(Case in point: Yes, we still think that Jennifer Hudson deserved better.)10.Taylor Hicks wins (season 5)Where are you now, Soul Patrol?Both Fantasia and Diana De Garmo released a single after the finale.Fantasia's first single, released in June 2004 on the RCA record label, entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number one, making Fantasia the first artist in the history of Billboard to debut at number one with their first single.
Season 3 is the first season where both the winner and the runner-up had been in the bottom 2 or 3 prior to the finale, being followed by the eighth and twelfth seasons.
She was raised as a Baptist and attended Dunbar Vocational Career Academy, graduated in 1999.
She cites Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and Patti La Belle as her overall biggest influences and aspirations.
It is the first season to have a gender imbalance among the finalists, followed by season 8, each having eight finalists of the dominant gender.
Season 3 has eight female finalists, whereas the eighth season had eight male finalists.
Certain results in American Idol's 15-season span have felt predestined, like the victories of such surefire talents as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, or the fact that From Justin to Kelly would be terrible.