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Her single "My Life Would Suck Without You," from her fourth album, "All I Ever Wanted," shot from No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list in its first week of release, breaking the record for the largest jump to the top.
FANTASIA BARRINO, Season 3On the show: A favorite from the start, Fantasia won even more fans after singing the "Porgy and Bess" song "Summertime." The emotional performance earned a spot on the Emmy Awards' list of greatest TV moments in 2004.
In the show's very first finale, she took on curly-haired cutie Justin Guarini.
While Las Vegas bookmakers made Guarini a 5-to-6 favorite, the "Idol" judges pulled for Clarkson. She scored 58 percent of votes from the American public over Guarini's 42 percent.
Judge Randy Jackson said after her Seattle audition: "You are a natural. Her soaring vocals also got her an American Music Award in 2008 for Favorite Artist, Adult Contemporary.
Sparks' second album, "Battlefield," hit shelves last July and debuted at No. She performed a self-written ballad called "Faith" at the Inaugural Ball for Barack Obama last January.
As the singing competition's ninth season kicks off tomorrow, here's how these "Idol" alumni stack up.