1. Kelly Clarkson won the inaugural season of American Idol, spring-boarding to a fantastic career in which she has released four studio albums to worldwide sales of more than 20 million units sold. She was named the show’s all-time most successful competitor by Billboard magazine in 2010. 3. Fantasia Barrino has had huge success since beating Diana DeGarmo and Jennifer Hudson for the show’s third season crown in 2004, making her mark on both the charts and on Broadway, where she was cast in The Color Purple musical. She’s released two hot-selling albums which have garnered her eight Grammy nominations. She even starred in a Lifetime movie about her own life. Her third album is slated to hit shelves summer 2010.
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