Lee DeWyze won the 2010 American Idol season 9 and will now join the elite 8 before him as American Idol Winners. Let’s take a look back at the winners preceding Lee.
Season One American Idol Winner: Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Brianne Clarkson from Fort Worth, Texas was the first American Idol, winning on the first season on September 4, 2002 at the age of 20. Kelly Clarkson has released four albums to date: Thankful (2003), Breakaway (2004), My December (2007), All I Ever Wanted (2009). Thankful went double platinum and Breakway went multi-platinum. She won two Grammy Awards for her My December album. Her first four albums have sold over 10.5 million copies in the United States.
Season Two American Idol Winner: Ruben Studdard
Christopher Ruben Studdard of Birmingham, Alabama won season two of American Idol at the age of 24, winning over runner-up Clay Aiken. Ruben Studdard has released four studio albums: Soulful (2003), I Need an Angel (2004), The Return (2006) and Love Is (2009). He received a Grammy Award nomination in December 2003 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his song “Superstar.”
Season Three American Idol Winner: Fantasia Barrino
Fantasia Monique Barrino of High Point, North Carolina won the third season of American Idol in May 2004 at the age of 19. Fantasia’s released her first album Free Yourself in 2004 which got her four Grammy nominations in 2006. Her second album, titled Fantasia, featured the number-one R&B hit “When I See U” and received 3 Grammy nominations.
Season Four American Idol Winner: Carrie Underwood
Carrie Marie Underwood, born March 10, 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, won American Idol season four on May 25, 2005. Carrie Underwood has been the most successful American Idol winner becoming a multi-platinum selling recording artist and a multiple Grammy Award winner. She was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, is a three-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Female Vocalist winner, and the current ACM Entertainer of the Year. She is the first ever female artist to win back-to-back Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards for Entertainer of the Year (2009/2010).
Season Five American Idol Winner: Taylor Hicks
Taylor Reuben Hicks of Birmingham, Alabama was named the season five American Idol Winner May 24, 2006 at the age of 29, making him the oldest contestant to win American Idol. Taylor Hicks has released two albums since his American Idol Crowing, self-titled album Taylor Hicks in 2007 and The Distance in 2009.
Season Six American Idol Winner: Jordin Sparks
Jordin Brianna Sparks, born December 22, 1989 in Phoenix, Arizona, won American Idol May 23, 2007. Jordin Sparks is the youngest contestant to win American Idol to date, being only 17. She released her self-titled album in 2007, which has gone platinum and has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Her second album titled Battlefield was released in July 2009 worldwide. Jordin Sparks has won an American Music Award in 2008 and received her first Grammy nomination in 2009.
Season Seven American Idol Winner: David Cook
David Roland Cook won American Idol season seven on May 21, 2008 at the age of 25. David Cook was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in Bluesprings, Missouri. David Cook released his first post-Idol self-titled album on November 18, 2008. He won Nashville Music Awards’ Song of the Year for his song “Time of My Life.”
Season Eight American Idol Winner: Kris Allen
Kristopher Neil Allen of Conway, Arkansas won American Idol season eight on May 20, 2009 at the age of 24. Kris Allen is married to his high school sweetheart, Katy O’Connell, making him the only married American Idol winner. Kris Allen’s first post-Idol self-titled album was released on November 17, 2009.
Season Nine American Idol Winner: Lee DeWyze
Leon James DeWyze from Mount Prospect, Illinois won American Idol season nine on May 26, 2010 at the age of 24. Lee DeWyze, along with fellow contestant and runner-up Crystal Bowersox, were the only two contestants who had never been voted into the bottom two throughout season nine.