Carrie Underwood won season four of ‘American Idol,’ and has gone on to become one of the most powerful women in country music. She’s won eight Grammys, 12 ACM Awards, and eight CMA Awards.
After winning the first season of ‘American Idol,’ Kelly Clarkson has gone onto become an international pop superstar. She’s won three Grammys, and is now lending her expertise to another reality singing competition, ‘The Voice’!
Fantasia Barrino won the third season of ‘American Idol.’ Although she doesn’t have as much mainstream success as Carrie and Kelly, she’s released six albums and has a solid fanbase.
Season 2 winner, Ruben Studdard, was a bit of a controversial choice, but the powerful vocalist has released six albums since his debut on ‘Idol.’ He also appeared on ‘The Biggest Loser’ and has made appearances on TV shows like ‘8 Simple Rules’ an ‘All Of Us.’
Candice Glover won ‘American Idol’s 12th season in 2013 after auditioning for the THIRD time. She released her debut album in 2014, but has had trouble getting her career off the ground.
Another controversial winner, rock singer, David Cook, had some mainstream success after his season seven victory. So far, he’s released four albums, with a fifth expected in 2018.
Jordin Sparks has had several radio hits since she won season six of ‘Idol,’ and has even been nominated for a Grammy. In addition to her music success, Jordin is also big on philanthropy, and has backed a number of non-profit causes.
Kris Allen won season eight of ‘American Idol.’ He’s released four studio albums and a Christmas album since his victory on the show. He’s also a member of a band called The Dames
Nick Fradiani didn’t get to the finals when his band competed on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ but he won season 14 of ‘Idol’! In 2016, he released his debut album, followed by an EP in 2017.
Phillip Phillips, who won season 11, had incredible success with his first post-‘Idol’ single, ‘Home,’ in 2012. He’s released three albums in the last six years, with his most recent debuting in Jan. 2018.
Scotty McCreery found success in country music after he was named season 10 winner of ‘Idol.’ Several of his singles have done well on the charts, and his three albums have reached No. 1, 2 and 1, respectively. His fourth album comes out in March 2018.
Many viewers did not agree with Taylor Hicks beating Katharine McPhee on season 5 of ‘American Idol.’ However, he has maintained a niche fanbase in the years since his win, although he hasn’t released an album since 2009.
Lee DeWyze won the ninth season of ‘American Idol.’ He hasn’t had any mainstream success, but he’s continued to release music in the years since.
Caleb Johnson is the season 13 winner of ‘Idol,’ but unfortunately has only released one studio album since the win.
Trent Harmon is the most recent ‘American Idol’ winner, as he was name the victor of season 15. He released his debut album in 2016, and has a tight fanbase in country music. His two singles have also seen some radio success.