As 'American Idol' enters its final season, we look back past winners of the Fox show.
Other networks avoided running their better programs against Idol for fear of being trampled in the ratings and the singing competition's annual coronation finale was one of the biggest TV events of the year.
It's been a remarkable journey, and I feel very fortunate to have been part of a show that made television history in countless ways.
It's a show about chasing and fulfilling dreams, and truth be told, it helped some of my own dreams come true too," says Seacrest, who has been involved with many subsequent projects, both in front of and behind the camera."All the American Idol producers, judges, crew and everyone at Fox have been heroic in their efforts to create, produce and sustain such a groundbreaking show for so many years," his statement says.
Clarkson has gone on to have a successful musical career, winning multiple Grammys.
In recent years, however, Idol has gone into rapid ratings decline and is averaging only a little more than 10 million viewers per episode this year.
A once-monumental hit that delivered on its promise to create huge recording stars has seen its ratings nosedive in recent years, with the last couple of winners failing to draw much attention in an increasingly fragmented entertainment world.