‘American Idol’: 15 most successful losers ever

A lot of talent has crossed the stage of “American Idol” since its debut in 2002. Each season thousands of contestants line up for their chance in front of the judges, but there can be only one winner. The following artists are some of the most famous contestants who lost on “American Idol.” They are part of a select few who made an impression on America so big they were able to overcome their loss and still find fame and fortune. You know them. You love them. Now tour our photo gallery below of the 15 most successful “American Idol” losers ever. Originally published 2021.