Full results for past seasons of "American Idol" are available on entertainment sites such as etonline.com and wetpaint.com. Information is available on the winners of the show, as well as the progress of their careers after finding success on the show.
Based on "Pop Idol," a British show with the same premise, "American Idol" premiered in 2002. The show was a breakout success, and the winner of the first season, Kelly Clarkson, became one of the most popular singers in the United States. Clarkson's well-known singles include "Since U Been Gone" and "Stronger." Other winners of "American Idol" include Carrie Underwood, Clay Aiken, Fantasia Barrino and Taylor Hicks. Some, such as Underwood and Hicks, have remained popular, whereas others have virtually disappeared from the public eye.
Information is also available regarding contestants who did not win "American Idol," but still went on to achieve success. Some examples include Chris Daughtry and Justin Guarini. Daughtry finished in fourth place during the fifth season of the show, but went on to form his own band, Daughtry. Guarini finished second to Kelly Clarkson in the first season, but went on to star alongside her in the film "From Justin to Kelly." William Hung, an early contestant on "American Idol," achieved fame for an extremely bad performance, prompting some sites to cover him as well.