The 15th and final season of "American Idol" is underway. Several of this year's contestants have local ties — and they are in good company.
Throughout the history of "American Idol," contestants from Utah and contestants who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have made their mark on the show.
Click through this list to learn more about the LDS contestants and Utah-based contestants who have appeared on "American Idol."
This list is not all-inclusive.
Latter-day Saint Carmen Rasmusen Herbert competed on the second season of "American Idol" in 2003. She took sixth place that season.
Following the show, Herbert met and married her husband. They were sealed in the Bountiful Utah Temple in 2005. In 2007, she released an album, "Nothin' Like the Summer." She is now the mother of four boys and writes an entertainment column for the Deseret News.
John Preator, from Provo, Utah, competed on the third season of “American Idol” in 2004. He advanced to become a Top 32 contestant before being eliminated.
Since being on “American Idol,” Preator has found a career doing Broadway shows. According to his Facebook, he is currently an actor at Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford, New York.
Jon Peter Lewis, a member of the LDS Church, competed on the third season of "American Idol" in 2004. He took eighth place that season.
Following his time on "American Idol," Lewis teamed up with Ryan Hayes to form the band Midas Whale. Together they auditioned for the fourth season of "The Voice." They joined Adam Levine's team but were eliminated during what is known as the "knockout rounds."
Lewis has produced albums and extended plays, both alone and with Midas Whale. He released his latest EP, "Roughcuts," in 2015.
Brooke White, a Latter-day Saint, took fifth place on the seventh season of "American Idol" in 2008.
Since her time on "American Idol," White has continued to release music while also balancing the role of mother. In 2012, she and her husband welcomed their daughter, London. She recently announced on Instagram that she is expecting a second child in September.
She released an album, "Never Grow Up," in 2015.
David Archuleta competed on the seventh season of "American Idol" in 2008. He was runner-up that season with 44 percent of the votes.
Since being on "American Idol," Archuleta served as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile.
In 2014, he recorded "Glorious" for the "Meet the Mormons" soundtrack. In 2015, he released a music video promoting the LDS Church's "A Savior is Born" Christmas campaign.
David Osmond, a member of the LDS Church, auditioned for the eighth season of "American Idol" which aired in 2009.
He was given the golden ticket during the audition round and advanced to Hollywood Week. He was eliminated during group rounds after developing laryngitis, according to Reality TV Magazine.
Osmond, who is a member of the famous Osmond family, raises awareness of multiple sclerosis. According to his website, his father, Alan, had to retire from his musical career because of MS. David Osmond also has MS.
David Osmond performs and speaks nationwide about overcoming adversity.
Megan Joy, from Sandy, Utah, competed on the eighth season of "American Idol" in 2009. She took ninth place that season.
Since her time on "American Idol," Joy has continued to produce music. She released a self-titled album in 2012 and a second album, "Free to Fly," in 2014.
Kenzie "Kenz" Hall, from Draper, Utah, competed on the 13th season of American Idol. The season aired in 2014. Hall made it to the top 30 contestants before being eliminated.
Hall released an album in 2014, "Kenz Hall." Hall, an LDS Church member, participated in the "A Savior Is Born" campaign and wrote a song for the movie "Once I Was a Beehive."
Austin Wolfe, from Park City, Utah, made it to the top 30 on the 13th season of "American Idol" before being eliminated.
Since her time on "American Idol," Wolfe has continued to perform. Her band has opened for Five For Fighting and Bridgit Mendle, according to her website.
Madilyn Paige, from Provo, Utah, auditioned for the final season of "American Idol" and received a golden ticket. She was later eliminated during Hollywood Week.
Paige, a member of the LDS Church, participated in the "A Savior is Born" campaign and told LDS.net she is working on releasing a full album and increasing her following on YouTube.
Johanna Jones, a Latter-day Saint from Las Vegas, auditioned for the final season of "American Idol" in Denver. She received a golden ticket and continued on to Hollywood Week, where she was eliminated after the group rounds.
Following her elimination, Jones assured her Instagram followers that "this does not mean you have seen the last of me."
John Wayne Schulz returned to "American Idol" for the final season. He auditioned for season 10 and made it to the Top 40 contestants before being eliminated. This year, he advanced to the third round of Hollywood Week before being eliminated.
Following his elimination, Schulz, a returned LDS missionary, announced on Facebook that he was working on releasing some new singles on iTunes. He has since released a cover of the same song he auditioned with, "The Dance."
Bri Ray, from Orem, Utah, made it to Hollywood Week on the final season of "American Idol." She performed in the group rounds with another Utah native, Jenn Blosil, but was eliminated during the third round of Hollywood Week.
Apart from her music career, Ray, who is also a member of the LDS Church, started an anti-bullying program, "A Place for Everyone." Ray visits schools to speak and to perform. According to the Daily Herald, Ray has presented to more than 15,000 students in school assemblies.
Amber Lynn Stoppel, a Latter-day Saint from California, auditioned for the final season of "American Idol" in Denver. She was eliminated during Hollywood Week.
Stoppel recently combined two hymns, "Be Still My Soul" and "His Eye is on the Sparrow," and released the song on her YouTube channel.
James Gray Dawson VIII, who lives in Provo, Utah, made it to the Top 24 contestants on the final season of "American Idol" before being eliminated.
Following his elimination, Dawson announced on his Instagram account that he will release original music in the future.
Jenn Blosil, from Orem, Utah, competed on the 15th and final season of "American Idol." She advanced to the Top 14 contestants before being eliminated.
Blosil served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the New York New York South Mission. Following her elimination, she posted a video on Facebook and said she would continue to produce original music and has hopes of touring.