Carrie Underwood was the Season 4 winner of American Idol back in 2005. Shortly after her major career kick starter, she moved up through the music ranks with two major singles, "Jesus Take The Wheel" and "Before He Cheats" both released on her Debut Album "Some Hearts" (2005). Eventually she won three Grammys for that exact album. Since then she has been constantly releasing new music and is now considered one of the most successful country singers of this century. She is now currently married to professional NHL Hockey player Mike Fisher with whom she has 2 sons.
Adam Lambert was the Season 8 winner of American Idol. He was definitely able to top his success on the show selling over 3 million albums and 5 million singles worldwide! One of his most famous singles was "Whataya Want From Me" for which he also received a Grammy nomination for "Best Male Pop Vocal Performance". His third album "The Original High" debuted at number 3 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 and produced his second smash hit "Ghost Town". Lambert was eventually able to collaborate with the rock band Queen and even went on a successful world tour with the group from 2014 until 2018.
Kelly Clarkson has had a wildly successful music career since her win in the first season of American Idol. Her debut single "A Moment Like This" topped the Billboard Top 100 and was the best selling country single of 2002. Shortly, she decided to change styles moving into a more pop rock genre. She has since then one smash hit after another including songs like "Since U Been Gone" and "Because Of You", which have earned her 2 Grammy awards over the years. Clarkson is now currently married to the talent manager Brandon Blackstock and have three kids. The couple currently reside in Tennessee.
Jordin Sparks rose to fame after winning season 6 of American Idol at the tender age of 17, making her the youngest contestant to ever win. Her self-titled debut album featured smash hits like "Tattoo" and "No Air", a collaboration with R&B sensation Chris Brown, won her a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. She topped off her debut success with her second studio album "Battlefield" in 2009. Over the course of her career she has accumulated dozens of awards including an American Music Award, a Teen´s Choice Award, a People Choice Award, a BET Award and many many more! Jordin has been married to Dana Isaiah Thomas since 2017 with whom she currently has a son.
Jennifer Hudson was one of the finalist of the third season of American Idol, ultimately placing 7th on the show. She used her fame that she gained to start her film career with her debut in Dream Girls (2006). She also appeared in Sex in the City (2008), The Secret Life of Bees (2008) and Black Nativity (2013). She also released her debut studio album in 2008 which received a Grammy for Best R&B album. Hudson also released later two more studio albums that both went gold.
William Hung became famous for his cover of "She Bangs" from Ricky Martin during the auditions for American Idol. He was studying civil engineering at UC Berkeley, but was convinced to pursue music even though he lacked the talent. He decided to officially end his career in 2011 to take a job as a technical crime analyst for the Los Angeles County Sheriff´s Department.
Taylor Hicks was the winner of American Idol in season 5. Throughout the course of his career he has released 2 independent albums, one of them is a self-titled album produced by 19 Entertainment. Not too much has been heard from the former American Idol winner since...
Ace Young is an American singer and songwriter who gained national recognition during his performance on the fifth season of American Idol. Post-Idol he wrote and starred in Broadway´s Hair and has even written songs for the likes of former AI stars like Chris Daughtry. He is currently married to season three winner Diana DeGarmo.
Justin Guarini was American Idol´s first ever runner-up on the show. The icing on the cake was him and Kelly Clarkson starring in the infamously bad movie From Justin to Kelly. He made his Broadway debut in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (2010). Shortly, he starred in other productions including American Idiot, Wicked and Romeo and Juliet. Justin Guarini is currently married to his childhood sweetheart Reina Capodici.
Scotty McCreery went home a champion during the 2011 season of American Idol when he was 17 years old. Since then, he has been widely successful with his debut album "Clear As Day" going platinum shortly after it´s release. After that McCreery released three more albums all receiving mild success here and there. Even though he does his American Idol title justice, he is still working on making a name for himself in the music industry.
Even though he was eliminated during the final four of the 2006 season of American Idol, Chris Daughtry has proven to have had a rather successful career starting his own band shortly after being disqualified from the show. Song like "September", "Life After You", "Home" and "Over You" were all once a Billboard Top 100 at some point in his career. Daughtry is currently married to Deanna Daughtry since 2000 and have 4 children together.
Sadly, Clay Aiken lost to Ruben Studdard during the second season of American Idol. Despite that he released his first studio album which became number 1 on the Billboard Top 200. Since then, Aiken has released a grand total of 6 albums. He decided to return to television to star in Celebrity Apprentice back in 2012, which he also ended up winning second place. Over the years, Clay has also starred in productions such as Phineas & Ferb, The Office and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Phillip Phillips was the winner of American Idol in its 11th season. His song "Home" was one of the best selling corination songs of the show! He did run into some trouble back in 2015 with 19 Entertainment, the American Idol Music Agency, and decided to sue due to feeling oppressed by the company for making him take jobs he wasn´t interested in. His third album, "Collateral" was released January 19, 2018.
Sanjaya Malakar was one of the finalists of the sixth season of American Idol. He was known as being one of the most influential stars on the show at the time, mostly due to his shy nature and somewhat astounding hair. Throughout the years he has appeared in the reality TV show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! He still continues to make music, lending his voice to the album "Good Merlin" by The Chaz Lipp Groove Tripp.
David Archuleta was only 16 years old when he first auditioned for a spot on American Idol. In the end, he came in second next to David Cook. This didn´t stop him from releasing his album "Postcards In The Sky". Alongside his music career, Archuleta has also starred in several TV shows including ICarly and Hannah Montana. Back in 2012, he decided to take a break from the spotlight to become a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile.
Ruben Studdard beat out former contestant Clay Aiken in the second season of American Idol. Studdard received a Grammy nomination for his song "Superstar" and has since then released a grand total of 6 albums. On a side note, Studdard was also featured in The Biggest Loser were he lost over 119 pounds.
Lauren Alaina was one of the finalists during the season 10 finale of American Idol. Since then she has had a rather successful country music career with two different studio albums under her belt. A few years later, Lauren had a second breakthrough with her video "Road Less Traveled" at the CMT Music Awards.
Kellie Pickler came in sixth place during season 5 of American Idol. Even though she didn´t win, she has been able to engrave her name into the Country Music Hall of Fame with songs like “Best Days of Your Life.” She eventually went back to reality TV where she won season 16 of Dancing With The Stars alongside her partner Derek Hough. Nowadays, she hosts her own talk show alongside Ben Aaron called Pickler & Ben.
Katharine McPhee began switching back and forth between singing and acting after Taylor Hicks took the American Idol crown during season 5. Since then, she has released 5 studio albums and has starred in productions like the TV series Smash as well as feature films like The House Bunny.