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Kelly vs. Fantasia vs. Carrie: And the best 'American Idol' winner is ...

Kelly vs. Fantasia vs. Carrie: And the best 'American Idol' winner is ...

The end of an era is upon us as "American Idol" launched its 15th and final season earlier this month. To honor the prototype of reality singing competitions (to which "The Voice" and "X Factor" owe their existence), I decided to rank the 14 "Idols" birthed from the show.

My methodology? Only God really knows. But I will say that my rankings take into account music sales, industry awards and recognition and general pop culture relevancy. Assuming the top three slots were the most contentious, I detailed their accomplishment more thoroughly than others -- because you will give Fantasia her due respect!

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