American Idol past winners

by SheKnows
May 24, 2011 at 11:57 a.m. ET
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Scotty McCreery beat out Lauren Alaina to win Season 10 of American Idol.

1 /11: American Idol Season 1 Winner - Kelly Clarkson

1/11 :American Idol Season 1 Winner - Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson defeated Justin Guarini in the final showdown to win the first American Idol title.

2 /11: American Idol Season 2 Winner - Ruben Studdard

2/11 :American Idol Season 2 Winner - Ruben Studdard

Ruben Studdard beat out Clay Aiken by a small margin to be crowned the winner in Season 2 of American Idol.

3 /11: American Idol Season 3 Winner - Fantasia Barrino

3/11 :American Idol Season 3 Winner - Fantasia Barrino

American Idol Season 3 winner, Fantasia became a successful recording artist, and so did Jennifer Hudson, who was eliminated early on.

4 /11: American Idol Season 4 Winner - Carrie Underwood

4/11 : American Idol Season 4 Winner - Carrie Underwood

Season 4 winner, Carrie Underwood has since become the most successful Idol contestant in the U.S. in terms of album sales -- selling more than 12 million units.

5 /11: American Idol Season 5 Winner - Taylor Hicks

5/11 :American Idol Season 5 Winner - Taylor Hicks

Taylor Hicks was named American Idol in Season 5 with Katharine McPhee as the runner-up.

6 /11: American Idol Season 6 Winner - Jordin Sparks

6/11 :American Idol Season 6 Winner - Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks was crowned the Season 6 winner in 2007 over runner-up Blake Lewis.

7 /11: American Idol Season 7 Winner - David Cook

7/11 :American Idol Season 7 Winner - David Cook

David Cook beat out runner-up David Archuleta to become Season 7's American Idol.

8 /11: American Idol Season 8 Winner - Kris Allen

8/11 :American Idol Season 8 Winner - Kris Allen

In Season 8, it was Kris Allen who defeated Adam Lambert in the finale.

9 /11: American Idol Season 9 Winner - Lee DeWyze

9/11 :American Idol Season 9 Winner - Lee DeWyze

Lee DeWyze was voted as Season 9's American Idol over Crystal Bowersox.

10 /11: American Idol Season 10 Winner - Lauren or Scotty?

10/11 :American Idol Season 10 Winner - Lauren or Scotty?

Either 16-year-old Lauren Alaina or country crooner Scotty McCreery be declared Season 10's American Idol.

11 /11: American Idol Season 11 Winner - Phillip Phillips

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11/11 :American Idol Season 11 Winner - Phillip Phillips

Phillip Phillips took home the prize of American Idol of Season 11 after he beat out Jessica Sanchez