See how American Idol stars and judges have changed (or not changed at all!) since their early days on the show.
Season 1 "Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson long ago ditched the plain-Jane look she sported in 2002. She's still the sweet Texas songstress America fell in love with, but now she's all grown up. She and husband Brandon Blackstock welcomed daughter River Rose in 2014 and are expecting baby number two this spring. The three-time Grammy winner recently made America cry performing the title track of her seventh studio album, "Piece By Piece," on Idol. Piece By Piece was her third album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Jennifer Hudson only finished seventh in season 3 of American Idol, but she sure looks victorious these days. The Grammy and Oscar winner keeps proving that women of all shapes and sizes can be sexy and fashion-forward. Hudson has released three studio albums, and is currently starring as Shug Avery in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple. She recently appeared in the Spike Lee musical film, Chi-Raq, and will appear in the HBO film Confirmation on April 16.
Adam Lambert has gone through several transformations musically and stylistically since his time on Idol. The season 8 runner-up has since released three studio albums, including 2015's The Original High. Lambert is currently on tour supporting that album, and this summer will return to front Queen for some shows overseas in Europe. The 34-year old singer is also set to appear in Fox's The Rocky Horror Picture Show as Eddie.
Once a fresh-faced Southern belle, season 4 winner Carrie Underwood is now a powerful -- and ultra-stylish -- country superstar and proud mom to her 1-year-old son Isaiah with husband Mike Fisher, a hockey player for the Nashville Predators. Underwood is currently on tour supporting her fifth studio album, Storytellers. She also dipped her toe into acting, starring as Maria von Trapp in NBC's live telecast of The Sound of Music. She is a seven-time Grammy winner, with 12 Academy of Country Music Awards to boot.
When she won American Idol back in season 6, Jordin Sparks was a spunky 17-year-old with vocal chops beyond her years. The youngest Idol winner in history went on to release several hit singles, including "No Air," a duet with Chris Brown that hit No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. She later starred alongside the late Whitney Houston in a remake of the '70s film Sparkle in 2012. In 2015, she released the album Right Here, Right Now.
At 16, David Archuleta became one of the youngest contestants to ever compete on Idol, and he definitely looked the part. His season 7 audition outfit was the epitome of a high-school boy, but now the fan favorite dresses like a pop singer who's seen international success. He has since released six albums, including 2013's No Matter How Far. The now-25-year-old returned from a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 2014, and is scheduled for shows in Utah, Idaho and Arizona in June 2016.
Season 5 runner-up Katharine McPhee is now a respected actress, thanks to roles NBC's Smash and the CBS show Scorpion. McPhee recently released her fourth studio album, Hysteria, in 2015 and made a triumphant return to the Idol stage in 2016 to reprise her iconic performance of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."
Since winning the third season of Idol in 2004, Fantasia Barrino has gone on to sell over 3 million records. In 2011, she won a Grammy for best female R&B vocal performance on "Bittersweet." She has starred as Celie in the Broadway production of The Color Purple and was the special guest star in the show After Midnight, which wrapped in 2014. In 2015, she married Kendall Taylor.
The season 7 winner's 2008 post-Idol debut was certified platinum, and he released his fourth album, Digital Vein, in 2015. He married his longtime girlfriend, Rachael Stump, in 2015.
Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery's debut effort, Clear As Day, was released in October 2011. Since then, he has sold more than 2.5 million records and on May 3, the country singer will release his first book, Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream. He has parted ways with his label, Mercury Nashville, and is working on releasing a new album later this year.
Idol season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina released her debut, Wildflower in October 2011, which hit the No. 5 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. Since then, she has recorded a song, "History," for ESPN college football coverage and released the single "Next Boyfriend" in September 2015. The country singer has also finished recording for her upcoming sophomore album.
Back in 2003, Clay Aiken was a skinny, geeky kid who stunned Idol fans with his booming voice. Thirteen years later, he's all grown up, having tried his hand in politics, running for a congressional seat in his hometown of North Carolina. His political adventures were chronicled in the Esquire series The Runner Up in 2015. Aiken has also released six albums, launched a charity, written a book, launched a Broadway career as Sir Robin in Spamalot and competed and came in second on Celebrity Apprentice.
