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Then & Now - 'American Idol' Winners & Runner-Ups

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After 14 years on the air, American Idol finally called it quits after 15 seasons. The singing competition show revolutionized reality TV, and, at least a couple times, followed through on its promise of discovering the next big name in pop music.

In a shocking turn of events, ABC announced less than a year after American Idol went off the air that it would be bringing back the series. The 16th season of American Idol debuted in March 2018 and starred Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie as judges. And the revival is still going strong now, with a new season on the air in 2022.

Let's look back on all the original winners and almost-winners to see how much they've changed since being in the finals.