How to Bet on American Idol
However, maybe you're new to betting and the ability to bet on America's top-rated show has drawn you into the fold. If that's the case don't worry you'll find it just as easy. The most popular way to bet on American Idol is obviously betting on the outright winner of the competition. You can place a bet like this from the start of the Final 24 all the way up until the Final Two. Of course the odds will change big time from 24 to 2. For example this season when the first odds were posted at TopBet the favorites was Reed Grimm at +300, while Creighton Fraker and Jessica Sanchez were +500. Keep an eye on their odds throughout the competition to see how much the odds can change week to week. You can also wager on whether the eventual winner of American Idol will be male or female. The males have dominated lately winning the last four competitions while overall they have won six of the 10 seasons. Another popular American Idol bet is wagering on which regional tryout will produce the winner. Just a few of the tryout locations in Season 11 were Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, San Diego, California and Denver Colorado. You can also wager on which singer will be the next to go. This may seem as easy as simply betting on the two from last week's bottom three that survived and collecting your winnings when one of them falls, but it's really not. A number of eventual Idol winners have found themselves in the Top 3 before so don't simply go for the current downtrodden hoping it's going to stick.
Season One: Kelly Clarkson
The first American Idol winner is arguably the most famous alumni from the show. Clarkson capped off her win with the single “A Moment Like This” which shot straight to No. 1 and broke a 38-year record set by the Beatles for the biggest leap to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Clarkson's debut album “Thankful” went double-platinum, while her second album Breakaway (her most successful to date) exploded and went six-times platinum. One the other side of the coin she also starred in the box office bomb and critically panned From Justin to Kelly.
Runner-up: Justin Guarini
Season Two: Ruben Studdard
Studdard won the second season by what is reported to be the closest vote margin in American Idol finals history. Studdard reportedly edged out Clay Aiken by 134,000 votes out of 24 million votes cast. Studdard's first album Soulful went platinum, but it sold less than Aiken's debut released at the same time.
Runner-up: Clay Aiken
Season Three: Fantasia Barrino
Barinno won Season three of Idol, a season also notable for including the debut of Jennifer Hudson. Barrino's debut album “Free Yourself” was certified platinum and also earned three Grammy nominations. Barrino claimed her first Grammy in 2011 for Best Female R&B Performance and she also made a name for herself on-stage in The Color Purple.
Runner-up: Diana DeGarmo
Season Four: Carrie Underwood
No idol winner has sold as many albums as Carrie Underwood. The season four winner's debut album was certified seven-times platinum and she's sold 12 million albums world wide. Underwood has won four Grammy Awards and 11 Academy of Country Music Awards in what is still early in her music career.
Runner-up: Bo Bice
Season Five: Taylor Hicks
The oldest winner of American Idol, and it showed in his grey hair, Hicks was 29 was he won the fifth season. Hicks' debut album peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard charts. The album was certified platinum, but his second album, which was not released until three years later sold only 52,000 copies.
Runner-up: Kathrine McPhee
Season Six: Jordin Sparks
At the time Sparks was the youngest winner of American Idol at only 17 years of age. Sparks debut release, self-titled Jordin Sparks, was certified platinum and the second single off the album, “No Air” sold more than three million copies making it the best-selling single by an Idol winner.
Runner-up: Blake Lewis
Season Seven: David Cook
Cook was considered to be the first rocker to win Idol and along with his finale opponent, David Archuleta became the first pair from the final that were never in the bottom three during the entire competition. Cook's self-titled debut album was certified platinum, peaking at No. 2 on the US Billboard charts.
Runner-up: David Archuleta
Season Eight: Kris Allen
Allen won season eight of Idol in controversial fashion after it was initially reported that 38 million of the 100 million votes cast came from Allen's home start of Arkansas after AT&T employees unfairly gave lessons on power-texting at parties in Arkansas. This was later debunked. His debut album was considered a disappointment, selling only 329,000 copies to become the first debut from an Idol winner to fail to achieve gold album status.
Runner-up: Adam Lambert
Season Nine: Lee DeWyze
DeWyze won season nine of Idol, but failed to capitalize on that success with subsequent album sales. DeWyze's debut album following his Idol win entitled “Live It Up” sold only 146,000 copies, peaking at No. 19 on the U.S. Charts.
Runner-up: Crystal Bowersox
Season 10: Scotty McCreery
McCreery joined Jordin Sparks as the youngest Idol winners, winning the competition at the age of 17. McCreery's debut album reached No. 1 on the US Billboard 200, the first debut album from an Idol winner to do so since Ruben Studdard in 2003. Released on October 4, 2001, the album entitled “Clear as Day,” has been certified platinum.
Runner-up: Lauren Alaina
Season 11: Phillip Phillips
Phillips won Season 11 of American Idol after being considered the favorite for most of the competition. The 21-year-old from Leesburg, Georgia, never appeared in the bottom two or three during the entire season and was never in danger of going home. His debut single was his finale song “Home”.
Runner-up: Jessica Sanchez