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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.

Carrie Underwood

Long before she won American Idol's fourth season, this country sweetheart had a thing for laid-back, Western-inspired style—think boots and jeans. Today, she proves she can pull off a sparkling dress and major heels with equal ease.

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