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American Idol Style Evolution: Our Favorite Contestants, Then & Now

Over the course of American Idol's 11 seasons, those lucky contestants have sure come a long way in the style department. Part of the show, of course, involves treating the major players to makeovers as they embark on their televised musical journey. But we can't chalk up their admittedly amazing transformations to that alone.

Let's take a look back at some of AI's most notable winner and runners-up—Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood and more—and examine how their looks have changed since those first auditions with Simon, Paula and Randy.

Kelly Clarkson

During the early rounds of Season One, Kelly had a notorious penchant for the dress-over-pants look. Today, the Grammy-winning Duets judge picks brightly-colored body-con dresses that show off her curves.

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