Kris Allen may not be in Arkansas anymore, but the season 8 Idol champ still has the small-town charm that made him a winner in 2009. Since scoring a hit song with "Live Like You're Dying," and releasing four albums, including 2016's Letting You In, Allen and his wife, Katy, are expecting their second child in June.
Country starlet Kellie Pickler has been busy since her sixth place Idol finish in 2006. The country star has released four albums, was declared the winner of Dancing With the Stars in 2013, and stars in her own CMT reality show, I Love Kellie Pickler, with songwriter husband Kyle Jacobs.
Season 5 finalist Chris Daughtry looks about the same as he did in 2006, but he has since evolved professionally, recently starring as Judas in Fox's The Passion. His band is celebrating 10 years in the business with the release of his greatest hits album, It's Not Over...The Hits So Far.
When Taylor Hicks first set foot in the audition room, he looked more like someone's chaperone than an actual contestant. The season 5 winner has since kept his salt-and-pepper hair color intact but he's gotten a trim and updated his style. His most recent album, The Distance, debuted in 2009 and he has since opened a restaurant, ORE, in Alabama. He also had his own long-term residency in Las Vegas and is a Grammy winner for participating in a cover of Rebecca Black's "Friday" on Jimmy Fallon's comedy album, Blow Your Pants Off, in 2013. That same year, he pulled in $2.5 million, making him number 7 on the Forbes list of best-earning Idol alumni. He is currently putting the final touches on a new album and is preparing a tour later in 2016.
Season 3 finalist Diana DeGarmo looked like an aspiring pop star from the start, sporting glittery tops and hip-hugging jeans. But after Idol, the singer matured, and so did her career. DeGarmo has starred on Broadway in Hairspray and also joined the cast of CBS's The Young and the Restless. DeGarmo is married to season 5 alum Ace Young, who proposed -- where else? -- on the American Idol stage. In 2016, DeGarmo will appear in the film The Morning Sun.
Season 4's Constantine Maroulis was known for his rocker attitude and long, tousled locks. Post-Idol he became a Broadway star in the musicals Rock of Ages, Jekyll and Hyde, and The Wedding Singer. Now the shorter-haired singer's 2016 single "Here I Come" is available now on iTunes.
It's been nine years since Ruben Studdard won season 2 of Idol. Since then he has released six albums and appeared on season 15 of The Biggest Loser. His latest single, "Can't Nobody Love You," was released April 5, 2016 on iTunes.
Long before she was the heartfelt judge bringing the perspective of a veteran in the music biz to the Idol panel, Jennifer Lopez was a huge star (actress, singer, dancer, fashion designer -- the list goes on). These days, the Idol judge with the multi-hyphenate resume can be seen on NBC's Shades of Blue or performing live at her residency in Las Vegas.
In the '90s, Ryan Seacrest looked like an extra from Saved By The Bell instead of the classy suited-up star he is today. Keeping up with the Idol host is almost as exhausting as Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the E! show which he produces. Besides building his producing empire, Seacrest continues to host E! News and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest and can be heard on his popular radio show On Air with Ryan Seacrest.
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler's been rocking the scarves-and-spandex look since long before Ryan Seacrest was even born. Why mess with a good thing? The former Idol judge now has designs on a country music career, performing the single "Love is Your Name" on the 2015 Idol season finale and appearing on the ABC show Nashville as himself.
Despite his fluctuating weight, Randy Jackson hasn't changed much since his early days on TV's biggest show. The "dawg" has since moved on to focus on his artist management business and branding licensing firm.
After departing American Idol after season 9, Cowell helmed the U.S. version of his own show, The X Factor. Although the American installation didn't last more than three seasons, the group Cowell put together from the show, Fifth Harmony, is a pop success story. And then, of course, there's One Direction, who formed from the U.K. version of The X Factor. This summer, Cowell -- now a proud father to his 2-year-old son Eric -- will bring his brand of snark to the judge's chair on America's Got Talent.
Since leaving American Idol after season 8, we straight up missed seeing Paula Abdul on our TV. She tried her hand with her own show, Live to Dance, and had a blast as a guest judge on both Dancing With the Stars and RuPaul's Drag Race. But with her gig as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance alongside Nigel Lythgoe, Abdul is in her element.