Who Are Some of the Past Winners of American Idol?


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Some past winners of “American Idol” include Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks. All three singers went on to significant musical careers after winning the show.

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Kelly Clarkson was the winner of the first season of “American Idol” and the first performer to parlay her television fame into major chart success. Clarkson’s singles, including “A Moment Like This” and “Since U Been Gone,” raced up the pop charts in the 2000s, and the singer also experienced some success in the world of country music. Clarkson also tried acting with the “American Idol” spinoff film “From Justin to Kelly” and TV roles on “American Dreams” and “Reba.”

Carrie Underwood is easily one of the most successful “American Idol” winners, as evidenced by her debut album “Some Hearts,” which gained the record for the fastest-selling country album of all time. Underwood’s other achievements include seven Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards and a staggering 16 Billboard Music Awards. With a net worth of more than $50 million and a mention on Time's most influential people list, Underwood’s fame has soundly transcended her reality show roots.

Teenage Jordin Sparks was the youngest contestant ever to win “American Idol,” taking home top honors in the sixth season. Since her win, Sparks has released the hit singles “Tattoo” and “Battlefield,” and she has performed on Broadway. She also starred alongside Whitney Houston in the 2012 film “Sparkle.”

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