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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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Carrie Underwood Reflects on ‘Idol’ Win 12 Years Later: ‘I Am Beyond Blessed’

Carrie Underwood was crowned the champion of American Idol more than a decade ago, but she still can't believe it!

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Remember When Scotty McCreery Won Season 10 of ‘American Idol’?

Scotty McCreery became one of the youngest American Idol winners in the history of the show when he won Season 10 of the iconic reality singing competition.

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Carrie Underwood Joining ‘American Idol’ Revival?

Carrie Underwood may be heading back to the original stage that made her famous.

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Kelly Clarkson Reportedly in Talks for ‘American Idol’ Reboot

American Idol will return to television in 2018, and Kelly Clarkson may be back, too.

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5 Country Artists Who Were Rejected by ‘American Idol’

While American Idol launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood
and Scotty McCreery, the reality singing competition turned away just as many notable country acts.

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6 Unforgettable ‘American Idol’ Auditions

We remember the winners, but too often we forget the American Idol auditions.

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Top 10 Country ‘American Idol’ Singers

Carrie Underwood and Scotty McCreery are two of the 12 winners of the reality singing show, but another winner is spending a lot more time in Nashville these days.

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Confirmed: ‘American Idol’ Returning on ABC

American Idol has been confirmed to return to television in 2018.

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‘American Idol’ Reportedly Set to Return on ABC

American Idol is coming back! Maybe. Reports indicate that ABC will bring back the long-running Fox reality singing competition that spawned the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery and more.

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Remember Carrie Underwood’s Endearing ‘American Idol’ Audition?

Carrie Underwood is one of the biggest stars in contemporary country music, but it wasn't that many years ago that she was just another young singer looking for a break.

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