Kelly Clarkson wins American Idol 
The one who started it all - Kelly Clarkson was the first winner of American Idol, in 2002, catapulting the former waitress to artist stardom. Her first single 'A Moment Like This' went from #52 on the Billboard singles charts to #1 in one week. Since then Clarkson has snagged 2 Grammy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, 2 MTV Awards and 11 Billboard Awards. Most recently the golden girl won 'Single of the Year' with Jason Aldean for the song, 'Don't You Wanna To Stay' at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards . Clarkson recently announced her 2012 tour, which will see the once reality competition star tour alongside the popular UK outfit, Cover Drive.
Clay Aiken places second in American Idol 
Another Idol alum', Clay Aiken's ticket to fame came during the second season of Idol in 2003. Following the hit show Aiken embarked on ten tours, authored a New York Times best seller and made his Broadway debut in 2008, playing Sir Robin in Monty Python's Spamalot. Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, the singer/ songwriter just concluded another coveted reality-based competition, The Celebrity Apprentice, coming in second place to Arsenio Hall. Although Idol may have helped expose this talented artist meets activist, it's been Clay Aiken's talent and charitable outreach that continues to staple him as an artist to recognize.
Nicole Scherzinger - the lead Pussycat Doll 
Nicole Scherzinger first turned heads back as one of the members of the girl group, The Pussycat Dolls. The Pussycat Dolls released numerous commercial-catchy tracks including 'Don't Cha', 'Buttons' and 'Stickwitu'. As clearly the most successful from the bunch, Scherzinger has continued her career in a solo way, releasing her own debut in 2010, winning the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars and judging alongside famed veterans Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell in the U.S. debut of X-Factor. Scherzinger, however, will not be returning for a second season; either will Abdul. Britney Spears and Demi Lovato have been confirmed as the new judges to work alongside Cowell and record executive, L.A. Reid.
Eva Avila wins Canadian Idol 
It's hard to believe it's been six years since Gatineau's Eva Avila won Canadian Idol. As one of Canada's famed young artists, Avila's debut album Somewhere Else sold well over 10,000 copies in the first week. She has supported acts such as Beyonce (on her Canadian run) as well as performed at Virgin Fest and is seen here performing during the closing ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC.
Carrie Underwood wins season four of American Idol 
The country darling can also thank Simon Cowell aka American Idol for her breakout. She won the fourth season of the show going on to become one of the most successful young country artists and a role model for women of all ages, releasing top tracks such as 'Before He Cheats'. Remind yourself why the song rules by watching the video here. Underwood is also hitched to former Ottawa Senators' hockey player (now with Nashville) Mike Fisher.
Carly Rae Jepsen places third on Canadian Idol 
The newest talent to peak from Canadian Idol is Carly Rae Jepsen. Jepsen placed third in the fifth season of the show (2007). The recent success of 'Call Me Maybe' is hard not to recognize as it's one of the most popular pop songs currently gracing the airwaves. The BC native has stirred up appeal in Canada, the U.S. Australia and the U.K. leading the once Fontana-signed artist to announce a 2012 deal with Interscope Records and more importantly, Schoolboy Records, which is led by Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun. Ya, that can't hurt.
Adam Lambert gets runner-up on American Idol 
Perhaps one of the most controversial from the reality competition circle, Adam Lambert has made a career around his dark-pop mantra and racy performances. The former Idol runner-up has 3.1 million fans / likes on Facebook and a fan following called 'Glamberts." Perhaps you remember his sex-shock performance to close out the 2009 American Music Awards?Lambert will be in Toronto on May 28th, 2012 signing autographs at HMV on Queen Street (272 Queen Street W). 6:30PM "Glamberts", 6:30PM.
Susan Boyle captures the spotlight on Britain's Got Talent 
Oh Susan Boyle how you changed the competition circuit forever. Not what you'd typically expect to see on a reality singing competition, Boyle appeared on the TV program Britain's Got Talent in 2009 singing 'I Dreamed a Dream' from Les Miserables. Her powerful voice garnered worldwide praise, recently taking her back to where it all begun on BGT. Watch the video of Boyle performing as part of the 2012 finale here. Following this performance Boyle headed to Windsor to perform for the Queen as part of the 60th year anniversary of the Queen's reign.
Singer Jackie Evancho stuns audiences on America's Got Talent 
She was only ten years old when she first gripped audiences in the fifth season of America's Got Talent, eventually finishing second. Evancho's classically-trained voice has led the artist to a steady stream of success with Billboard ranking Evancho the #1 Classical Albums' Artist of 2011. O Holy Night also ranked as the #31 Canadian Album of 2011. She has performed covers of Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and Martina McBride. The wonderkid is seen here performing at Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XVIII in March 2012.