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#1/82:

Adam Lambert auditions for Season 8

#1/82:

Adam Lambert auditions for Season 8

Season Eight runner-up Adam Lambert gives judges an opening audition blast.
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Lambert: a man of many disguises

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Lambert: a man of many disguises

Stage presence and vocals proved Lambert was truly an "Idol" golden boy in 2009.
#3/82:

Another Elvis? Lambert has the look

#3/82:

Another Elvis? Lambert has the look

Lambert's slicked-back look reminds many of a past vocal King.
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Controlled Mad-ness

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Controlled Mad-ness

A retrofit Gary Jules version of Mad World punctuated a Lambert legend.
#5/82:

Lambert and KISS rock Season Eight finale

#5/82:

Lambert and KISS rock Season Eight finale

Lambert and KISS rocked the house during Season Eight's final moments.
#6/82:

Ticket a Golden first step for Lambert

#6/82:

Ticket a Golden first step for Lambert

Lambert jubilantly holds his golden ticket to stardom.
#7/82:

Amanda Overmyer auditions for Season Seven

#7/82:

Amanda Overmyer auditions for Season Seven

Amanda Overmyer scarf-ed up an Atlanta audition, hammering Joplin's Turle Blues.
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Wild Ride: Singer Overmyer's two-wheeler

#8/82:

Wild Ride: Singer Overmyer's two-wheeler

Bandana biker Overmyer enjoys riding Harley Davidsons in her spare time.
#9/82:

Animated Overmyer vibrant as real deal

#9/82:

Animated Overmyer vibrant as real deal

If not already larger than life, some have a Rogue interpretation of Overmyer.
#10/82:

Overmyer a striped tiger on stage

#10/82:

Overmyer a striped tiger on stage

Overmyer, 11th place overall, was a striped tiger during Beatles' Back in the U.S.S.R.
#11/82:

Blake Lewis brings the beat

#11/82:

Blake Lewis brings the beat

Seattle's strange brew: Blake Lewis brought a techno-pop feel to Season Six.
#12/82:

Lewis mixes in Fresh-ness

#12/82:

Lewis mixes in Fresh-ness

A beatbox dream actualized for Lewis, who teamed with Fresh to pump the volume.
#13/82:

Suit-able attire for Lewis

#13/82:

Suit-able attire for Lewis

Wanting for fashion--and a final song, Lewis took second in Season Six.
#14/82:

Bothel bopper Lewis studio-bound

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Bothel bopper Lewis studio-bound

Lewis en route to a refuge, the studio, to assemble Audio Dream Day.
#15/82:

Hair he is: Bo Bice a rock force in Season Four

#15/82:

Hair he is: Bo Bice a rock force in Season Four

Hard-rocking Alabama native Bo Bice and his iconic locks.
#16/82:

An axe to grind for Bice

#16/82:

An axe to grind for Bice

Southern rocker Bo Bice shows handy guitar work on guest visit to Idol.
#17/82:

Bice a sharp-dressed man

#17/82:

Bice a sharp-dressed man

Season Four singer Bice looking dapper on the Idol red carpet.
#18/82:

Bice lets hair down

#18/82:

Bice lets hair down

A fatigued Bice talks with Access Hollywood after a long day.
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Underwood shakes early audition jitters

#19/82:

Underwood shakes early audition jitters

Oklahoma's Carrie Underwood shook off nervousness during Season Four auditions.
#20/82:

Former champion Underwood visits Idol

#20/82:

Former champion Underwood visits Idol

Former winner Carrie Underwood guest performs on American Idol.
#21/82:

Take two and call me in the morning

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Take two and call me in the morning

Carrie Underwood scored a pair of awards--including 2009 Entertainer of the Year.
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Tale be 'Told', Underwood golden again

#22/82:

Tale be 'Told', Underwood golden again

Carrie Underwood golden after a fifth Grammy for Told You duet with Randy Travis.
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Underwood 2008 Grammy 'Best Female'

#23/82:

Underwood 2008 Grammy 'Best Female'

In 2008, He Cheats earned Carrie Underwood a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal.
#24/82:

Idol' win just a start for small town Underwood

#24/82:

Idol' win just a start for small town Underwood

A flurry of accolades have followed Underwood since he 2005 American Idol title.
#25/82:

Season Five singer Chris Daughtry poses for the camera

#25/82:

Season Five singer Chris Daughtry poses for the camera

Season Five singer Chris Daughtry poses for the camera during a promotional event.
#26/82:

Whuh? Daughtry eliminated from American Idol

#26/82:

Whuh? Daughtry eliminated from American Idol

Fourth place Chris Daughtry was outlasted by a flabbergasted Katharine McPhee.
#27/82:

Show alum Daughtry visits former grounds

#27/82:

