Do you love reality TV singing competitions? I was once an avid viewer of American Idol back in the early seasons, but eventually gave that up. Partially due to the lack of the majority of contestants ever going on to have a successful music career. It just felt like a waste to watch and get emotionally attached to artists who you’d never hear from again. But many of these shows including American Idol and The Voice are still thriving and attracting both viewers and contestants. And here in North Carolina, we have the second-highest number of reality singing competition winners in the nation. Who would have thought? We actually had several contestants from North Carolina including Kellie Pickler, Chris Daughtry, and Clay Aiken but none of those three went on to win the competition.

But three others did, and all three represent different genres of music. Our friends over at BetCarolina.com – your source for North Carolina sports betting – utilized Wikipedia to gather each winner from each season of NBC’s “The Voice,” FOX & ABC’s “American Idol” as well as the singers who won on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” After compiling this data they were able to compile a list of the states that have produced the most singing competition winners. Do you think you remember the three North Carolina singing competition winners? Keep reading to see if you are correct!

Read BetCarolina’s full study and analysis here.

  • 1. Texas

    Kelly Clarkson (S1 American Idol), David Cook (S7 American Idol), Danielle Bradberry (S4 The Voice), Craig Wayne Boyd (S7 The Voice), and Sundance Head (S11 The Voice) are among Texas’ 7 winners of reality singing competitions.

  • 2. North Carolina (TIE)

    North Carolina has had three stars take the American Idol crown. This includes:

  • 2. New York

    New York winners include Jermaine Paul (S2 The Voice), Just Sam (aka Samantha Diaz, S18 American Idol), and Carter Rubin (S19 of The Voice).

  • 3. Nine Way Tie With 2 Winners Each

    The 9 states with two winners include Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Florida, California, and West Virginia.

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