Dubbed as “The most impactful show in the history of television” and its first season airing in 2002, American Idol has indeed changed the entertainment landscape. From the trio of Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Paula Abdul as the original judges, the three singing superstars behind the reality-singing competition are now Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban. Perhaps the only constant presence in the show is host Ryan Seacrest, and with 14 seasons already behind it, American Idol is now on its fifteenth and final season.
The show has had its shares of ups and downs; controversies; change of judges; and thousands of aspiring singers who auditioned in the past. Yet another impact that the show has made in the entertainment scene is the career built by the past American Idol winners – although some have become more successful than the others. Here, we will take a look at the past American Idol winners, and learn what they’ve been doing with their careers since they won the iconic show which is bidding its farewell season this 2016.
American Idol success has become almost synonymous with the name Kelly Clarkson. The Season 1 American Idol winner debuted her single “A Moment Like This”, which became the bestselling single for that year. Her career has never waned since she won the reality singing show and she’s sold more than 25 million albums and has had 98 number one hits on the Billboard charts. Now a multiple Grammy Award winner, Clarkson is married and has a daughter named River.