After the song's final note, Scotty sank to the floor, awash in confetti. (Best jab at Scotty and Lauren's youth came from Naima Adedapo -- "They both still have Similac on their breath! ' American Idol' sets voting records going into Wednesday finale ' American Idol' recap: Scotty Mc Creery and Lauren Alaina face off in finale Scotty Mc Creery versus Lauren Alaina: Who will win?I briefly worried that he was collapsing, Casey Abrams-style. Mouth open to catch the confetti as if it were snow. " -– just barely edging out Casey's gripe that the final two are just learning cursive.)So after a night of "Idol" superstar matchups -- James and Judas Priest; Jacob Lusk with Kirk Franklin and Gladys Knight; Haley Reinhart and Tony Bennett; Casey Abrams and Jack Black (and several "fat-bottomed girls"); Scotty and Tim Mc Graw; Lauren and Carrie Underwood; judge Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony -- and star turns by everyone from Beyonce (twice) to Bono to Lady Gaga to TLC to Tom Jones to judge Steven Tyler, a new superstar was minted. (The last female "Idol" winner was Jordin Sparks in 2007.) But it's hard to begrudge a sweet boy like Scotty a win. She appeared on a 2009 episode of ABC's "Extreme Home Makeover." And in 2013, Pickler won ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" with partner Derek Hough. of albums: 3 Grammy awards: 1 nomination, 1 win Other projects: Hicks guest-starred as the judge of a singing competition, alongside fellow "Idol" alum Clay Aiken, on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." The first "Idol" winner to score a long-term Las Vegas residency, Hicks currently performs at the Paris Las Vegas. of albums: 5 Grammy awards: N/A Other projects: Allen has cowritten several songs for other artists, including "Before We Come Undone" for South African "Idol" winner Lloyd Cele, "Still Got Tonight" for "Glee's" Matthew Morrison, and "Raise Your Hand" for "The Voice" winner Javier Colon. of albums: 7 Grammy awards: 1 nomination Other projects: He competed on the 15th season of "The Biggest Loser." He has also branched out into acting with several guest roles on TV shows, including "8 Simple Rules," "Life on a Stick," "All of Us," and "Eve." And he founded an organization to advance arts in education. of albums: 4 Grammy awards: N/A Other projects: In 2009, Cook signed an endorsement deal with Skechers shoes.The proceeds for Cook's song "Permanent" went to researching brain cancer, which his brother died from in 2009. of albums: 6 Grammy awards: N/A Other projects: Archuleta made cameos as himself on Nickelodeon's "Hannah Montana" and "i Carly" in 2009.
of albums: N/A Grammy awards: N/A Other projects: Toscano has released three singles and has collaborated on songs with several artists, including co-writing a song for Aubrey O'Day. of albums: 1 Grammy awards: N/A Other projects: Glover was featured on Chadd Black's 2015 single "Love No Fear." Her next album is due out this year.
It's going to be a tight race, and I have to say I can see several singers from this group ending up with the Idol title.
In interviews following their elimination from the show, "American Idol" contestants often claim that his or her road to stardom has not ended, and that good things are to come on the horizon.
This was proved over and over again with not just its winners, but many of the contestants who found fame even without the guaranteed recording contract. "The Voice" is in its 10th season and has still yet to create a music superstar.
In celebration of "Idol's" legacy, here's a look at the competition's most successful winners and alums: Estimated net worth: ,000 No.
In Summer 2014, she performed as a backup singer for Jennifer Lopez. of albums: N/A Grammy awards: N/A Other projects: Fradiani's single "Beautiful Life" was the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup's official anthem. She is also starring in the gospel musical "The Love Shack," which opened in LA in February. of albums: 3 Grammy awards: N/A Other projects: Mc Creery attends North Carolina State University, majoring in communications.