American Idol Showdown

by SheKnows
Mar 17, 2010 at 3:45 p.m. ET
Season Eight runner-up Adam Lambert gives judges an opening audition blast.

1 /81: Lambert: a man of many disguises

1/81 :Lambert: a man of many disguises

Stage presence and vocals proved Lambert was truly an "Idol" golden boy in 2009.

2 /81: Another Elvis? Lambert has the look

2/81 :Another Elvis? Lambert has the look

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

3 /81: Controlled Mad-ness

3/81 :Controlled Mad-ness

A retrofit Gary Jules version of Mad World punctuated a Lambert legend.

4 /81: Lambert and KISS rock Season Eight finale

4/81 :Lambert and KISS rock Season Eight finale

Lambert and KISS rocked the house during Season Eight's final moments.

5 /81: Ticket a Golden first step for Lambert

5/81 :Ticket a Golden first step for Lambert

Lambert jubilantly holds his golden ticket to stardom.

6 /81: Amanda Overmyer auditions for Season Seven

6/81 :Amanda Overmyer auditions for Season Seven

Amanda Overmyer scarf-ed up an Atlanta audition, hammering Joplin's Turle Blues.

7 /81: Wild Ride: Singer Overmyer's two-wheeler

7/81 :Wild Ride: Singer Overmyer's two-wheeler

Bandana biker Overmyer enjoys riding Harley Davidsons in her spare time.

8 /81: Animated Overmyer vibrant as real deal

8/81 :Animated Overmyer vibrant as real deal

If not already larger than life, some have a Rogue interpretation of Overmyer.

9 /81: Overmyer a striped tiger on stage

9/81 :Overmyer a striped tiger on stage

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

10 /81: Blake Lewis brings the beat

10/81 :Blake Lewis brings the beat

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

11 /81: Lewis mixes in Fresh-ness

11/81 :Lewis mixes in Fresh-ness

A beatbox dream actualized for Lewis, who teamed with Fresh to pump the volume.

12 /81: Suit-able attire for Lewis

12/81 :Suit-able attire for Lewis

Wanting for fashion--and a final song, Lewis took second in Season Six.

13 /81: Bothel bopper Lewis studio-bound

13/81 :Bothel bopper Lewis studio-bound

Lewis en route to a refuge, the studio, to assemble Audio Dream Day.

14 /81: Hair he is: Bo Bice a rock force in Season Four

14/81 :Hair he is: Bo Bice a rock force in Season Four

Hard-rocking Alabama native Bo Bice and his iconic locks.

15 /81: An axe to grind for Bice

15/81 :An axe to grind for Bice

Southern rocker Bo Bice shows handy guitar work on guest visit to Idol.

16 /81: Bice a sharp-dressed man

16/81 :Bice a sharp-dressed man

Season Four singer Bice looking dapper on the Idol red carpet.

17 /81: Bice lets hair down

17/81 :Bice lets hair down

A fatigued Bice talks with Access Hollywood after a long day.

18 /81: Underwood shakes early audition jitters

18/81 :Underwood shakes early audition jitters

Oklahoma's Carrie Underwood shook off nervousness during Season Four auditions.

19 /81: Former champion Underwood visits Idol

19/81 :Former champion Underwood visits Idol

Former winner Carrie Underwood guest performs on American Idol.

20 /81: Take two and call me in the morning

20/81 :Take two and call me in the morning

Carrie Underwood scored a pair of awards--including 2009 Entertainer of the Year.

21 /81: Tale be 'Told', Underwood golden again

21/81 :Tale be 'Told', Underwood golden again

Carrie Underwood golden after a fifth Grammy for Told You duet with Randy Travis.

22 /81: Underwood 2008 Grammy 'Best Female'

22/81 :Underwood 2008 Grammy 'Best Female'

In 2008, He Cheats earned Carrie Underwood a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal.

23 /81: Idol' win just a start for small town Underwood

23/81 :Idol' win just a start for small town Underwood

A flurry of accolades have followed Underwood since he 2005 American Idol title.

24 /81: Season Five singer Chris Daughtry poses for the camera

24/81 :Season Five singer Chris Daughtry poses for the camera

Season Five singer Chris Daughtry poses for the camera during a promotional event.

25 /81: Whuh? Daughtry eliminated from American Idol

25/81 :Whuh? Daughtry eliminated from American Idol

Fourth place Chris Daughtry was outlasted by a flabbergasted Katharine McPhee.

26 /81: Show alum Daughtry visits former grounds

26/81 :Show alum Daughtry visits former grounds

Chris Daughtry performs during an American Idol guest appearance.

