14 Awesomest American Idol Alums

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American Idol is about to complete one of the most successful runs any series has ever had in TV history.

It produced record ratings for a couple of years, while also churning out memorable judges, incredible performances and, of course, a handful of talented singers.

Not every one of the contestants chosen below won their respective seasons.

But each won our heart for a variety of reasons, from their voices to their looks to their personality. Who is your all-time favorite American Idol finalist?

1. Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson
All hail queen Kelly! The original American Idol winner has a powerhouse voice and hits galore. And her daughter is SO cute!

2. Carrie Underwood

Bona fide country star Carrie Underwood remains one of Idol's most popular and successful products. She's won multiple Grammys and she's gorgeous.

3. Phillip Phillips

Season 11's victor Phillip Phillips not only has the same first and last name, his song home is the best-selling American Idol single!

4. Fantasia Barrino

Fantasia has starred on Broadway numerous times and can call herself a Grammy winner.

5. Paul McDonald

Season 11's folk-rock crooner Paul is a mega-talent. Plus, he was once to married Twilight star Nicki Reed. They got divorced, but nice catch!

6. Kellie Pickler

Country cutie Kellie Pickler giggled her way into America's hearts on season 5. She is also a Dancing With The Stars winner!

7. David Cook

Season 7's David Cook was a fan favorite and the ultimate winner, besting David Archuleta.

8. Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert was the runner-up to Kris Allen, but earned a legion of fans he has kept with him to this day.

9. Jordin Sparks

10. David Archuleta

11. Chris Daughtry

Chris Daughtry is one of the best-selling Idol artists in history. He also looks great shirtless.

12. Katharine McPhee

Amazingly, neither the smoldering Katharine McPhee or Chris Daughtry won their season. Taylor Hicks outlasted them both.

13. 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 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]