‘American Idol’ Flashback — Before They Became Famous

January 24, 2013 12:50 am
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A new season of “American Idol” means more talent, more singing and more unpredictable auditions!

Ryan Seacrest Reveals Secrets of the ‘American Idol’ Season 12 Judges

Over the past 11 seasons, we’ve learned you can never judge a singer’s potential simply by their outfit and hairstyle during auditions. As tryouts continue next week for season 12, we look back at 15 memorable contestants’ first audition to where they are today.

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We wonder what this year’s winner will be like when we are introduced to them for the first time.

Kelly Clarkson, Season 1, Winner

Kelly Clarkson

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Clay Aiken, Season 2, Runner Up

Clay Aiken

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Fantasia Barrino, Season 3, Winner

Fantasia Barrino

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Jennifer Hudson, Season 3, Top 7

Jennifer Hudson

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Carrie Underwood, Season 4, Winner

Carrie Underwood

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Chris Daughtry, Season 5, Top 4

Chris Daughtry before and after "American Idol."

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Katherine McPhee, Season 5, Runner Up

Katherine McPhee

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Jordin Sparks, Season 6, Winner

Jordin Sparks

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David Cook, Season 7, Winner

David Cook

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David Archuleta, Season 7, Runner Up

David Archuleta

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Kris Allen, Season 8, Winner 

Kris Allen

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Adam Lambert, Season 8, Runner Up

Adam Lambert

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Lee DeWyze, Season 9, Winner

Lee Dewyze

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Scotty McCreery, Season 10, Winner

Scotty McCreery

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Phillip Phillips, Season 11, Winner

Phillip Phillips

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