27 /81: Daughtry wins at 2007 AMAs

27/81 :Daughtry wins at 2007 AMAs

Eponymous band Daughtry savors win at the 2007 American Music Awards.

28 /81: Twice as nice for Daughtry at AMAs

28/81 :Twice as nice for Daughtry at AMAs

Daughtry and company returned a year later more animated for second AMA trophy.

29 /81: Looks aren't everything for unlikely star Aiken

29/81 :Looks aren't everything for unlikely star Aiken

North Carolina native Clay Aiken sounded great in auditions but didn't look like an Idol.

30 /81: Aiken a polished product

30/81 :Aiken a polished product

Aiken is stylin' with a new doo and upscale threads after worldwide touring.

31 /81: Aiken, Studdard vie for Season Two title

31/81 :Aiken, Studdard vie for Season Two title

Good-natured competitors Clay Aiken, right and Ruben Studdard vie for Idol title.

32 /81: Grin part of daily uniform for Carolina Clay

32/81 :Grin part of daily uniform for Carolina Clay

A grin is part of the daily uniform for small town North Carolina native Clay Aiken.

33 /81: It's Spam for former show contestant Aiken

33/81 :It's Spam for former show contestant Aiken

Season Two runner-up Clay Aiken is part of the theatrical Sir Spamalot.

34 /81: Cook gets Royals treatment during trip to Arrowhead

34/81 :Cook gets Royals treatment during trip to Arrowhead

A baseball fanatic since youth, David Cook gets the KC Royals treatment.

35 /81: Kansas City native David Cook's audition mugshot

35/81 :Kansas City native David Cook's audition mugshot

Kansas City native David Cook's audition won over judges despite a bad hair day.

36 /81: Emotions set in for Cook after title announcement

36/81 :Emotions set in for Cook after title announcement

David Cook is overcome by emotion after announced as Season Seven champion.

37 /81: AC' an added spark for hopeful contestant Cook

37/81 :AC' an added spark for hopeful contestant Cook

Initials "AC" remind David Cook of his older brother. Adam Cook died of cancer in 2009.

38 /81: Cook wins Season Seven of American Idol

38/81 :Cook wins Season Seven of American Idol

David Cook is joined by show finalists to celebrate winning Season Seven of Idol.

39 /81: Finalists Barrino, DeGarmo held in suspense

39/81 :Finalists Barrino, DeGarmo held in suspense

Finalists Fantasia Barrino and Diana DeGarmo are held in suspense by host Ryan Seacrest.

40 /81: All that glitters?is Fantasia

40/81 :All that glitters?is Fantasia

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

41 /81: Barrino on 'the carpet'

41/81 :Barrino on 'the carpet'

A trimmed-down Fantasia Barrino strolls elegantly during a Hollywood red carpet event.

42 /81: A dream realized: Barrino wins Season Three

42/81 :A dream realized: Barrino wins Season Three

Championship confetti was a dream realized for Season Three winner Fantasia Barrino.

43 /81: A big start for Hudson

43/81 :A big start for Hudson

If hair count, Jennifer Hudson had a big start to Season Three auditions.

44 /81: Hudson becomes a Dreamgirl

44/81 :Hudson becomes a Dreamgirl

Playing the role of Effie White, Hudson won 30 awards in the movie Dreamgirls.

45 /81: From from to 'Yo' for glam-look Hudson

45/81 :From from to 'Yo' for glam-look Hudson

It has been a glam upgrade from fro to 'Yo!' for Jennifer Hudson.

46 /81: Grammy for Hudson

46/81 :Grammy for Hudson

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

47 /81: Hardware a habit for Hudson

47/81 :Hardware a habit for Hudson

Dreamgirl Jennifer Hudson had a firm grip on the Oscar Award in 2007.

48 /81: Much-needed audition Sparks in Seattle

48/81 :Much-needed audition Sparks in Seattle

Jordin Sparks was a bright spot in a mostly abysmal Season Six audition field.

49 /81: Got Guns?

49/81 :Got Guns?

A bicep from milk spokesperson Jordin Sparks shows off a different set of pipes.

50 /81: Milk does an American Idol good

50/81 :Milk does an American Idol good

A fit Jordin Sparks is proof that exercise, lean foods and milk make a trim, healthy body.

51 /81: If you're happy and you know it?

51/81 :If you're happy and you know it?

Winning a Ford Mustang, recording contract and a $1 million bring a smile to Sparks.

52 /81: Her Moment is Now: Sparks reacts to winning Idol

52/81 :Her Moment is Now: Sparks reacts to winning Idol

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

53 /81: McPhee dressed down for tryout

53/81 :McPhee dressed down for tryout

Katharine McPhee's audition gear is more for comfort than style.

