American Idol is a popular singing competition. It's produced some of today's biggest singers. Let's examine these participants' backgrounds and success.
First American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson. Her debut single "A Moment Like This" topped the Billboard Hot 100. She has sold 25 million albums and won three Grammys.
Carrie Underwood won American Idol 4. She sold over 70 million records and won seven Grammys. She is one of the most successful country singers and has received many songwriting awards.
Jennifer Hudson placed sixth in American Idol 3. She won an Oscar for "Dreamgirls" and became a popular actress and singer.
Adam Lambert was American Idol's eighth-season runner-up. Four studio albums and international tours are his. He's appeared on Broadway and TV.
Chris Daughtry placed fourth in American Idol 5. Daughtry has sold over 8 million albums globally. The band has four Grammy nominations.
Fantasia Barrino won American Idol 3. She has six studio albums and a Grammy. She's a successful actress and author.
Jordin Sparks won American Idol 6. She has three studio albums and a BET and AMA. She's also acted.
Phillip Phillips won American Idol 11. He has three studio albums and two Billboard Music Awards. He toured with John Mayer and the Goo Goo Dolls.
Many American Idol finalists have gone on to become famous vocalists. Their music and performances inspire and entertain.