Here is the Melodious American Idol Winner List and Where are They Now!

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Ever wondered which Billboard stars are a product of the American Idol winner list? If you did, then this is just the right place for you. American Idol, one of the finest shows of its time has maintained its legacy and audience for about 18 years now.

With every contestant entering comes the hope of a new rising star in the industry. Long since you caught up on the show? we got your back! Below is everything you need to know about every American Idol winner and what are they doing with their lives now!

Season 1

Judges: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson

Winner: Kelly Clarkson

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Season one of this amazing show aired on June 11, 2002, and we all saw a young and nervous a 20-year-old Kelly Clarkson singing the famous Madonna’s “Express Yourself.” Who would have thought this beauty would turn out to be a three-time Grammy winner with a total of eight studio albums in her bag. In conclusion, this American Idol winner released her solo Broken & Beautiful and serving as a coach on “The Voice”.

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Season 2

Judges: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson

Winner: Ruben Studdard

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If you have watched this season, we bet you remember the iconic performance of Ruben in the finale singing “Flying Without Wings”. Being one of the toughest competitors on the American Idol winner list, Studdard fought it off with Clay Aiken to be on the top. Moreover, this big guy is running his own show called “One on One- Ruben Studdard”

Season 3

Judges: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson

Winner: Fantasia Barrino

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The third season was won by Fantasia Barrino, who is now a Grammy winner with the Definition Of… in 2016 and Christmas After Midnight in 2017. Fantasia is fantastic in her own ways and she proved it all by appearing on Broadway and starring a movie about herself. In the same way, this beautiful young lady always knew how to win it all and made some good fame on the American Idol winner list.

Season 4

Judges: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson

Winner: Carrie Underwood

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From a then-21-year-old songstress, Carrie straight up went on to become a seven-time Grammy-winning country superstar. This beauty has also won ACM Award for about 14 times making her one of the most famous singers on the American Idol winner list.

Season 5

Judges: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson

Winner: Taylor Hicks

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Taylor hicks won big time for the fifth season of American Idol. Soon after winning the big show, Hicks released two independent albums and performed through the Southeastern United States for more than a decade. He is best known for his work with Vocals, ‎guitar‎ and, ‎harmonica.

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Season 6

Judges: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson

Winner: Jordin Sparks

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Jordin Sparks turned out to be the youngest winner of the show when she was just 17. This was one of the best seasons of the American Idol show. Afterward, this famous American singer-songwriter became famous for her famous tracks including Battlefield, Don’t Let It Go To Your Head, Emergency (911), Faith and, Freeze

Season 7

Judges: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson

Winner: David Cook

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Season 7 was known for its David vs. David finale. David Cook, one of the American Idol winner released an independent album entitled Analog Heart. Soon after winning it all, he released some of his famous albums including David Cook (2008), This Loud Morning (2011) and, Digital Vein (2015).

Season 8

Judges: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi

Winner: Kris Allen

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After winning the show, he released two albums and also nominated for the Teen’s Choice award and People’s choice award. But soon after his career took a flight, he suffered a potentially career-ending injury. He discussed his injury ahead saying “I remember the first time I looked at my wrist, I said, ‘I’ll probably never be able to play again,'” Allen told the outlet. “But after three surgeries and playing with a cast on, over and over again, I figured it out,” he said, adding “I’m glad that I’m still able to do that and write songs.”

Season 9

Judges: Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi

Winner: Lee DeWyze

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This American singer-songwriter from Illinois won it big making the season 9 winner of American Idol. But, prior to the show, Lee was a part of a band he himself formed called the Lee DeWyze Band. He quit the band to pursue his solo career. It was a big decision for him but he eventually took him which brought him immense success and 9 albums in hand.

Season 10

Judges: Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler

Winner: Scotty McCreery

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McCreery was the youngest male champion in the American Idol winner list, at 17. Nevertheless, talking about his success after winning the trophy, he even returned to the show as a mentor. His latest release was a blast known as “Five More Minutes”.

Season 11

Judges: Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler

Winner: Phillip Phillips

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Phillip Phillips, one of the most famous in the list of American Idol winner and considered to be a gem found out of the box. This American singer-songwriter made it big with his latest release “Gone, Gone, Gone” and won a million hearts. One of his famous albums is “The World from the Side of the Moon”.

Season 12

Judges: Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban

Winner: Candice Glover

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Candice Glover is a famous American R&B singer and brought back home huge prizes. She turned out to be a part of list of American Idol winner. She have auditioned three times before being cast for one of the live shows.

Season 13

Judges: Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez

Winner: Caleb Johnson

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Johnson was one of the most renowned Indian Idol winners. Caleb Johnson was announced the winner of this season with Jena Irene as runner-up. The year turned out to be really great for Caleb and recently released his new single “Good Times” in 2020. This 29-year-old is now making music and performing all over the world.

Season 14

Judges: Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez

Winner: Nick Fradiani

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Nick Fradiani, a very gorgeous man in the American Idol winners list, was once a front-man in the band called Beach Avenue. Before arriving to the Idol show, Nick showed up to America’s Got Talent with Beach Avenue. Nick proudly says that, “The tough part about the show that I have learned is slow it down and enjoy it because it is such a special thing that’s happening in our lives,”.

Season 15

Judges: Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez

Winner: Trent Harmon

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The winner of the show, Trent made it big by performing “Drink You Away”. Being one of the famous bees in the house, he was different from others. He had requested his family not be at any of his performances in the show. The reason behind the same was that he was very superstitious, which is why he hadn’t wanted them there.

Season 16

Judges: Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan

Winner: Maddie Poppe

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Maddie Poppe, one of the most vocal beauty on the American Idol winner list also auditioned for American Idol once before. She can play literally any instrument. Before auditioning, she also released her song over social media.

Season 17

Judges: Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan

Winner: Laine Hardy

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Laine Hardy won the season with Alejandro Aranda as the runner-up. The 18-year-old did not audition but accompanied a friend on the show. Soon she was insisted to audition for herself by the judges. This beauty started playing guitar at just 6 years old. Talented? too much!

Season 18

Judges: Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan

Winner: Just Sam

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This Season aired from February 16, 2020 to May 17, 2020 and Just Sam crowned as winner of American Idol with Arthur Gunn finished as runner up. She became fourth African-American female to win the show after Fantasia, Jordin sparks and Candice Glover.

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