The Most Successful American Idol Contestants


American Idol first debuted on Fox in 2002 and is a singing competition series that has created some of the biggest names in the music industry today. At the height of the show, it reached almost forty million live viewers. Contestants go through several rounds of competition and eventually reach the live shows, where ultimately, one is crowned the winner. During the show's first several seasons, the judges were Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, and Randy Jackson, with cohosts Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman. Although the show has different judges, it is still going strong today.