American Idol Stars Rockin’ Out with Their Younger Selves

Kelly Clarkson in 2013 and 2002

Photos by Wireimage and Getty; Photo Illustration by Tiffany Hagler-Geard

updated 04/24/2014 AT 8:00 PM ET

originally published 05/21/2014 AT 6:00 PM ET

As Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene battle in Wednesday night’s American Idol finale, let’s take a look at how far the Fox series’ past contestants have come.

Over the course of 13 seasons and multiple judge lineups, the show has continued to launch numerous music careers – plus, an Oscar winner.

To prove the show and its stars have grown, we took the powers of Photoshop and matched the famous faces of American Idol with their younger selves. Get ready for the funkiest jam band around.

All photo illustrations by Tiffany Hagler-Geard and Linzi Silverman for

Kelly Clarkson: Since U Been Gone … Oh Wait, You Never Left

Steven Tyler: Stevie, I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing

Paula Abdul: Forever Her Own Girl

Carrie Underwood: Carrie, Take the Wheel

Clay Aiken: From Runner-Up to Congressional Candidate in 11 Seasons

Jennifer Hudson: Young Jennifer, I Am Telling You I’m Not Going

Jennifer Lopez: She’s Still Jenny from the Block

Jordin Sparks: You’re Like a Tattoo, I’ll Always Have You

Simon Cowell: Gray Is the New Black

Randy Jackson: Yo Dawg, Why’d You Go and Cut Your Hair?

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