See every ‘American Idol’ runner-up through the years: Who do YOU think was robbed?

“American Idol” debuted in 2002 and instantly became a pop culture phenomenon running for 15 seasons on Fox. In 2018 it found a new home on ABC and Ryan Seacrest continues to serve as host. The show plucks everyday singers from obscurity and gives them an opportunity to win a recording contract, fortune and fame. We know many of the famous champions from Kelly Clarkson to Carrie Underwood to Phillip Phillips. But which runners-up came up short of the grand prize and truly deserved to win? Tour our photo gallery below to see who came in second place each season of “American Idol.”