The 10 most successful winners of American Idol

By Sandesh

Throughout season four of the programme, Carrie Underwood attained the title of "American Idol."

Carrie Underwood

#1

Kelly Clarkson won the first season of "American Idol" in 2002, and since then, her star has risen.

Kelly Clarkson

#2

Despite coming in second place, Adam Lambert's glam-rock aesthetic helped him stand out during the eighth season of "American Idol."

Adam Lambert

#3

Jennifer Hudson's time on "American Idol" may have ended too soon; she came in seventh place for the third season.

Jennifer Hudson

#4

Katharine McPhee has found success in the music and acting industries since placing second in season five of "American Idol."

Katharine McPhee

#5

Jordin Sparks was the youngest "American Idol" champion ever when she took home the title in season six at the age of just 17.

Jordin Sparks

#6

Chris Daughtry finished fourth in season five of "American Idol" and later found fame as a rock musician.

Chris Daughtry

#7

Despite not making it to the finals after entering the "American Idol" competition, Kellie Pickler finished fifth in season five.

Kellie Pickler

#8

Elliott Yamin came in third place at the end of season five of "American Idol," which helped him go from working as a pharmacy counter clerk to being a well-known singer.

Elliott Yamin

#9

David Cook, a singer-songwriter, entered "American Idol" on a whim and won the seventh season.

David Cook

#10

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