A list of American Idol winners includes singers who have shot to super-stardom and singers who have receded back into relative obscurity. Winning the American Idol talent show has proven since 2002 to be helpful to a singer's career, but not a guarantee of success.
American Idol Winners
American Idol Losers
While the list of contestants who have not won American Idol is huge, a few select people have gone on to prove that winning the contest isn't everything. Clay Aiken, the runner-up in Season two, has released a popular album, written a New York Times best selling book and had a lead in the popular Broadway production of Spamalot. Jennifer Hudson, one of the Top 12 in season three, went on to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for the 2006 film musical Dreamgirls. 2005 competitor Constantine Maroulis has found success-and a Tony Award nomination-on Broadway with a leading role in the musical Rock of Ages, while 2006 contestant Chris Daughtry has found huge critical and commercial success with his band, the aptly titled Daughtry.
Knowing how to sign up for American Idol will do you little good if you cannot be physically present at the sign-up location. If you think you could be the next Carrie Underwood or Kris Allen, you'd better be ready to show up and show off.