“American Idol” winners from the first 10 seasons include Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks and Scott McCreery. “American Idol” is a reality show competition for singers that debuted in 2002 with the subtitle “The Search for a Superstar.” The show was cancelled after 15 seasons.
Country singer Kelly Clarkson, who won the first season of “American Idol,” became an international superstar. As of 2015, Clarkson holds the record for most album sales around the world, with more than 25 million sold. Carrie Underwood, who won season four, has sold more records in the United States than any other “American Idol” winner. Underwood has also won seven Grammy Awards.
R&B and gospel singer Ruben Studdard auditioned for “American Idol” on a whim and went on to win the second season in 2003. He released his debut album “Soulful” the same year, and it was nominated for a Grammy Award. Studdard has released several other records since.
R&B singer Jordin Sparks auditioned for “American Idol” three times before winning season six in 2007. Her debut album, "Jordin Sparks," went platinum after selling more than two million copies worldwide. Country singer Scotty McCreery, who won season 10, saw his debut album, “Clear as Day,” certified platinum in 2011. His second album, “Christmas with Scotty McCreery,” was certified gold.