Credit: Vince Bucci/FOX Photo: Winner Lee DeWyze Performs at the Season 9 American Idol Grand Finale 2010
Lee DeWyze takes us to Mount Prospect, Illinois, where he worked at a paint shop before becoming Season 9's American Idol.
Season 7 winner David Cook takes us to Blue Springs, Missouri, where he got his start performing in small bars.
Credit: Frank Micelotta/FOX Photo: Jordin Sparks Performs "This Is My Now" After Winning American Idol Season 6
Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks is grateful to American Idol for helping her rise to Broadway stardom.
Credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images Photo: Taylor Hicks Rocks the Roxy
Not one but two American Idol winners hail from Birmingham, Alabama. Southern boy Taylor Hicks went all the way on American Idol Season 5. There must be something in the water...
Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images Photo: Carrie Underwood Gets Down at the 2010 CMT Awards
Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood dishes about her hometown of Checotah, Oklahoma, which has supported her since her beginnings on American Idol. Even today, she can't walk down the street without seeing pictures of herself. How's that for an ego trip?
Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images Photo: Fantasia Barrino Celebrates Her Album Release
Season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino discusses what becoming an American Idol means to her and the folks back home in High Point, North Carolina.
Credit: Gary Tramontina/Getty Images Photo: Ruben Studdard Greets Fans in Birmingham, Alabama
Season 2 Winner Ruben Studdard united Birmingham, Alabama, while on Idol. Did someone say "Ruben for Governor"?
Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Photo: Kelly Clarkson Is a Diva
Season 1 Winner Kelly Clarkson shares how her hometown of Burleson, Texas, rallied around her during Idol. She'll always be "Burelson's Star." Aww…
Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images Photo: Kris Allen Performs at Z100's Jingle Ball
Season 8 winner Kris Allen shares that Jacksonville, Arkansas, will always be his home. In that case, his key to the city will come in handy!
Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images; Jason Merritt/Getty Images Photo: Which American Idol Winner Hung Out With One Direction?
American Idol's "Welcome Home" video series gives us a peek at the humble beginnings of past Idol winners before they were laying down tracks on multi-platinum records. Let the champs you know and love show you around their hometowns.