54 /81: Blonde ambition: McPhee hopes to recreate her image

54/81 :Blonde ambition: McPhee hopes to recreate her image

McPhee hopes a new blonde will render new results for her singing, acting careers.

55 /81: A locks job? McPhee tries acting

55/81 :A locks job? McPhee tries acting

The singer from southern California has bit parts in CSI: NY and Community

56 /81: Just kickin' it: Former runner-up guest performs on Idol

56/81 :Just kickin' it: Former runner-up guest performs on Idol

A spirited Katharine McPhee was a guest performer on Idol.

57 /81: And a starlet was born

57/81 :And a starlet was born

Katharine McPhee looked like a starlet in this early 2006 show photoshoot.

58 /81: Clarkson auditions for first American Idol

58/81 :Clarkson auditions for first American Idol

Kelly Clarkson looked like this during auditions for Season One.

59 /81: Fort Wort fashion faux pas

59/81 :Fort Wort fashion faux pas

The haircut, coloration and compressed clothes equal fashion felonies for Kelly Clarkson.

60 /81: Back in the Idol saddle for Clarkson

60/81 :Back in the Idol saddle for Clarkson

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

61 /81: Idol champion undergoes image redux

61/81 :Idol champion undergoes image redux

Idol champion Kelly Clarkson's image redux offers less clothes and hips.

62 /81: Clarkson wins at the 2009 Women's World Awards

62/81 :Clarkson wins at the 2009 Women's World Awards

Kelly Clarkson holding a tropyh at the 2009 Women's World Awards.

63 /81: Conway, Arkansas native Kris Allen at Season Eight auditions

63/81 :Conway, Arkansas native Kris Allen at Season Eight auditions

Conway, Arkansas native Kris Allen at Season Eight auditions

64 /81: Show 'Glam Squad' members make Allen dapper

64/81 :Show 'Glam Squad' members make Allen dapper

Show 'Glam Squad' members help Kris Allen shed the plaid gear and become dapper.

65 /81: Allen performs wth guitar during Season Eight.

65/81 :Allen performs wth guitar during Season Eight.

Allen often performed with a guitar during Season Eight competiton.

66 /81: Allen led a pressurized final round with Ain't No Sunshine.

66/81 :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.

67 /81: Kris Allen reacts in disbelief?

67/81 :Kris Allen reacts in disbelief?

Kris Allen reacts in disbelief after winning American Idol over favored Adam Lambert.

68 /81: Ruben Studdard wearing "205" gear

68/81 :Ruben Studdard wearing "205" gear

Ruben Studdard wearing "205" gear to represent his home state, Alabama.

69 /81: Studdard recently in musical Ain't Misbehavin'

69/81 :Studdard recently in musical Ain't Misbehavin'

Studdard recently starred in Ain't Misbehavin' to supplement stuggling CD sales.

70 /81: The large soul singer Studdard initially liked the casual look.

70/81 :The large soul singer Studdard initially liked the casual look.

The large soul singer Studdard initially liked the casual look.

71 /81: A new man: Studdard's upgrades

71/81 :A new man: Studdard's upgrades

Studdard upgraded his grooming and attire to a more GQ style.

72 /81: Studdard ties the knot

72/81 :Studdard ties the knot

Season Two champ Ruben Studdard married Surata Zuri McCants in June 2008.

73 /81: Vacancy filled: Tamyra Gray joins theatre cast

73/81 :Vacancy filled: Tamyra Gray joins theatre cast

Tamyra Gray joins theatre cast of Rent in Miami, Florida.

74 /81: Workin' for Rent money

74/81 :Workin' for Rent money

Gray gives an energetic effort during a stage performance.

75 /81: All smiles for Gray

75/81 :All smiles for Gray

By the season's end, viewers saw a more stylish, refined Gray.

76 /81: "Idol" alum Gray sings

76/81 :"Idol" alum Gray sings

Anaugural season alum Tamrya Gray revisits the Idol stage.

77 /81: Hicks delivers in finals

77/81 :Hicks delivers in finals

Taylor Hicks brings it during a Season Five finals routine.

78 /81: Back at it: Hicks works on second CD

78/81 :Back at it: Hicks works on second CD

Back in the studio, Hicks worked hard for an improved second CD.

79 /81: Energetic Hicks a pick-me-up

79/81 :Energetic Hicks a pick-me-up

As a Birmingham, Alabama native, Taylor Hicks is no stranger to riding in a pickup.

80 /81: Soul-ful sweep for Hicks

80/81 :Soul-ful sweep for Hicks

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

81 /81: Hicks wins Season Five

81/81 :Hicks wins Season Five

Taylor Hicks bested competitor Katharine McPhee for the Season Five crown.