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Kelly Clarkson, "Express Yourself" (Season 1)
Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson stole our hearts at auditions. Between "A Moment Like This," From Justin To Kelly and her songs now as a mother who's all about self-love, it's clear we'll always be on Team Kelly.
Ruben Studdard, "Ribbon In The Sky" (Season 2)
The beloved Teddy Bear's voice could soothe any soul. He and Clay Aiken went head to head for the Season 2 title winner, but there's no doubt Studdard deserved it.
Jennifer Hudson, "Share Your Love With Me" (Season 3)
She's easily one of the biggest American Idol success stories, even though her fame came long after she was voted off the show. Idol was merely a stepping stone for Hudson to go on and tackle even bigger goals.
Fantasia Barrino, "Proud Mary" (Season 3)
This game changer and JHud BFF blew us away every week. She defined star quality from the beginning. Following her time on Idol, Barrino was nominated for 11 Grammys and won one for "Bittersweet" in 2010.