Over a decade ago, America became infatuated with a certain televised singing competition. Long before Britney Spears cast judgment on the X Factor or Adam Levine spun around in a giant red chair on The Voice, there was American Idol. It was one of the first shows to find a new solo artist determined by the hearts and minds of the people…a real democratic rise to stardom!
Over the years, we've heard the good, the bad and the downright terrible, but every season we found talent to remember, at least for the most part. We'll never forget original Idol Kelly Clarkson or Queen of Country Carrie Underwood, but whatever happened to other less notable winners and runner-ups?
Take a ride down memory lane in our gallery and find out where your favorite contestants and winners have taken their careers!