'American Idol': Who's the best 'Idol' winner ever?
And is anyone still a member of the Soul Patrol?
We'd like you to answer all those questions by simply answering one: Which of the eight past "American Idol" winners is the best?
Kelly Clarkson (season 1) and Carrie Underwood (season 4) have had the most successful careers since their time on the show; both had spots on Billboard's artists of the decade chart. Each of the first seven winners has had at least one album certified platinum (a million copies sold), while season 8 winner Allen's debut has moved more than 200,000 copies since its release in November.
But those are just numbers. We want to know your opinion. So vote in the poll below and defend your choices in the comments: Which Idol rules them all? (And don't worry if you think someone who didn't win is better than all these people -- we'll have a non-winners poll later this week.)
Season 9 of "American Idol" premieres next week -- Tuesday, Jan. 12 on FOX.
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