With American Idol season 12 kicking off, the search begins for the next big star.
While taking the crown on the FOX singing competition can certainly be a singer’s breakout moment, a win doesn’t necessarily spell success.After each Idol season adjourns, victors venture into the wider world of in the music industry, some making quite a splash — like chart-blazing inaugural champ Kelly Clarkson — while others simply sink.
Sometimes, even as title holders lose that Idol lunar pull as runner-ups — like season two’s second-best Clay Aiken or seventh-place finisher Jennifer Hudson — stand the test of time.
So as the FOX jaugernaut prepares to premiere — revealing a revamped judge’s panel, with pop diva Mariah Carey, raptress Nicki Minaj and country star Keith Urban joining Idol veteran Randy Jackson — it feels only fitting to look back at all the Idol alums who have made a mark on music.Who has been the most successful Idol of all-time? Take a gander at the gallery, above, to find out who holds the honor.
Then weigh in: Who is your favorite Idol? Explain why in the comments, below.
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