Top 10 ‘American Idol’ former winners and contestants

January 11 19:58 2014

With American Idol set to return in just a few days, fans are taking a moment to look back at former winners and see how far members of the singing reality show have some.

Idol was one of the first singing competitions to take over television. Fans voted by the millions to help name the first American Idol, Kelly Clarkson. As the show continued on, fans realized that the goal was not to win the competition; it was just to crack the top ten. Artists like Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson and Katharine McPhee all fell short of the top spot on Idol but are huge musical superstars and even an Oscar winner. is counting down the top ten former Idol winners and contestants who did not win the Idol crown. From David Archuelta to Carrie Underwood, Idol has created some top charting artists and musical superstars. Did your favorite Idol winner or contestant not make the list? Comment below.

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10. David Archuleta

David Archuleta won over the hearts of many young teenage fans and had a few hit singles following his time on Idol with songs like “Crush” and “A Little Too Not Over You.”

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9. Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee caught the attention of many fans with her amazing rendition of “Over The Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz but McPhee did not win, she lost to Taylor Hicks, back in season five of Idol. McPhee went on to star in NBC’s Smash and has had a great musical career so far.

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8. Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken was another runner up for Idol, Aiken lost to Ruben Studdard in season two but Aiken was the winner in the long run. Aiken has had many successful albums and is currently thinking about running for political office.

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7. Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreery was another country artist that came out of Idol. McCreery is growing up in the country music industry and has found many fans with his smooth and twangy musical sound.

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6. Phillips, Phillips

Phillips, Phillips won the eleventh season of American Idol and instantly topped the charts with his single, “Gone, Gone, Gone.”

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5. Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert did not win season eight of Idol but he is one of the most successful artists to date from the Idol alumni base. Lambert has had chart topping albums, sold out tours and is currently enjoying a guest starring role on Glee. Lambert and is eyeliner are well known items in the music industry.

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4. Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar and did not win American Idol, that is all that needs to be said.

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3. Daughtry

Chris Daughtry did not win his season of Idol but has become a major name in the rock music industry since he performed his rock/soul music on the talent competition. Daughtry has had hit after hit, with songs like “September” and the most recent, “Waiting for Superman.”

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2. Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood is country music royalty and started out on Idol. Underwood won her season of Idol, which makes sense because she is one of the best selling artists to come out of Idol. Her recent album Blown Away has been nominated for many music awards and spurred on a sold out tour from coast to coast.

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1. Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson, the woman who started it all. Clarkson won the first season of Idol and set the bar for all alumni to follow. Clarkson has had chart topping albums and hit singles. She is America’s sweetheart and is soon to be a proud mother.

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