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ADAM LAMBERT

season eight

1,500

Approximate number of complaints received by ABC after Adam Lambert's racy performance at the 2009 American Music Awards

COREY CLARK

season two

{5} Finalists with headline-making post-Idol arrests

23 Finalists who have released Christmas music

RUBEN STUDDARD

season two

9 FINALISTS WHO ARE PUBLISHED AUTHORS (including one e-book)

SANJAYA MALAKAR

season six

CARRIE UNDERWOOD

season four

12,251,000

Total number of albums sold by Carrie Underwood (the most of any finalist)

1 Number of Idols who have their own fragrance

JORDIN SPARKS

season six

250,000,000

iTunes downloads of contestants' music (and counting!)

{37} Finalists who are currently signed to record labels

34 Combined Grammy nominations

CHRIS DAUGHTRY

season five

KELLY CLARKSON

season one

JENNIFER HUDSON

season three

DIANA DEGARMO

season three

CLAY AIKEN

season two

DAVID COOK

season seven

{1} Academy Award winner

3,000

Non-digital copies sold of Diana DeGarmo's "Dreams" the week it hit No. 1

(setting a Guinness World Record for lowest-selling No. 1 single of all time)

4 Finalists who have come out publicly after Idol

{6} Episodes of Saturday Night Live Idols have sung on

  • Contributors:
  • CONTRIBUTORS Carlos Greer,
  • Melody Chiu,
  • Ann Coccagnia,
  • Steve Helling,
  • Jessica Herndon,
  • Cynthia Wang.