Ever since its debut in 2002, America's biggest singing competition, American Idol, has been introducing talented artists to the world. And guys, we’re not just talking about the winners. From chart-topping sensations like Adam Lambert (who came in second place) to award-winning multihyphenates like Jennifer Hudson (who came in seventh place), quite a few finalists have also taken the music industry by storm. But here’s what we want to know: Who are the most successful American Idol contestants? And what are they up to now?
As you’d expect, some of these vocalists have ventured into writing and acting while others went on to become successful entrepreneurs. Curious to know who they are? Keep reading for details on 20 of American Idol’s most successful contestants.