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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.

Jennifer Hudson

Back in the day, J.Hud favored casual ensembles that just didn't do her powerhouse voice justice. Now, with an Oscar (!) under her several-sizes-smaller belt, the star's a designer darling who loves wearing Michael Kors and Givenchy.

Left, WireImage; Right, Getty Images

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