The 10 Most Successful American Idol Winners

Carrie Underwood earned the title of “American Idol” during season four of the show

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

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

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

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

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

Kellie Pickler placed fifth on season five of “American Idol,” but despite not making it to the finals after making it into the “American Idol

Elliott Yamin finished season five of “American Idol” in third place, and the show catapulted him from pharmacy-counter clerk to famous singer.

Singer-songwriter David Cook auditioned for “American Idol” on a whim and ended up winning season seven