Top 50 American Idol Contestants

by cmt_2003_22 | created - 06 Apr 2011 | updated - 06 Apr 2011 | Public

1. Carrie Underwood

Actress | Soul Surfer

Carrie Underwood was born on March 10, 1983 in Checotah, Oklahoma, USA as Carrie Marie Underwood. She has been married to Mike Fisher since July 10, 2010. They have one child.

2. Kelly Clarkson

Soundtrack | From Justin to Kelly

Kelly Brianne Clarkson was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Jeanne Ann (Rose), a teacher of English, and Stephen Michael Clarkson, an engineer. She was the first winner of the series American Idol, in 2002. Kelly is also a strong believer in God. She has been married to Brandon Blackstock since ...

3. Chris Daughtry

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Chris Daughtry was born on December 26, 1979 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA as Christopher Adam Daughtry. He has been married to Deanna Daughtry since November 11, 2000. They have four children.

4. Diana DeGarmo

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Diana DeGarmo, a country girl from Georgia and American Idol Season 3 Runner-Up just released her first real Country EP, "Live To Love", composed of songs she co-wrote with new fiancé Ace Young, that is digitally distributed through Jimmy Buffett's Mailboat Records. She has multiple Theatre credits...

5. Danny Gokey

Actor | The Wally Show Podcast

Danny Gokey was born on April 24, 1980 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Daniel Jay Gokey. He has been married to Leyicet Gokey since January 29, 2012. They have one child. He was previously married to Sophia Martinez.

6. Adam Lambert

Soundtrack | The Ten Commandments: The Musical

Adam Lambert was born on January 29, 1982 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA as Adam Mitchel Lambert.

7. Siobhan Magnus

Music_department | The Eve

Siobhan Magnus was born on March 15, 1990 in Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA as Siobhan Evelyn Magnus.

8. Lee DeWyze

Director | Lee DeWyze: Fight

Lee DeWyze was born on April 2, 1986 in Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA as Leon James DeWyze. He has been married to Jonna Walsh since July 21, 2012.

9. Casey James

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Casey James was born on January 1, 1983 in Cool, Texas, USA as Casey Everett James. He was previously married to Kellie Lister.

10. Mikalah Gordon

Actress | The Unit

Talented and feisty singer/actress/host and TV personality Mikalah Gordon is taking the entertainment scene by storm. Best known as the youngest contestant ever to make it to the top 11 on "American Idol" at 16 years old, Mikalah endeared herself to Idol fanatics and music moguls alike. During her ...

11. Haley Scarnato

Self | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Haley Scarnato was born on June 15, 1982 in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

12. Katharine McPhee

Actress | Smash

Katharine McPhee was born on March 25, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Katharine Hope McPhee. She is an actress, known for Smash (2012), The House Bunny (2008) and Shark Night 3D (2011). She was previously married to Nick Cokas.

13. Elliott Yamin

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Elliott Yamin was born on July 20, 1978 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Efraym Elliott Yamin.

14. Kellie Pickler

Soundtrack | Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Kellie Pickler was born in Albemarle, North Carolina to Cynthia Morton and Clyde "Bo" Raymond Pickler, Jr. Kelley's mother left when she was 2 but was then granted custody for two years. She was returned to her grandparents (Clyde Raymond Pickler, Sr., Faye Pickler) at age 12. Kellie's father was ...

15. Ruben Studdard

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Ruben Studdard was born on September 12, 1978 in Frankfurt, West Germany as Christopher Ruben Studdard. He was previously married to Surata Zuri McCants.

16. Jordin Sparks

Soundtrack | Sparkle

Jordin Sparks was born on December 22, 1989 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA as Jordin Brianna Sparks. She has been married to Dana Isaiah since July 16, 2017.

17. Jennifer Hudson

Soundtrack | Dreamgirls

Jennifer Hudson is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author. Bright and booming talent Hudson is a perfect example of how NOT winning the title of American Idol (2002) can actually be a boon to your career and not necessarily the end of a ...

18. David Cook

Special_effects | Skyfall

19. Alexis Grace

Actress | Bad, Bad Men

Alexis Grace was born on June 9, 1987 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA as Alexis Grace Middleton. She is an actress, known for Bad, Bad Men (2016), Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park (2016) and Calls from the Unknown (2016).

20. Allison Iraheta

Soundtrack | The Short Game

Allison Iraheta was born on April 27, 1992 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

21. Kris Allen

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Kris Allen was born on June 21, 1985 in Jacksonville, Arkansas, USA as Kristopher Neil Allen. He is best known as the winner for the eighth season of American Idol. In 2007, he released a album titled Brand New Shoes. He has been married to Katy O'Connell since September 26, 2008. They have two ...

22. Katie Stevens

Actress | Doga

Katie Stevens is an actress, known for Doga (2008) and Beauty and the Beat (2013).

23. Christina Christian

Actress | Burn Notice

Christina Christian was born on June 21, 1981 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She has been married to Nicholas Cewe since 2004. They have one child.

24. Michael Johns

Soundtrack | The Vampire Diaries

Michael Johns was born on October 20, 1978 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia as Michael John Lee. He was married to Stacey Vuduris. He died on August 1, 2014 in Tustin, California, USA.

25. Megan Joy

Actress | Breakdowns

Megan Joy was born on August 5, 1985 in Sandy, Utah, USA as Megan Joy Knudsen. She has been married to Quinn Allman since August 21, 2011.

