Then And Now: The Leading Ladies Of ‘American Idol’

On Thursday, “American Idol” will wrap up after 15 seasons on the air. The show has brought us countless entertaining moments from host Ryan Seacrest and the various judges, starting with Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell and ending with Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr.

While some of the show’s winners haven’t necessarily enjoyed massive music careers, others have blossomed — and so have their wardrobes.

In 2002, Kelly Clarkson won the show’s first season, and she has gone on to win three Grammy Awards. Following her “Idol” win, Clarkson hit the 2002 Teen Choice Awards wearing an American flag crop top, denim skirt and platform mule sandals. It’s a decidedly different look than what she wears now. At the Capital FM Summertime Ball last year, she rocked a pair of Tom Ford studded platform sandals.

Kelly Clarkson American Idol Style Then And Now
Clarkson at the Capital FM Summertime Ball in 2015, at the Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night in 2011 & on the 2002 Teen Choice Awards red carpet.
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Kelly Clarkson American Idol Style Then And Now
Clarkson wearing Aquazzura sandals in 2015, crystal embellished sandals in 2007 & pointy-toe black pumps in 2003.
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Next up is Jennifer Hudson. While the season 3 contestant didn’t make it past the Top 7, her career has been incredible.

In 2006, she had a supporting role in the film “Dream Girls,” which also starred Beyoncé and Jamie Foxx. She won an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and SAG Award for that role. Hudson has also won several Grammy Awards. Along the way, she’s upgraded her fashion looks. Hudson has embraced her personal style and is a fan of fitted dresses and sexy pumps.

Jennifer Hudson American Idol Style Then And Now
Hudson at the NYFW Givenchy show in 2015 wearing Givenchy heels, at the AmFAR Benefit Gala in 2012 & at a “Dreamgirls” photo call in Cannes in 2006.
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Jennifer Hudson American Idol Style Then And Now
2016: Jennifer Hudson at NYFW attending the Michael Kors show, Jason Wu show and Zac Posen show.
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Season 4 in 2005 brought us country sweetheart Carrie Underwood. While she might have been unsure of herself when she first came into the limelight, Underwood has turned into one of country music’s most glamorous and stylish stars.

At this year’s Grammy Awards, Underwood wore Giuseppe Zanotti peep-toe pumps, and at the ACM Awards on April 3, she rocked a pair of Rene Caovilla sandals on the red carpet and switched into dramatic lace-up sandals for her performance.

Carrie Underwood American Idol Style Then And Now
At the 2015 AMAs, performing on the “Today” show in 2010 and at a pre-CMA party in 2005.
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Carrie Underwood American Idol Style
2016: Underwood at the Grammy Awards, performing at the ACM Awards & on the ACM red carpet.
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At age 17, Jordin Sparks was the show’s youngest winner when she was crowned in 2007 during season 6. Her youthful teen style has evolved, and she has since worn everything from cool sneakers to simple strappy sandals. She’s continued to sing and has also appeared in several TV shows and movies. Sparks has won awards at the Teen Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and more.

Jordin Sparks American Idol Style Then And Now
Sparks in 2015 performing on the “Today” show, at Variety’s Annual Power Of Youth event in 2012 & on the “American Idol” red carpet in 2007.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock, AP Images.
Jordin Sparks American Idol Style Then And Now
Sparks wearing classic black sandals at the 2014 AMAs, in Marc Jacobs wedge sneakers in 2012 & in cut-out statement wedges at the 2008 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.
CREDIT: REX Shuttertsock.

The “American Idol” two-night finale airs today and Thursday at 8 p.m. EST on Fox.

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