American Idol Season 13 is nearly upon us! The reality competition show makes its grand return to Fox on Wednesday, January 15, with a new, exciting judge on the panel: the charming and uber-talented Harry Connick, Jr.
Let's hope the chemistry between Harry, Jennifer Lopez, and Keith Urban will be a lot more electric than it was between last year's Idol judges — and it shouldn'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 got a fingers crossed for a much more exciting competition ahead!
What better way to prepare for the next batch of contestants than to reminisce about all Idol's past winners? Here’s a complete list of all the Idol champs so far — click on their names for our latest news & updates on them!
Season 13 winner: The season will likely finale around May 2014, so we'll know then! Meanwhile, we know the pool that Harry and Co. will have to choose from. Here is a hot American Idol spoiler: the (possible) top 31 contestant list!
Season 12 winner: Candice Glover
As you can see, 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 is a 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," and has since been working on her debut album, "Music Speaks", which will be released in February 2014.
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 Phillips, but which of these American Idol winners is your fave? Let us know in the comments below!