American Idol is gearing up for its fifteenth and final season within the next month. Throughout its various seasons, the singing competition show has spawned some amazing and best selling music acts, with many of the artists that became the Idol champs are still releasing new music today. We all know that not everyone can be a winner; so some of the losers have found a way to make a name for themselves as well. Ironically, many of the Idol losers have had more fame than some of its famous winners. Let’s take a look at some famous American Idol losers.

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson lost in the semi-finals in season 3. She has since had a successful music and acting career. Hudson even nabbed an Academy and Golden Globe Award for her role as Effie in ‘Dreamgirls’.


Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken lost to Ruben Studdard in season 2. Since then he’s had a successful music career, dabbled into acting and even ran for Congress in North Carolina.

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