Celebrities Who Might Not Have Made it Without American Idol

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American Idol is getting ready to wrap up its final season. Over the years, many top stars have gotten their start as a result of appearing on American Idol. You might not know these artists if it wasn’t for Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and the other judges on the show.
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Jennifer Hudson

Hudson didn’t win the top prize, but she now has an Oscar, a Grammy, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a Super Bowl performance she can brag about.
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Carrie Underwood

After winning the 4th season of the show, Carrie Underwood went on to win seven Grammys and sell more than 65 million albums.
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Kelly Clarkson

She won the very first season of American Idol and now has 45 million records, two Academy of Country Music Awards and three Grammys under he belt.
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Jordin Sparks

Sparks won the 6th season of American Idol at just 17 years of age. She has since released several successful albums and has appeared on Broadway.
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Chris Daughtry

The only two American Idol alums more successful than Daughtry are Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, and he didn’t even win the top spot. He came in fourth the year he competed.
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Adam Lambert

Lambert has won an Oustanding Music Award and has used his fame to become socially active in the LGBT community.
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Kellie Pickler

She didn’t come in first, but she has several hits under her belt. Pickler also won season 16 of Dancing with the Stars.
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Katharine McPhee

Her music career was commendable, even after losing to Taylor Hicks, but McPhee has found more success as an actress since appearing on American Idol.
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Phillip Phillips

His name is hard to forget, but his music doesn’t hurt either. Phillips tune, “Home” was played during the 2012 London Olympics.
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Fantasia Barrino

Her R&B music is successful, but Barrino also used her newfound fame to land roles on Broadway.
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