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American Idol Winners

Welcome to the world’s most comprehensive American Idol Winners List. We take a detailed look back at all eleven of the previous winners of American Idol, as well as who their finals competition was and how the voting ended up, video highlights of each winner’s audition and finals performances, information on each winner both before and after American Idol, facts about previous and upcoming seasons, and more.

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Below you will find the complete American Idol winners list for the first 11 seasons of the hit Fox show. You can access more detailed information on each of the previous winners including video highlights from the show, career accomplishments and albums they have released by clicking on their individual photos. In addition to the American Idol winners list we also have a list of each season’s American Idol finalists and information about the show in general.


So without further adieu, here are your previous winners of American Idol…

American Idol Winners List

American Idol Season 1 (2002) Winner: Kelly Clarkson

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Born: April 24, 1982. From Burleson, Texas

Competing Finalist: Justin Guarini

Voting Results: 58% of 15.5 million votes.

Finals Songs:

A Moment Like This / Kelly Clarkson

Respect / Otis Redding

Before Your Love / Kelly Clarkson


American Idol Season 2 (2003) Winner: Ruben Studdard

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Born: September 12, 1978. From Birmingham, Alabama.

Competing Finalist: Clay Aiken

Voting Results: 50.6% of 24 million votes.

Final Songs:

A House Is Not A Home / Dionne Warwick

Imagine / John Lennon

Flying Without Wings /Westlife


American Idol Season 3 (2004) Winner: Fantasia Barrino

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Born: June 30, 1984. From High Point, North Carolina.

Competing Finalist: Diana DeGarmo

Voting Results: 51.2%  of 65 million votes.

Final Songs:

All My Life / K-Ci & Jo-Jo

Summertime / George Gershwin

I Believe / Tamyra Gray


American Idol Season 4 (2005) Winner: Carrie Underwood

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Born: March 10, 1983. From Checotah, Oklahoma.

Competing Finalist: Bo Bice

Voting Results: 53.4% of 63 million votes.

Finals Songs:

Inside Your Heaven / Desmond Child

Independence Day / Martina McBride

Angels Brought Me Here / Guy Sebastian


American Idol Season 5 (2006) Winner: Taylor Hicks

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Born: October 7, 1976. From Birmingham, AL

Competing Finalist: Katharine McPhee

Voting Results: 56% of 63.4 million votes.

Finals Songs:

Living For The City / Stevie Wonder

Levon / Elton John

Do I Make You Proud / Taylor Hicks

American Idol Season 6 (2007) Winner: Jordin Sparks


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Born: December 22, 1989. From Glendale, Arizona.

Competing Finalist: Blake Lewis

Voting Results: 56.4% of 74 million votes.

Finals Songs:

Fighter / Christina Aguilera

A Broken Wing / Martina McBride

This Is My Now / Jordin Sparks


American Idol Season 7 (2008) Winner: David Cook

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Born: December 20, 1982. From Blue Springs, Missouri.

Competing Finalist: David Archuleta

Voting Results: 56% of 97 million votes.

Finals Songs:

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / U2

Dream Big / David Cook

The World I Know / Collective Soul


American Idol Season 8 (2009) Winner: Kris Allen

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Born: June 21, 1985. From Conway, Arkansas.

Competing Finalist: Adam Lambert

Voting Results: 51.7% of 100 million votes.

Finals Songs:

Ain’t No Sunshine / Bill Withers

What’s Going On / Marvin Gaye

No Boundaries


American Idol Season 9 (2010) Winner: Lee DeWyze

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Born: April 2, 1986. From Mount Prospect, Illinois.

Competing Finalist: Crystal Bowersox

Voting Results: 53.7% of 95.7 million votes.

Finals Songs:

The Boxer / Simon & Garfunkle

Everybody Hurts / R.E.M.

Beautiful Day / U2


American Idol Season 10 (2011) Winner: Scotty McCreery

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Born: October 9, 1993. From Garner, North Carolina.

Competing Finalist: Lauren Alaina

Voting Results: 54% of 122.4 million votes.

Finals Songs:

Gone / Montgomery Gentry

Check Yes Or No / George Strait

I Love You This Big / Scotty McCreery


American Idol Season 11 (2012) Winner: Phillip Phillips

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Born: September 20, 1990. From Leesburg, Georgia.

Competing Finalist: Jessica Sanchez

Voting Results: 55.2% of 132 million votes.

Finals Songs: 

Stand By Me / Ben E. King

Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song) / Billy Joel

Home / Phillip Phillips


American Idol Winners List: Who’s Next?

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The search for the next  American Idol Winner begins on Wednesday, January 16 at 8 PM eastern/7 central on FOX with a 2 hour season premiere highlighting auditions from New York/New Jersey. Part 2 of the American Idol season premiere will follow the next night at the same time and will feature highlights from the Chicago auditions.


Auditions for the 2013 season of American Idol took place throughout the summer in Los Angeles, San Antonio, Charlotte, Newark, Chicago, New Orleans, and Oklahoma City.  To expand on the audition locations, the American Idol Small Town Audition Bus Tour was  introduced to allow contestants to audition who couldn’t make it to the major locations. The cities included in this tour were Idaho Falls, Idaho; Billings, Montana; Casper, Wyoming; Rock Rapids, Iowa; Iowa City, Iowa; Bowling Green, Kentucky; Clarksdale, Mississippi; Joplin, Missouri; Dodge City, Kansas and Grand Junction, Colorado.

American Idol 2013 Judges

This season’s American Idol will  feature some new members on the Judge’s Panel. Randy Jackson will continue, and will joined on the panel by Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Ryan Seacrest will once again be the host.