Top 10 Most Successful American Idol Contestants

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood earned the title of “American Idol” during season four of the show. The win launched her country-pop career.

Kelly Clarkson

In 2002, Kelly Clarkson won the first season of “American Idol,” and her star has continued to rise since.

Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert’s glam-rock style made him stand out on season eight of “American Idol,” despite his runner-up finish.

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson’s “American Idol” run ended arguably prematurely — she finished in seventh place in season three.

Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks was only 17 when she won season six of “American Idol,” making her the youngest winner in the show’s history.

Chris Daughtry

Chris Daughtry ended in fourth place on “American Idol” during season five and went on to become a successful rock musician.

Katharine McPhee

Since finishing in second place in season five of “American Idol,” Katharine McPhee has gained success in singing and acting.

Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken was the runner-up on season two of the show. Aiken also has worked as a host for Bold TV.

Elliott Yamin

Elliott Yamin finished season five of “American Idol” in third place. He has released seven albums.

Kellie Pickler

She is placed fifth on season five of “American Idol." She currently co-hosts the daytime talk show “Pickler & Ben” on CMT.

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