Show alum Daughtry visits former grounds

Chris Daughtry performs during an American Idol guest appearance.
#28/82:

Daughtry wins at 2007 AMAs

#28/82:

Daughtry wins at 2007 AMAs

Eponymous band Daughtry savors win at the 2007 American Music Awards.
#29/82:

Twice as nice for Daughtry at AMAs

#29/82:

Twice as nice for Daughtry at AMAs

Daughtry and company returned a year later more animated for second AMA trophy.
#30/82:

Looks aren't everything for unlikely star Aiken

#30/82:

Looks aren't everything for unlikely star Aiken

North Carolina native Clay Aiken sounded great in auditions but didn't look like an Idol.
#31/82:

Aiken a polished product

#31/82:

Aiken a polished product

Aiken is stylin' with a new doo and upscale threads after worldwide touring.
#32/82:

Aiken, Studdard vie for Season Two title

#32/82:

Aiken, Studdard vie for Season Two title

Good-natured competitors Clay Aiken, right and Ruben Studdard vie for Idol title.
#33/82:

Grin part of daily uniform for Carolina Clay

#33/82:

Grin part of daily uniform for Carolina Clay

A grin is part of the daily uniform for small town North Carolina native Clay Aiken.
#34/82:

It's Spam for former show contestant Aiken

#34/82:

It's Spam for former show contestant Aiken

Season Two runner-up Clay Aiken is part of the theatrical Sir Spamalot.
#35/82:

Cook gets Royals treatment during trip to Arrowhead

#35/82:

Cook gets Royals treatment during trip to Arrowhead

A baseball fanatic since youth, David Cook gets the KC Royals treatment.
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Kansas City native David Cook's audition mugshot

#36/82:

Kansas City native David Cook's audition mugshot

Kansas City native David Cook's audition won over judges despite a bad hair day.
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Emotions set in for Cook after title announcement

#37/82:

Emotions set in for Cook after title announcement

David Cook is overcome by emotion after announced as Season Seven champion.
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AC' an added spark for hopeful contestant Cook

#38/82:

AC' an added spark for hopeful contestant Cook

Initials "AC" remind David Cook of his older brother. Adam Cook died of cancer in 2009.
#39/82:

Cook wins Season Seven of American Idol

#39/82:

Cook wins Season Seven of American Idol

David Cook is joined by show finalists to celebrate winning Season Seven of Idol.
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Finalists Barrino, DeGarmo held in suspense

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Finalists Barrino, DeGarmo held in suspense

Finalists Fantasia Barrino and Diana DeGarmo are held in suspense by host Ryan Seacrest.
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All that glitters?is Fantasia

#41/82:

All that glitters?is Fantasia

American Idol champion Fantasia Barrino shows she's golden--in more ways than one.
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Barrino on 'the carpet'

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Barrino on 'the carpet'

A trimmed-down Fantasia Barrino strolls elegantly during a Hollywood red carpet event.
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A dream realized: Barrino wins Season Three

#43/82:

A dream realized: Barrino wins Season Three

Championship confetti was a dream realized for Season Three winner Fantasia Barrino.
#44/82:

A big start for Hudson

#44/82:

A big start for Hudson

If hair count, Jennifer Hudson had a big start to Season Three auditions.
#45/82:

Hudson becomes a Dreamgirl

#45/82:

Hudson becomes a Dreamgirl

Playing the role of Effie White, Hudson won 30 awards in the movie Dreamgirls.
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From from to 'Yo' for glam-look Hudson

#46/82:

From from to 'Yo' for glam-look Hudson

It has been a glam upgrade from fro to 'Yo!' for Jennifer Hudson.
#47/82:

Grammy for Hudson

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Grammy for Hudson

Jennifer Hudson receives a Grammy award in 2006 for Best R&B Vocalist.
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Hardware a habit for Hudson

#48/82:

Hardware a habit for Hudson

Dreamgirl Jennifer Hudson had a firm grip on the Oscar Award in 2007.
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Much-needed audition Sparks in Seattle

#49/82:

Much-needed audition Sparks in Seattle

Jordin Sparks was a bright spot in a mostly abysmal Season Six audition field.
#50/82:

Got Guns?

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Got Guns?

A bicep from milk spokesperson Jordin Sparks shows off a different set of pipes.
#51/82:

Milk does an American Idol good

#51/82:

Milk does an American Idol good

A fit Jordin Sparks is proof that exercise, lean foods and milk make a trim, healthy body.
#52/82:

If you're happy and you know it?

#52/82:

If you're happy and you know it?

