American Idol ~ June 11, 2002 – April 7, 2016
We certainly lost a lot of talented people in 2016, such as Prince, George Michael and mother-daughter, Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher.
Not only did we lose a multitude of accomplished artists, 2016 also took away potential talent with its cancellation of American Idol.
For 15 seasons this popular singing competition brought about many extremely artistic performers. Even some contestants who did not win found fame just for their appearance on this show, such as Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daugtry, and Adam Lambert.
American Idol was hosted by Ryan Seacrest (first season he co-hosted with Brian Dunkleman). The original judges of the show were Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. Over the years other performers sat in as judges for a while including Ellen DeGeneres, Mariah Carey, and Nicki Minaj. The last seasons found Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. judging the competition.
This was one of my favorite shows and I looked forward to every season. I was sad to see it come to an end and I am certainly going to miss it!
Season 1 Winner ~ Kelly Clarkson (2002) – Because Of You
Season 2 Winner ~ Ruben Studdard (2003) – I Need An Angel
Season 3 Winner ~ Fantasia Barrino (2004) Free Yourself
Season 4 Winner ~ Carrie Underwood (2005) Before He Cheats
Season 5 Winner ~ Taylor Hicks (2006) Do I Make You Proud
Season 6 Winner ~ Jordin Sparks (2007) Tattoo
Season 7 Winner ~ David Cook (2008) Light On
Season 8 Winner ~ Kris Allen (2009) Live Like We’re Dying
Season 9 Winner ~ Lee Dewqze (2010) Sweet Serendipity
Season 10 Winner ~ Scotty McCreery (2011) – See You Tonight
Season 11 Winner ~ Phillip Phillips (2012) Gone, Gone, Gone
Season 12 Winner ~ Candace Glover (2013) Cried
Season 13 Winner ~ Caleb Johnson (2014) Fighting Gravity
Season 14 Winner ~ Nick Fradiani (2015) Beautiful Life
Season 15 Winner ~ Trent Harmon (2016) There’s A Girl
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