With eight seasons of "American Idol" behind us, there are now 95 Idol alumni who made it the public voting rounds (10 season one, 12 for each of the next six seasons and 13 last year). That's a lot of people, many of whom were not able to use the fame to launch a career....

With eight seasons of “American Idol” behind us, there are now 95 Idol alumni who made it the public voting rounds (10 season one, 12 for each of the next six seasons and 13 last year). That’s a lot of people, many of whom were not able to use the fame to launch a career. But, many are now household names and have made something of themselves. Here are a handful, in no particular order.

Among them is Kelly Clarkson, winner from the first season. She’s come a long way since 2002 but she still seems down to earth. Clarkson has released four albums, won two Grammy Awards and has had many singles on the charts including “My Life Would Suck Without You” and “A Moment Like This”. Luckily, the movie she made ‘From Justin to Kelly’ with fellow Idol contestant, Justin Guarini, did not hurt her fame.

Fellow blogger, Cheri Mossburg, feels Clarkson has been the most successful. “Here’s the thing, since the very beginning, I’ve been captivated by not just her voice, but the way she growls when she sings. Kelly is always in control, in sort of a Melissa Etheridge type way. During the second season on AI, Kelly Clarkson came out to debut her first single, “Miss Independent” and it made a lasting impression. The song was different and well produced and really set the tone for the type of artist she would insist on being. Now I’ll admit that not every song has been up to Miss Indy caliber, but she’s still my favorite.”