American have been creating stars since its debut. And I dont just mean winners in the show, but just also finalist constestants in the show who went on to do big things despite not winning the first place.
From chart-topping sensations like Adam Lambert (who came in second place) to award-winning multi talented icons like Jennifer Hudson(who came in seventh place), quite a few finalists have taken the music industry by storm.
We have carefully compliled a list of five of the most successful American idol contestants. So if you're here to discover a list of contestants making waves in the real world and what they're up to now, you're in the right place. Just buckle up and keep reading!
With a net worth of over $100 million, Carrie Underwood is currently the most successful American idol contestant. Carrie Underwood featured in season four of the of "American Idol" which she won. The win launched her country-pop career and has made her one of the richest country music stars.
Since Underwood's victory on Idol, she has won eight Grammy wins, sold millions of records worldwide, and has had 14 No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. She also has launched her own line of activewear, Calia by Carrie Underwood. Currently Carrie is continuing her Las Vegas residency called "Carrie Underwood: Reflection.
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Jennifer Hudson was on American Idol way back in season 3 and she totally slayed it despite being eliminated pretty early on. Like, can you believe it? I mean, many fans thought was freakin' amazing so her elimination came as a big shock. But she didn't let that hold her back one bit. She went on to become one of the most successful contestants from the show, and I'm not just talking about her music career. She's also killed it in acting, winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2007 for her role in Dreamgirls. And three of her albums have even hit the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart. Currently Jennifer Hudson is making waves with her own talk show called The Jennifer Hudson Show, she launched it in 2022 and it's been doing so well.
Popularly known as the big girl with a even bigger voice, Kelly Clarkson has gone on to set her mark in the music industry after contesting in 2002. Her current net worth is over $40 million. Kelly Clarkson was the first winner of the American Idol, show and her star has continued to rise since.
Even though she got her first breakthrough in music because of her win on the show, Kelly has gone on to do bigger things including hosting her own talk shows, speaking about body positivity, and generally being a role model to many young women out there struggling with their weight.
Adam Lambert's glam-rock style made him stand out on season eight of "American Idol," despite finishing as a runner-up. After the show, Lambert released his first album, "For Your Entertainment," which was certified gold and featured the single "Whataya Want From Me," which earned him a Grammy nomination. Adam Lambert has been on an incredible journey since his breakout performance on American Idol. According to inside sources, he's kept busy by engaging in a variety of exciting projects.
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Bo Bice lost was in the the same season as Carrie. And although he was no match to Carrie Underwood's singing power during season four of American Idol, his music career continued after the show ended. Bice released four albums and was the lead singer for Blood Sweat & Tears band for over five years. Since then he has appeared in various commercials and done some on the spot performances for his fans all over the world.
These contestants on the list are just five out of many. Stars like Jordan sparks also came out from American idol and have gone on to have a very successful career in music. So if you're thinking of going for the show, don't sleep on it, you can take that step today and become the next big thing tomorrow!