American Idol is infamous for churning out viral celebs (see William Hung) and its fair share of rock stars (see Chris Daughtry). But in the fold, a bevy of beautiful belters has graced the music industry as a result of the reality singing competition. With the new season of AI shooting ratings through the roof (but nowhere near past seasons), we decided to reflect on the series’ most notable female talents. — Terry Carter
Where Are They Now? ‘American Idol’ Girls
Then: She won over America with her bubbly personality and powerful voice. After winning Idol, she created hits like “No Air” with Chris Brown, “Tattoo” and “Battlefield.”
Now: Last year, Sparks shed 50 pounds and starred in the musical film Sparkle with the late Whitney Houston. She is also currently dating R&B singer Jason Derulo.