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American Idol returns tonight, January 18, with its 2-hour premiere, making this the 11th season.

When Idol first debuted on FOX back in 2002, nobody knew how hugely successful the show would be, but 11 seasons later, the show has turned out some of the biggest stars in the music biz, and a great deal of them didn't even win.

After a few years go by, some may forget who gained their fame from American Idol. From Jennifer Hudson to Kelly Clarkson, Click through the pics and let us know which your favorite former contestant gets your vote as the most successful in the comments!

Will you be watching AI tonight? Check out the promo with the judges and host Ryan Seacrest below and let us know. 



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  • Miya

    Really that's all you can say about these three? At least do your homework on Taylor Hicks before you make such a blatantly ignorant statement. Taylor started his own record label and is in Nashville recording his third CD due out this year. He had one of the most successful tours ever as a headliner coming right off if Idol and has been touring and working ever since, carving out a nice career for himself as a touring artist and actor. With the best yet to come.

  • Ali

    I've never been an "Idol" watcher, but took my daughter to see David Cook in concert last year. Great show, great showman. He's got talent and charisma, just needs the right vehicle to get him out there.

  • justaguy

    She's beautiful

  • Natalie

    David Cook hardly deserves to appear in the same sentence as Taylor Hicks! He released a sophomore CD last year, went on tour covering over 50 venues, and has had 4 major radio hits, along with a currently playing single: "Time of My Life", "Light On", "Come Back to Me", "The Last Goodbye", and "Fade Into Me".

  • Nanny

    Amazing that they list Kelly Clarkson as the most successful, but Carrie's information beside her picture is twice to three times as long. I agree with Laura. Carrie is the most successful American Idol.. Not to mention, she proved me wrong...I voted Bo Bice that year!

  • luvlyhoneybabe

    another hott mess

  • luvlyhoneybabe

    hot mess

  • olivia

    kind of dumb you feel the need to update us on carrie underwood and kelly clarkson. theyre still very famous. where are they nows are usually reserved for people that have dropped off the radar...

  • ewolf.girl

    David Cook is my all-time favorite Idol. He has a loyal following and is amazing in concert! He's the only Idol I truly follow.

  • Laura

    I love Carrie! Her Play On tour was amazing! I think she is the most successful American Idol winner!

  • Gus

    Both David Cook and Kris Allen were moved in the Sony music group shuffle. They are now both assigned to the RCA branch, but they were never dropped by the label. Kris' new cd should be out this year, and it says a lot for him that RCA has him continuously writing songs for others as well as for himself.