26. Ryan Starr

Actress | CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Ryan Starr was born on November 21, 1982 in Sunland, California, USA as Tiffany Ryan Montgomery.

27. Carmen Rasmusen

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Carmen was born of Norwegian heritage on March 25, 1985 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to Carl and Michelle Rasmusen. The second of four children, Carmen began playing piano at the age of six. She spent most of her childhood performing; singing, dancing (includes cheerleading, tap, ballet and hip-hop...

28. Kimberley Locke

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Kimberley Locke was born on January 3, 1978 in Hartsville, Tennessee, USA as Kimberley Dawn Locke.

29. Constantine Maroulis

Actor | Rock of Ages

Constantine Maroulis was born on September 17, 1975 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Constantine James Maroulis. He is an actor, known for Rock of Ages (2012), Psychosis (2017) and The Bold and the Beautiful (1987).

30. Bo Bice

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Bo Bice was born on November 1, 1975 in Helena, Alabama, USA as Harold Elwin Bice III. He has been married to Caroline Fisher since June 15, 2005. They have three children.

31. Ramiele Malubay

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Ramiele Malubay was born on September 6, 1987 in Dammam, Saudi Arabia as Ramiele Macrohon Malubay.

32. Kimberly Caldwell

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Kimberly Caldwell was born on February 25, 1982 in Katy, Texas, USA. She has been married to Jordan Harvey since December 31, 2014. They have one child.

33. Jason Castro

Soundtrack | Amar a morir

Jason Castro was born on March 25, 1987 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Jason René Castro. He has been married to Mandy Mayhall since January 2, 2010. They have two children.

34. Brooke White

Actress | Change of Plans

Brooke Elizabeth White was born and raised in Arizona with her parents and three younger siblings. She began singing at the age of fifteen when she tried out for the musical "Meet me in St. Louis" and got the leading role. In 2008 she tried out for American Idol and was among the top twelve and ...

35. David Archuleta

Actor | Nandito ako

David Archuleta was born on December 28, 1990 in Miami, Florida, USA as David James Archuleta. He is an actor, known for Nandito ako (2012), So You Think You Can Dance (2005) and Star Search (1983).

36. Clay Aiken

Self | The Runner-Up

Clayton Holmes Grissom was born in Raleigh, North Carolina 30 November 1978 to his mother, Faye Aiken Parker and his late father, Vernon Grissom. When Clay was a teenager, he had a love for teaching and helping young children and later on studied to became a school teacher. When he was about 23 ...

37. Jasmine Trias

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Jasmine Soriano Trias (born 3 November 1986), the Filipino-American 3rd place finalist on last year's "American Idol," will have her self titled debut album in stores July 12, 2005. Her new CD introduces an edgier, rhythm and blues-based sound. From the single, "Excuses" (already #1 in the ...

38. Anthony Fedorov

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Anthony Fedorov was born on May 4, 1985 in Yalta, Crimean Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Anatoliy Vladimirovich Fedorov. He has been married to Jennifer Paz since December 25, 2012. They have one child.

39. Joshua Gracin

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Joshua Gracin was born on October 18, 1980 in Westland, Michigan, USA as Joshua Mario Gracin. He has been married to Ann Marie Kovacs since 2000. They have four children.

40. Blake Lewis

Self | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Blake Lewis was born on July 21, 1981 in Redmond, Washington, USA as Blake Colin Lewis. He is an actor and writer, known for American Idol (2002), Durarara!! (2010) and Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003).

41. Ace Young

Producer | The Barracks

Ace Young is from Colorado and is an American Idol Season 5 finalist. He has just released his new single, "I Wanna Fall In Love Again", which he wrote and produced along with dear friend and Top Swedish Producer, Harry Sommerdahl, that is digitally distributed through Jimmy Buffett's Mailboat ...

42. Bucky Covington

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Bucky Covington was born on November 8, 1977 in Rockingham, North Carolina, USA as William Joel Covington.

43. Chris Richardson

Composer | Paris Hilton: Come Alive

Chris Richardson was born on February 19, 1984 in Chesapeake, Virginia, USA as Christopher Michael Richardson.

44. Matt Giraud

Soundtrack | My Trip Back to the Dark Side

Matt Giraud was born on May 11, 1985 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA as Matthew Scott Giraud.

45. Lil Rounds

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Lil Rounds was born on November 14, 1984 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA as Lillian Rounds.

46. Justin Guarini

Soundtrack | From Justin to Kelly

Justin Guarini was born in Columbus, Georgia, on October 28, 1978.

Dad Eldrin Bell is a former Atlanta police chief and Clayton County (Ga.) Commission Chair. Chief Bell is first cousin to acclaimed actor Samuel L. Jackson's wife, LaTonya.

Stepfather Jerry Guarini is a retired Navy physicist.

Mom ...

47. Crystal Bowersox

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Crystal Bowersox was born on August 4, 1985 in Elliston, Ohio, USA as Crystal Lynn Bowersox. She has been married to Brian L. Walker since October 10, 2010.

48. Taylor Hicks

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Taylor Hicks was born on October 7, 1976 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA as Taylor Reuben Hicks.

49. Fantasia Barrino

Soundtrack | The Butler

Fantasia Barrino was born on June 30, 1984 in High Point, North Carolina, USA as Fantasia Monique Barrino. She has been married to Kendall Taylor since July 19, 2015.