'American Idol' contestants, ranked according to listeners : Pop Culture Happy Hour It's been 20 years since the beginning of American Idol. It has inspired imitators and parodies, and it's also a show that actually made people stars. So we asked you to vote for the best American Idol contestants of all time.

'American Idol' contestants, ranked according to listeners

'American Idol' contestants, ranked according to listeners

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Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia Barrino and LaToya London perform on the third season of American Idol. Frank Micelotta/Getty Images hide caption

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Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia Barrino and LaToya London perform on the third season of American Idol.

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It's been 20 years since the beginning of American Idol. It has inspired imitators and parodies, and it's also a show that actually made people stars. So we asked you to vote for the best American Idol contestants of all time.