Fans can find a list of "American Idol" winners on the show's website at AmericanIdol.com. The website also has information on auditions, video clips and pictures from previous seasons.
The first season of "American Idol" premiered on FOX on June 11, 2002. The show is based on the British singing competition, Pop Idol. American viewers vote on their favorite contestant by telephone, text message and the Internet. Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman co-hosted the first season, while Paula Abdul, Simon Cowel and Randy Jackson were the judges. Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini were the finalists, and Kelly ultimately won the competition on September 4, 2002.
Carrie Underwood won Season 4 of "American Idol," beating rocker Bo Bice. She is the most successful winner of the competition, with over 65 million records sold as of September 2015. She has also won seven Grammy awards.
Several contestants from Season 5 had successful music careers, including Chris Daughtry, Katharine McPhee, Bucky Covington, Kellie Pickler and Elliott Yamin. Daughtry's performance of "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" by Fuel impressed the band so much that they offered him the lead singer position, which he ultimately declined.
The fourteenth season of "American Idol" premiered on January 7, 2015, and was judged by Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban. Coca-Cola pulled their sponsorship of the show this season, and Ford Motor Company reduced their contribution.