Winning a Ford Mustang, recording contract and a $1 million bring a smile to Sparks.
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Her Moment is Now: Sparks reacts to winning Idol

#53/82:

Her Moment is Now: Sparks reacts to winning Idol

Her Moment is Now: Sparks takes a moment to savor the reality TV singing win.
#54/82:

McPhee dressed down for tryout

#54/82:

McPhee dressed down for tryout

Katharine McPhee's audition gear is more for comfort than style.
#55/82:

Blonde ambition: McPhee hopes to recreate her image

#55/82:

Blonde ambition: McPhee hopes to recreate her image

McPhee hopes a new blonde will render new results for her singing, acting careers.
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A locks job? McPhee tries acting

#56/82:

A locks job? McPhee tries acting

The singer from southern California has bit parts in CSI: NY and Community
#57/82:

Just kickin' it: Former runner-up guest performs on Idol

#57/82:

Just kickin' it: Former runner-up guest performs on Idol

A spirited Katharine McPhee was a guest performer on Idol.
#58/82:

And a starlet was born

#58/82:

And a starlet was born

Katharine McPhee looked like a starlet in this early 2006 show photoshoot.
#59/82:

Clarkson auditions for first American Idol

#59/82:

Clarkson auditions for first American Idol

Kelly Clarkson looked like this during auditions for Season One.
#60/82:

Fort Wort fashion faux pas

#60/82:

Fort Wort fashion faux pas

The haircut, coloration and compressed clothes equal fashion felonies for Kelly Clarkson.
#61/82:

Back in the Idol saddle for Clarkson

#61/82:

Back in the Idol saddle for Clarkson

Clarkson appears as a guest performer on American Idol. She was the Season One winner.
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Idol champion undergoes image redux

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Idol champion undergoes image redux

Idol champion Kelly Clarkson's image redux offers less clothes and hips.
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Clarkson wins at the 2009 Women's World Awards

#63/82:

Clarkson wins at the 2009 Women's World Awards

Kelly Clarkson holding a tropyh at the 2009 Women's World Awards.
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Conway, Arkansas native Kris Allen at Season Eight auditions

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Conway, Arkansas native Kris Allen at Season Eight auditions

Conway, Arkansas native Kris Allen at Season Eight auditions
#65/82:

Show 'Glam Squad' members make Allen dapper

#65/82:

Show 'Glam Squad' members make Allen dapper

Show 'Glam Squad' members help Kris Allen shed the plaid gear and become dapper.
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Allen performs wth guitar during Season Eight.

#66/82:

Allen performs wth guitar during Season Eight.

Allen often performed with a guitar during Season Eight competiton.
#67/82:

Allen led a pressurized final round with Ain't No Sunshine.

#67/82:

Allen led a pressurized final round with Ain't No Sunshine.

Allen led a pressurized final round with a piano version of Ain't No Sunshine.
#68/82:

Kris Allen reacts in disbelief?

#68/82:

Kris Allen reacts in disbelief?

Kris Allen reacts in disbelief after winning American Idol over favored Adam Lambert.
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Ruben Studdard wearing "205" gear

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Ruben Studdard wearing "205" gear

Ruben Studdard wearing "205" gear to represent his home state, Alabama.
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Studdard recently in musical Ain't Misbehavin'

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Studdard recently in musical Ain't Misbehavin'

Studdard recently starred in Ain't Misbehavin' to supplement stuggling CD sales.
#71/82:

The large soul singer Studdard initially liked the casual look.

#71/82:

The large soul singer Studdard initially liked the casual look.

The large soul singer Studdard initially liked the casual look.
#72/82:

A new man: Studdard's upgrades

#72/82:

A new man: Studdard's upgrades

Studdard upgraded his grooming and attire to a more GQ style.
#73/82:

Studdard ties the knot

#73/82:

Studdard ties the knot

Season Two champ Ruben Studdard married Surata Zuri McCants in June 2008.
#74/82:

Vacancy filled: Tamyra Gray joins theatre cast

#74/82:

Vacancy filled: Tamyra Gray joins theatre cast

Tamyra Gray joins theatre cast of Rent in Miami, Florida.
#75/82:

Workin' for Rent money

#75/82:

Workin' for Rent money

Gray gives an energetic effort during a stage performance.
#76/82:

All smiles for Gray

#76/82:

All smiles for Gray

By the season's end, viewers saw a more stylish, refined Gray.
#77/82:

"Idol" alum Gray sings

#77/82:

"Idol" alum Gray sings

Anaugural season alum Tamrya Gray revisits the Idol stage.
#78/82:

Hicks delivers in finals

#78/82:

Hicks delivers in finals

Taylor Hicks brings it during a Season Five finals routine.
#79/82:

Back at it: Hicks works on second CD

#79/82:

Back at it: Hicks works on second CD

Back in the studio, Hicks worked hard for an improved second CD.
#81/82:

Soul-ful sweep for Hicks

#81/82:

Soul-ful sweep for Hicks

Hicks pumps fist for "Soul Patrol" victory during the Grand Finale of Season Five.
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