10 Most successful American Idol alumni

American Idol is heading into its twilight years. Between Simon Cowell moving on to bigger and better things and with the show beginning to drop from its place as the ratings king the show is beginning to look a little tired. I know that I am not the biggest fan of the show but my wife on the other hand loves it and has watched every season faithfully – except for this one. Even she feels that there is something different about this season .. almost like it has become boring.

We often talk about past seasons and who we think were some of the stand outs or who we think became more famous even though they might not have been a winner. So it was interesting to see that Billboard Magazine has compiled a list of the 24 most successful artists who got their start because of American Idol.

Here’s the Top 10 of those in Billboard Magazine’s list:

10. Ruben Studdard

9. Fantasia

8. David Archuleta

7. Kellie Pickler

6. Clay Aiken

5. David Cook

4. Jordin Sparks

3. Chris Daughtry

2. Carrie Underwood

1. Kelly Clarkson