American Idol is one of the most popular American singing reality shows. The reality television series started in the year 2002 and seventeen seasons of the same have been telecasted so far. American Idol has served as a platform for several budding singers and helped them build a career in the entertainment industry.
The Complete List of American Idol Winners
Here is a look at the list of American idol winners of all seasons.
1] American Idol Season 1 Winner (2002) – Kelly Clarkson
The young and talented, Kelly Clarkson from Burleson, Texas won the first season of the show. She was all of 20 at that time. Justin Guarini from Doylestown, Pennsylvania was the runner-up. Nikki Mckibbin from Grand Prairie, Texas secured the third position.
2] American Idol Season 2 Winner (2003) – Ruben Studdard
A stud indeed, Ruben Studdard from Birmingham, Alabama, proudly took home the American Idol Season 2 trophy. He was 25 years old back then. Clay Aiken from Raleigh, North Carolina was the runner-up of the season. Kimberley Locke from Nashville, Tennessee stood third.
3] American Idol Season 3 Winner (2004) – Fantasia Barrino
Blessed with a melodious voice, Fantasia Barrino from High Point, North Carolina won the hearts of the judges and the audience alike. She was declared the winner of the third season. She was 19 years old back in 2004. Diana De Garmo from Snellville, Georgia became the runner-up and Jasmine Trias from Mililani, Hawaii secured the third position.
4] American Idol Season 4 Winner (2005) – Carrie Underwood
Twenty one year old, Carrie Underwood from Checotah, Oklahoma, won the fourth season of American Idol. Bo Bice from Helena, Alabama was the runner up of the season. Vonzell Solomon from Fort Myers, Florida stood third.
5] American Idol Season 5 Winner (2006) – Taylor Hicks
Taylor Hicks from Birmingham, Albama was declared the winner of the fifth season of American Idol. He was twenty nine years old. Katharine McPhee from Los Angeles, California became the runner up and Elliot Yamin from Richmond, Virginia secured the third position.
6] American Idol Season 6 Winner (2007) – Jordin Sparks
17 year old, Jordin Sparks from Glendale, Arizona won the title this time. Blake Lewis from Bothell, Washington was the runner up. Melinda Doolittle from Brentwood, Tennessee secured the third position.
7] American Idol Season 7 Winner (2008) – David Cook
David Cook from Blue Springs, Missouri won the seventh season of American Idol. He was 25 years old at that time. David Archuleta from Murray, Utah became the runner up and Syesha Mercado from Sarasota, Florida secured the third position.
8] American Idol Season 8 Winner (2009) – Kris Allen
Twenty three year old, Kris Allen from Conway, Arkanas took home the American Idol Season 8 trophy. Adam Lambert from San Diego, California became the runner up and Danny Gokey from Milwaukee, Wisconsin came third.
9] American Idol Season 9 Winner (2010) – Lee DeWyze
Lee DeWyze from Mount Prospect, Illinois enthralled everyone with his melodious voice and won the trophy this time round. He was 23 years old in 2010. Crystal Bowersox from Elliston, Ohio became the runner of the season and Casey James from Fort Worth, Texas secured the third position.
10 American Idol Season 10 Winner (2011) – Scotty McCreery
17 year old, Scotty McCreery from Garner, North Carolina became the winner of the show in 2011. Lauren Alaina from Rossville, Georgia became the runner up of the season. Haley Reinhart from Wheeling, Illinois secured the third position.
11] American Idol Season 11 Winner (2012) – Philip Philips
21 years old, Philip Philips from Leesburg, Georgia was declared the winner of 11th season of American Idol. Jessica Sanchez from San Diego, California became the runner up of the season. Joshua Ledet from Westlake, Louisiana secured the third position.
12] American Idol Season 12 Winner (2013) – Candice Glover
The super talented singer, Candice Glover from St. Helena Island, South Carolina became the winner of this season. She was 23 years old in 2013. Kree Harrison from Woodville, Texas was the runner up and Angie Miller from Beverly, Massachusetts stood third.
13] American Idol Season 13 Winner (2014) – Caleb Johnson
The gorgeous, Caleb Johnson from Asheville, North Carolina became the winner of this season. She was 23 years old at that time. Jene Irene from Farmington Hills, Michigan was the runner up and Alex Preston from Mont Vermon, New Hampshire ecured the third position.
14] American Idol Season 14 Winner (2015) – Nick Fradiani
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Nick Fradiani from Guilford, Connecticut became the talk of the town as he won the American Idol Season 14 title. Clark Beckham from White House, Tennessee became the runner up and Jax from East Brunswick, New Jersey secured the third position.
15] American Idol Season 15 Winner (2016) – Trent Harmon
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26 years old, Trent Harmon from Amory, Mississippi became the winner this time. La’Porsha Renae from McComb, Mississippi became the runner up and Dalton Rapattoni stood third.
16] American Idol Season 16 Winner (2017) – Maddie Poppe
The beautiful Maddie Poppe from Clarksville, Iowa was declared the winner of this season. She was 20 years old at that time. Caleb Lee Hutchinson from Dallas, Georgia became the runner up and Gabby Barrett secured the third position.
17] American Idol Season 17 Winner (2018) – Laine Hardy
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18 years old, Laine Hardy from Livingston, Louisiana became the winner of this season. Alejandro Aranda from Pomona, California became the runner-up and Madison VanDenburg from Cohoes, New York secured the third position.
Season 18 of American Idol is expected to premiere in 2020. Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan are likely to serve as the judges of the show. They were the judges in the last season too!