Top 5 Most Successful 'American Idols' of All-Time (PHOTOS)
From Kelly Clarkson to Jordin Sparks, a closer look at the show's biggest stars.
While taking the crown on the FOX singing competition can certainly be a singer's breakout moment, a win doesn't necessarily spell success.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.gallery, above, to find out who holds the honor.
Then weigh in: Who is your favorite Idol? Explain why in the comments, below.