‘American Idol’ winners smackdown: Kelly Clarkson vs. Carrie Underwood (Poll)

Last week, we tasked you with picking your favorite “American Idol” winner of all time in our new poll. Well, the results are in and it’s virtually a tie between Season 1’s Kelly Clarkson and Season 4’s Carrie Underwood.

Both ladies reaped about 40% of your votes, which means the other 11 winners are clinging to scraps at the bottom of the pile. If you disagree with those early results, then be sure to cast your own vote in our poll below. Hurry — there’s still time!

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There are many worthy winners to choose from over the past 13 years — some more successful than others — but you can only vote for one, so choose wisely.

Need help remembering the past 13 winners? Then scroll through our “American Idol” photo gallery below the poll that highlights every victory since 2002.

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17 thoughts on “‘American Idol’ winners smackdown: Kelly Clarkson vs. Carrie Underwood (Poll)

  1. Carrie Underwood is the most successful Idol to ever come out of AI. She has achieved more and is more popular than any Idol. she has worked hard for her success and deserves it. Looks like the hate fille, rabid Swift fan, with so many fake names and accounts is on here saying negative things about Carrie again. We know who you are Lisa, Jason, Ben, Mike, Linda, etc….. Get a life—–

  2. i believe carries success was not so much because she won american idol but because she is an amazing artist. that show does not hand you everything on a silver platter.her talent made her a star more than anything else.

  3. Sorry but Kelly Clarkson is one of the GREATEST MUSICIANS OF ALL TIME, IF NOT THE GREATEST!!!!!!! Carrie Underwood is DECENT, don’t get me wrong…… but you can never go wrong w/ Kelly because she, unlike Carrie, has no bad songs AT ALL! Long after Carrie has been forgotten by the majority of people, (except for those who are country music historians perhaps) Kelly Clarkson’s works will be around for centuries, still making an impact on society AND pop culture long after she’s “Already Gone.”

    😉

  4. Kelly is the most successful Idol winner everywhere. No one knows Carrie in Europe, Asia, etc. She only sold more in the States because country music buyers buy entire albums whereas Pop buyers buy singles. Kelly has far more competition from pop artists but she has a versatile voice and can sing everything. Carrie can only sing Country and each of her albums sells less and less. Kelly is evolving musically and Carrie is one-dimensional. Kelly is a world artist whereas Carrie only has Country which is basically irrelevant anywhere except for the Middle States.

  5. For those who are claiming that Kelly is the more successful one, then what’s her current gig? How did her latest album perform? What about a remarkable milestone? As her song says, she’s “Already Gone”, blaming others for her lukewarm success but herself.

  6. carrie is better than kelly.. she has accomplished way more in country than kelly has in pop that is fact…

    she has 19 number 1 hits and 7 grammys in a genre that is dominated by men…

  7. This not accurate anyway. This is nothing compared to millions of voters of American idol. This by far really wrong.

  8. Kelly Clarkson’s song “Break Away” alone is better than ANYTHING Carrie Underwood has ever done or is capable of doing, as far as emotion, gravitas, and soul go. Besides, like Jake said, Carrie tends to become very repetitive after a while, whereas Kelly stays fresh and new while still managing to not lose track of her unique identity as a performer and musician. Kelly is unique and brave, while Carrie could easily be confused w/ Miranda Lambert or lots of other country singers. I don’t dislike all country even, just sayin’. 🙂

  9. You Carrie stans are redik. Sales and awards does not equate a better voice. Carrie is talented, but cannot hold a candle to Kellys vocals. Kelly has power and range and can sing ANYTHING.

  10. Kelly fans are nasty. They are so jealous of Carrie Underwood they can not stand it. Carrie is prettier, her vocal tonal quality is much better and she keeps herself in shape. She has not let herself go like Kelly and look older than she is like Kelly has. Some of the Carrie fans are Kelly fans also but the nasty Kelly fans are turning them against Kelly. Kelly has lost some of the quality of her vocals. May be because she drinks too much (her own words), she has gained too much weight or she just does not care any more since she is married and has a baby that is almost a year old. IMO Carrie Underwood is the better vocalist, artist and is consistent.

  11. Kelly fans are nasty. They are so jealous of Carrie Underwood they can not stand it. Carrie is prettier, her vocal tonal quality is much better and she keeps herself in shape. She has not let herself go like Kelly and look older than she is like Kelly has. Some of the Carrie fans are Kelly fans also but the nasty Kelly fans are turning them against Kelly. Kelly has lost some of the quality of her vocals. May be because she drinks too much (her own words), she has gained too much weight or she just does not care any more since she is married and has a baby that is almost a year old. IMO Carrie Underwood is the better vocalist, artist and is consistent.

  12. Kelly fans are nasty. They are so jealous of Carrie Underwood they can not stand it. Carrie is prettier, her vocal tonal quality is much better and she keeps herself in shape. She has not let herself go like Kelly and look older than she is like Kelly has. Some of the Carrie fans are Kelly fans also but the nasty Kelly fans are turning them against Kelly. Kelly has lost some of the quality of her vocals. May be because she drinks too much (her own words), she has gained too much weight or she just does not care any more since she is married and has a baby that is almost a year old. IMO Carrie Underwood is the better vocalist, artist and is consistent.

  13. They are both good singers, but I only know one or two songs of Carrie, whereas Kelly has so many chart topper singles. I have always hear Clarksons singles on the radio. Carrie might have took over album sales here in US, but worldwide Kelly reached more than 62 millions copies sold while Carrie is close to 56 millions.

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