, won season 14 on May 13, 2015, beating out pop-soul singer Clark Beckham, who had been the frontrunner for the majority of the season. Nick's first single is called "Beautiful Life", which is also the anthem for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Trent Harmon (2016) EditTrent Harmon, a 25-year-old singer from Amory, Mississippi won season 15 on April 7, 2016, defeating 22-year-old La'Porsha Renae. His first single is "Falling", which was released on April 6, 2016.
Maddie Poppe (2018) Edit
Maddie Poppe, a 20-year-old singer from Clarksville, Iowa won season 16 on May 21, 2018, defeating 19-year-old Caleb Lee Hutchinson. His first single is "Going Going Gone", which was released on May 21, 2018.