As we gear up for the premiere of the 17th season of ‘American Idol,’ we’re looking back at the past 16 winners and what they’re up to now. Catch up here!
American Idol returns for a 17th season on March 3, which means that, in just a few months, a new winner will be named. That person will join just 16 other people who are lucky enough to hold that elite title, and in honor of premiere day, we’re giving you an update on what the previous champions are up to now. American Idol became an immediate sensation when it first debuted in 2002, and Kelly Clarkson quickly became a superstar after winning the inaugural season. She has since become an international sensation, and has released EIGHT albums that’ve all fallen in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd spots on the Billboard charts. Kelly has been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards and won three.
If you don’t think of Kelly when you think of American Idol winners, chances are, you probably think of Carrie Underwood. Carrie has become one of the most well-known singers in country music since she won the show’s fourth season in 2005, and she has released six albums in the year since her victory. Throughout her career so far, Carrie has taken home seven Grammy Awards, nine CMA Awards and 14 ACM Awards. She was inducted into the historic Grand Ole Opry in 2008, as well.
Of course, some other winners of the show aren’t as well-known as these two legendary ladies, but you might be surprised to learn what some of them have been up to in the years since they were crowned champions! Click through the gallery above to see what all the American Idol winners are up to now!
Season 17 of American Idol premieres on ABC at 8:00 p.m. on March 3. Ryan Seacrest will return as host, with Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan serving as judges.