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Since its debut in 2002, ‘American Idol’ has become one of the most important vehicles for discovering new musical artists across all genres. First season winner Kelly Clarkson has flirted with country music, but season 4 winner Carrie Underwood is by far the biggest country star the show has launched, scoring 14 No. 1 hits and winning CMA, ACM and even Grammy awards for her work. Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery is also a fast-rising country star now, but in addition to the winners, a number of runners-up have gone on to successful country careers, including Bucky Covington, Kellie Pickler, Casey James and Lauren Alaina. Keith Urban joined the show as a judge in season 12, further cementing its connection to country music.

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Is ‘American Idol’ Making Its Comeback?

American Idol helped launch the career of country superstar Carrie Underwood just over a decade ago, and despite its big season finale earlier this year, the series may not be completely over.

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Trent Harmon, La’ Porsha Renae Sign to Big Machine

The final season of American Idol came to a close in a very special episode on Thursday night (April 7), and both of the finalists walked away as winners. In addition to Season 15 champion Trent Harmon, runner-up La' Porsha Reanae has also signed to Big Machine Label Group.

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Carrie Underwood Closes ‘American Idol’ Finale With ‘Something in the Water’

Carrie Underwood took the American Idol stage for the last time, and brought the show's performances to a close on Thursday night (April 7). The Season 4 winner stood on a pedestal to sing "Something In the Water" from her greatest hits album.

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Trent Harmon Wins ‘American Idol’

Trent Harmon, the American Idol underdog, won Season 15 of the reality show on Thursday night (April 7).

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Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina Lead Country ‘Idols’ in Hits Medley on Big Finale

Quite a few major country singers have been discovered over the 15 seasons of American Idol, a fact that was brought home on the series finale on Thursday night (April 7).

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Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood Recreate ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’ on ‘American Idol’

Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood were the first superstar duet pairing during the final episode of American Idol.

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Kelly Clarkson Misses ‘American Idol’ Finale for Baby, Sends Show Off With Medley

Kelly Clarkson graced the stage of American Idol for the very last episode ever, returning to the stage where it all began for her ... only, she wasn't actually there.

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Josh Gracin Explains Why He Won’t Be on the ‘American Idol’ Finale

Josh Gracin rose to the spotlight after placing fourth on Season 2 of American Idol. That year, Ruben Studdard won the reality television competition.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Trent Harmon, ‘Falling’ [Listen]

Trent Harmon proved he can sing on American Idol, but on “Falling” he proves he can melt leather, iron or any other fastener desperately holding the last fibers of his lover’s clothes together.

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Scott Borchetta: Trent Harmon Will Go Country If He Wins ‘American Idol’

If you've watched the farewell season of American Idol closely, you've seen this coming. Scott Borchetta says if Trent Harmon is crowned winner on Thursday night, he'll take him to country radio.

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