It's the show all of America loves to watch, and whose former judges America loves to hate so in case you've missed out on the last decade, here is a list of the "American Idol winners season 1-8 to catch you up. There are also interesting facts that you may not have known about each winner.

  1. Kelly Clarkson – The first American Idol, Kelly Clarkson became a household name almost overnight. She has enjoyed much success from her career, having released four albums to date. Clarkson is a pop/pop-rock artist. She is also the only "American Idol" contestant to have ever attained a number one on the UK charts. Clarkson is from Fort Worth, TX, and is the highest selling "American Idol" winner worldwide.

  2. Ruben Studdard - From Birmingham, Alabama, Rubben Studdard is primarily an R&B and gospel artist, but also does pop music. He received a Grammy Award nomination for best male R&B vocal performance in December 2003 for his song “Superstar.” Studdard's" American Idol" win was considered a tight one, being that only 134,000 votes separated the last two. Studdard is the official spokesperson for “Be Sickle Smart,” a grassroots education program for people living with sickle-cell anemia.

  3. Fantasia Barrino – Commonly known as just Fantasia, Barrino is also a Broadway and television actress. Her debut album “Believe” debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Fantasia Barrino was born and raised in High Point, North Carolina, and is a single mom who tried out for "American Idol" in Atlanta, Georgia. Her music spans a variety of genres, from R&B, soul, funk, pop, hip-hop soul, and gospel.

  4. Carrie Underwood – A wildly successful country singer, Carrie Underwood was the winner of the fourth season of "American Idol." She is a multi-platinum selling, multiple Grammy Award winning artist, among many, many other awards and professional memberships. Her most memorable song, “Before He Cheats,” hit number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs list, staying there for five weeks straight. Underwood was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and was raised in Checotah Oklahoma.

  5. Taylor Hicks - Winning at age 29, blues, country, and pop-rock singer Taylor Hicks is the oldest winner of "American Idol" in the show's history. Hicks' fan following refers to themselves as the Soul Patrol. He was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, where at age fourteen his hair had already started turning gray. He is currently on tour, playing the role of Teen Angel in "Grease."

  6. Jordin Sparks – An R&B songwriter/singer/model/actress, Jordin is from Glendale, Arizona. She is the youngest "American Idol" winner to date, being seventeen years old when she won. Her single “No Air” sold four million digital copies, making it the highest selling single by any "American Idol" winner.

  7. David Cook – Born in Houston, Texas and raised in Blue Springs Missouri, David Cook is an alternative rock/post-grunge artist. He originally went to the auditions solely to support his younger brother, Andrew Cook, but ended up auditioning when a show producer noticed him. In 2008, he broke many Billboard chart records, including having eleven records premiere in one week.

  8. Kris Allen – The winner of season 8, Kris Allen has enjoyed some success, although it is noted that his winning season is the first season that the winner of "American Idol" failed to achieve gold album status. Kris Allen is from Conway, Arkansas, and had a self released album prior to "American Idol" titled "Brand New Shoes." His genre is considered pop-rock or alternative rock.

 - Tearyne Glover