Since the start of the show, American Idol has provided a public platform for musical hope.
The first winner of the singing contest was Kelly Clarkson who took home the American Idol title at the ripe age of 20 years. However, she was not the youngest winner. How old was the youngest American Idol winner? The answer may surprise you.
The first American Idol show, devised by Simon Fuller, debuted on the Fox network on June 11, 2002. The competition was fierce from the start and saw tens of thousands of audiences of the pop stars in Miami, Dallas, New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle , Chicago and Atlanta.
Of those who auditioned to be on the show, only 121 were selected to continue to the Hollywood section of American Idol.
During the first three seasons, participants had to be between 16 and 24 years old. In the fourth season of the popular singing competition show, the maximum age limit was stretched to 28.
Before filming the tenth season began, the lower age limit was reduced to 15. Today American Idol participants must be between the ages of 15 and 28, according to the magazine Life & Style.
The oldest ‘American Idol’ winner
The oldest AI winner so far had gray hair, but he was not as old as many people had seen. Taylor Hicks, who lives in Australia, who always carried a small statue of Ray Charles in his pocket during the race, started to turn gray when he was only 14 years old.
The 6’1 “soul singer took home the 2006 American Idol title when he was 29 years old, making him the oldest person ever to win the competition.
After his AI victory, Hicks recorded two albums, he lived in Las Vegas and enjoyed a while in the musical Grease on Broadway.
Nowadays, the 42-year-old plays occasionally in his restaurant Saw’s Juke Joint, in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama.
The youngest ‘American Idol’ winner of all time
Season 6 of American Idol gathered participants from diverse cities such as San Antonio, Minneapolis and Memphis. During the auditions in Seattle, however, the youngest winner of the show first impressed judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.
Jordin Brianna Sparks made her world debut in Phoenix, Arizona on December 22, 1989. By the time she auditioned for American Idol, she was a showbiz veteran who had released her first album at the age of thirteen.
It was a Fox-sponsored song contest in her home state that hardened and paid for her way to American Idol auditions in Seattle’s Key Arena, according to TV Guide. Along with Sparks include the semi-finalists for season 6 Blake Lewis, Melinda Doolittle, LaKisha Ann Jones, Chris Richardson, Phil Stacey, Sanjaya Malakar, Haley Scarnato and Chris Sligh.
Sparks knew judges and TV viewers with a vocal maturity that betrayed her young age. Before her audition in Seattle, Sparks selected the Celine Dion song, “Because You Loved Me.” During the season of American Idol from season 6 Sparks treated everyone’s ears for songs like “Rhythm Is gonna Get You” by Gloria Estefan, “She Works Hard for the Money” by Donna Summer, and Bon Jovi’s “Livin ‘on a Prayer.”
On May 23, 2007, 17-year-old Jordin Sparks became the youngest person ever to win American Idol. The record has been up to now.
Since winning the competition, Sparks has continued to be super successful as a singer who has shared stages with Whitney Houston, Diana Ross and other musical stars that have inspired the young singer.
American Idol was broadcast on the Fox network for 15 years. After a two-year break, the show returned to ABC in March 2018. Catch American Idol on ABC on Sundays and Monday at 20:00. Est