Here’s What Happened to 11 of The Most Successful ‘American Idol’ Alums

There have been 15 entertaining and emotional seasons of the FOX hit show American Idol. And now that the singing competition program is ending, it’s time to celebrate the achievements of some of its most memorable contestants.

Few of the show’s winners have found consistent and growing success with music, but the legacies of the show and its participants will be constant forever. These are the Idol alums who’ve come out ahead since competing on the show.

Kelly Clarkson


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Since winning American Idol in 2002, Kelly Clarkson has become a three-time Grammy winner. She’s released seven studio albums, and her latest album, Piece by Piece earned her two new Grammy nominations. According to Forbes, the singer made about $4 million (USD) in 2015.

Clay Aiken


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After coming in second on season two of Idol, Clay Aiken made his multi-platinum album debut with 2003’s Measure of a Man, which he followed up with six more studio albums. He is also¬† a New York Times best-selling author and made his Broadway debut in Monty Python’s Spamalot. Aiken ran for Congress in North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district but lost to the Republican incumbent.

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