Who is the best ‘American Idol’?

Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks

Former “American Idol” winners, from left, Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks are among the franchise’s most recognizable talent.

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The votes have been cast and the numbers have been counted. The best “American Idol” is Season 10’s victor, Scotty McCreery. The country crooner, who is one of the youngest to win the singing competition, beat out his 13 other “Idol” competitors for the title in The Times’ poll we’ve been running for almost a month.

And though he ended up much lower on my personal rankings, McCreery’s obviously doing something right.

Coming in second was fellow country star and Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips followed by the original “Idol,” Kelly Clarkson. Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks rounded out the top five.

Cry with me that not enough people see Fantasia’s greatness, and that your favorite (probably) didn’t win either.


Check out the full list of results below:

Twitter: @TrevellAnderson


11:14 a.m.: This article has been updated with final poll numbers.

This article was originally published Feb. 7 at 11:45 a.m.



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