LOS ANGELES – American idol paved the way for people to realize their dreams of becoming music stars over the last 20 years.

Some Idol winners became superstars, and some who lost the Idol prize still found fame.

Below is a list of the previous 19 winners and more on what they achieved after becoming American idol.

Tune in Premiere of the American Idol season start Sunday, February 27 at 8pm ET / PT | 19:00 CT at your local ABC station and the next day at Hulu.

1. Kelly Clarkson
The first singer to win home the American Idol title, received multi-platinum status on 3 records, won several Grammy Awards and Billboard Music Awards, and hosted a daytime talk show. Clarkson, who was 20 at the time of the victory in September 2002, also broke the Beatles’ record for decades with her coronation song “A Moment Like This”, which quickly reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

2. Ruben Stadard
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, won the grand prize in 2003, ahead of Clay Aiken, who is now running for Congress in North Carolina. Studdard has released several albums, received a Grammy nomination and debuted on Broadway in 2018.

3. Barino’s fantasy
Barin’s fantasy won over people like Jennifer Hudson for the coveted title in 2004. She received several Grammy nominations and received her first Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 2011. Fantasia also appeared on Broadway, including a starring role in Purple in 2013.

4. Carrie Underwood
Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood has sold more than 70 million records worldwide and won several Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards and American Music Awards. She is also a 3-time ACM and CMA winner. In 2008, Underwood was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. She also wrote a fitness book and launched her own fitness fashion line.

5. Taylor Hicks
The fifth season featured incredible talent, including Catherine McPhee, Chris Dotry and Kelly Pickler. Everything went well. This year’s Idol champion was Taylor Hicks, who at 29 became the oldest Idol winner. Hicks released 3 studio albums, performed on Broadway and became the first Idol winner to receive a long-term residence in Las Vegas.

6. Jordin Sparks
A year after crowning the senior winner, Jordin Sparks became the youngest winner at 17, the Arizona-born debut album went platinum. Sparks also performed on Broadway and debuted on the big screen in Sparkle with Whitney Houston.

7. David Cook
Missouri native David Cook won the Idol title in 2008. He released several albums and starred on Broadway in Kinky Boots.

8. Chris Allen
In 2009, Chris Allen defeated Adam Lambert for the 2009 Idol crown. Allen released several albums after the win.

9. Lee Davis
Even before coming on stage Idol Lee DeWyze made a solo career and a band that released two albums. Since winning the title in 2010, DeWyze has released 7 more albums.

10. Scott McCree
Season 10 featured close competition between Scott McCree and Lauren Helen. The prize went to 17-year-old McCreery. The North Carolina-born debut album went platinum. He has since released several albums, become the No. 1 country hit with “Five More Minutes” and has performed with Brad Paisley and The Band Perry.

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11. Philip Phillips
Georgia native Philip Phillips succeeded after defeating Idol with his megahit “Home”. He also toured with John Mayer, released a couple more albums and played the diamond smuggler in the Hawaii Five-O episode.

He also held a memorable audition for “Idol” with a performance of “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder and “Thriller” by Michael Jackson.

12. Candice Glover
She auditioned for Idol three times before finally winning the crowd in 2013. Candice Glover released her debut album after her victory, but the South Carolina native has not recorded any since.

13. Caleb Johnson
The 2014 American Idol winner was a true rocker. Caleb Johnson even performed with KISS during the show. After winning, he released a solo album, but then formed a new band called Caleb Johnson and the Ramblin ‘Saints.

14. Nick Fradiani

Connecticut-born Nick Fradiani has released an album called Hurricane after winning season 14. He also toured with rock band The Alternate Routes and performed with the national tour A Bronx Tale.

15. Trent Harman
Season 15 winner Trent Harman defeated La’Porsha Renae for the crown. The Mississippi native followed the victory, releasing an EP in 2016 and a studio album 2 years later called “You Got ‘Em All”.

16. Maddie Popp
In the two-hour finale of Season 16, winner Maddie Pop sang “Rainbow Connection” with Kermit the Frog. In the final, Maddie and Caleb Lee Hutchinson, who finished second, announced that they had started dating. After the announcement, they performed the potpourri “Somewhere Over The Rainbow / What a Wonderful World”.

17. Lane Hardy
20-year-old Lane Hardy appeared in the 16th season and is back to win everything in 2018. Last year he released his first album. “Here’s to Anyone” includes 11 songs, including 2 written by the Idol winner.

18. Just Sam
5 contestants took part in the first distance final in the history due to the pandemic. The crown was won by New York’s Just Sam, once a subway singer. She signed a contract with Hollywood Records, but broke up without releasing an album.

19. Chase Beckham
The season 19 finale saw fierce competition between Chase Beckham, Grace Kinstler and Willie Spence. Beckham of Apple Valley, California, won the title. He is now touring and has released a duet with Lindae Bell called “Can’t Do Without Me”.

Tune in for the American Idol season premiere, which begins Sunday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. on ET / PT | 19:00 on CT at your local ABC station and the next day at Hulu.

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