Through 15 seasons, many wondered whatever happened to American Idol‘s many winners and runner-ups, as only a select few actually became staples in the music industry. While how much competing on American Idol actually helped the artist’s career is up for debate, it did not go unnoticed that some of the show’s most successful contestants were country music singers. Here are American Idol’s popular country singers ranked:
10. Crystal Bowersox
Crystal Bowersox quickly became a fan favorite in season nine of American Idol where she immediately impressed in her audition with a rendition of Shania Twain’s “Piece of My Heart.” She went on to come in second place on the season and was the first female contestant to make it to the finale since Jordin Sparks’ 2007 win in season six. Her debut album “Farmer’s Daughter” was released in 2010, but unfortunately for the singer, in 2011 RCA Music Group disbanded Jive Records, J Records, and Arista Records, leaving Bowersox without a label. She has since found a new label and released a second album with moderate success.