American Idol Season 13 has arrived! The reality competition show made its grand return to Fox back on Wednesday, January 15, with a new, exciting judge on the panel: the charming and uber-talented Harry Connick, Jr.
We've already seeen chemistry between Harry, Jennifer Lopez, and Keith Urban is a lot more electric than it was between last year's Idol judges (though it didn't take much to top Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj's on- and off-screen squabbles). Though the show is still a TV juggernaut, Idol's last season ended on a serious flat note, so we've been happy to see the caliber of the contestants upped. Now if only the ratings would follow suite!
What better way to prepare for the next winner than to reminisce about all of Idol's past champions? Here’s a complete list of all the Idol winners so far — click on their names for our latest news & updates on them!
Season 13 winner: The season will be in mid-May. Get details on that!
Season 12 winner: Candice Glover
Candice is the first female American Idol winner in six (long) seasons — since 17-year-old Jordin Sparks took the crown in 2007! Three times was the charm for the R&B songstress, who auditioned three times before finally making it onto show and then beating out country singer Kree Harrison in the season finale. Post-show, Candice landed on the Billboard 100 with her single "I Am Beautiful"her debut album, "Music Speaks".
Season 11 winner: Phillip Phillips
The handsome Georgia boy was this season's heartthrob and the only contestant to have never hit the Bottom 3 or 2! So far, he's also escaped the dreaded post-American Idol fade-into-obscurity career trend. He's appeared on the Billboard charts twice and his debut album, The World From This Side of the Moon, just went platinum. Phillip is an opening act on John Mayer's "Born and Raised" world tour, and yes, Phillip has a girlfriend. Sorry, ladies!
Season 10 winner: Scotty McCreery
Scotty, also known as "Baby, Lock Them Doors" (a line from his audition song, "Your Man"), was 19-years-old when he beat fellow country singer Lauren Alaina Suddeth. Post-Idol, Scotty is doing pretty well for himself! He has one gold and one platinum album under his belt, and he released his third album, "See You Tonight" in October 2013.
Other past American Idol winners
Season 9 winner: Lee DeWyze
Season 8 winner: Kris Allen
Season 7 winner: David Cook
Season 6 winner: Jordin Sparks
Season 5 winner: Taylor Hicks
Season 4 winner: Carrie Underwood
Season 3 winner: Fantasia Barrino
Season 2 winner: Ruben Studdard
Season 1 winner: Kelly Clarkson
We've got a soft spot for first-time mom-to-be Kelly Clarkson and the ever sexy Phillip, but which of these American Idol winners is your fave? Let us know in the comments below!