Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Scott McCreery? Any of those names ring a bell? With American Idol 2013 looming closer and closer, let’s take a look at what this show had given the music world already…

Sometimes, it’s not the winner, but one of the finalists that blows our socks off.

The big question on everyone’s mind is…Can American Idol 2013 birth another superstar like the juggernauts above?

Cause that’s the excitement of the show, isn’t it? Copy it all you will, American Idol is the King of Starmakers. And as we head into the holiday season, somewhere out there is a young guy or girl, poised on the edge of a life they’ve only dreamed of. They’re singing Christmas carols around the tree with their families–AS WE SPEAK. They’re singing in church choirs. Playing their guitars till their fingers bleed. They’re crooning in the shower.. MMMM Daughtry in the shower…

But that–my friends–is what this show–at its essence–is all about. Set aside the catty judges. The glamorous sets. Ryan Seacrest’s perfect hair. It’s why AI–and all the imitators out there who just CAN’t quite measure up–was created.

To birth another star.