14 Awesomest American Idol Alums

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13. Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken
Clay Aiken is the only American Idol contestant to ever run for Congress. He lost. But still. Good effort!

14. Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson is the only American Idol alum to claim this title: Oscar winner.

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]