Throwback Thursday: Every Gown Worn in an American Idol Season Finale
Kelly Clarkson: Season One Winner
Kelly might want to forget the chunky highlights and embroidered jeans, but her memorable coronation song was worth “waiting a lifetime” for.
Diana DeGarmo: Season Three Runner Up
The pint-size belter lost to Fantasia Barrino in pretty much the same outfit you wore to your 2004 homecoming (jeweled-toe sandals and all), but won the heart of fellow Idol contestant Ace Young; they married in 2013.
Fantasia Barrino: Season Three Winner
Fantasia broke a lot of boundaries on her unstoppable road to victory (remember when she sang Summertime sitting on stage?) and that didn't stop for the finale: She ditched a frilly dress for a sleek suit and sparkling heels.
Carrie Underwood: Season Four Winner
You'd never see her wearing crunchy curls or rickrack-trimmed animal print these days, but the country superstar still loves sparkle as much as she did when she took the crown in 2005.
Katharine McPhee: Season Five Runner-Up
She ultimately lost to Taylor Hicks, but the singer's status as a fashion plate throughout her season (in pretty dresses like this pale mint satin gown) cemented her as a bonafide starlet, leading to roles on Smash and Scorpion.
Jordin Sparks: Season Six Winner
Fittingly for the star who would eventually take the “American Idol” crown, Jordin’s marigold gown with jeweled trim made her look like a princess.
Crystal Bowersox: Season Nine Runner-Up
The star stayed true to her folk/country/rock roots right up until the finale, choosing an outfit that mixed those elements: a black top with lace insets, stacks of hippie-inspired jewelry and embossed cowboy boots.
Lauren Alaina: Season 10 Runner-Up
For her finale moment, the 17-year-old embraced both her youth and her country side, wearing a bedazzled gold party dress with cowboy boots.
Jessica Sanchez: Season 11 Runner-Up
Both Sanchez and the season's winner, Phillip Phillips, opted for a black-tie vibe to sing their final duet, with her raspberry jersey-and-sequin standing out as a memorable look from recent years.
Kree Harrison: Season 12 Runner-Up
Kree leaned country during her run on the show, but decided to go full-out glam for the finale, wearing a gown with sheer panels and a beaded bodice.
Candice Glover: Season 12 Winner
What better to wear for a song called “I Am Beautiful,” than a curve-hugging, sparkling short-sleeve gown with elegant draping at the waist and mega-watt earrings?
Jena Irene: Season 13 Runner-Up
Over the course of the season, Jena got bangs and embraced her edgy side, wearing a quilted leather skirt and cage booties for her finale.