Victoria (sinwithagrin) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Catching up with some Idols.

The "American Idol" Rollercoaster: Checking In On the Show's Biggest Winners and Losers
From Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson to Jessica Sierra and Sanjaya Malakar

Kelly Clarkson
Who? The first-ever Idol victor
Career Peak: Second album Breakaway has gone platinum six times and spawned several monster singles including "Since U Been Gone," "Behind These Hazel Eyes" and the title track
Career Valley: A public feud with label boss Clive Davis in 2007, followed by the cancelation of an arena tour and a cooler reception for third LP My December (which has since gone platinum)
Currently: Up for Best Country Collaboration Grammy for duet with Reba McEntire and touring

Justin Guarini
Who? Season one's Sideshow Bob-maned second-place finisher
Career Peak: Debut album on RCA was released around the same time as the campy film From Justin to Kelly
Career Valley: Was dropped from RCA shortly after release of debut album and campy film From Justin to Kelly
Currently: Latest news on his official Web site was updated in April 2007, but last year Guarini provided Idol expertise for TV Guide and was continuing to work on his jazz-inspired music
Long story short, he's still a loser.

Ryan Starr
Who? Rock-loving season-one contestant
Career Peak: iTunes-only single "My Religion" sold like hotcakes, eventually hitting Number One on Billboard's Hot Digital Songs chart
Career Valley: An unflattering season of The Surreal Life, where she constantly made reference to how Idol tried to downplay her rocker personality
Currently: Played a show at L.A.'s Viper Room in December '07; rumors that she'll be starring in another reality show have yet to pan out

Ruben Studdard
Who? The Velvet Teddybear, season two's larger-than-life winner
Career Peak: 2003's Soulful, the only of Studdard's three albums to go platinum, earned him a Grammy nomination
Career Valley: Dropped from J Records in December 2007 after sluggish sales
Currently: In a holding pattern, promoting his 2006 album The Return
It must suck that people forget you won your season.

Clay Aiken
Who? Love-him-or-hate-him season-two second-place finisher
Career Peak: Built a nation of fanatical "Claymates" thanks to the Number One debut of his 2003 album Measure of a Man, which was followed by his New York Times best-selling book Learning to Sing: Finding the Music In Your Life
Career Valley: Though he has consistently denied rumors that he's gay, Aiken has become a gossip punching bag thanks to incidents like the March 2006 publication of suggestive webcam photos he allegedly sent to a male suitor
Currently: Starring on Broadway in Monty Python's Spamalot

He wants to gobble that mic down like a big black penis.

Diana DeGarmo
Who? The second-place yet still under-the-radar finisher from season three
Career Peak: Starred on Broadway in Hairspray from 2006 to 2007
Career Valley: Blue Skies, her debut album, opened at a weak fifty-two on the charts and has yet to go gold
Currently: Starting January 25th, DeGarmo will be competing on the CMT reality show Gone Country, where musicians attempt to carve a career in Nashville (Bobby Brown and Dee Snider are also on the series)

Fantasia Barrino
Who? Gravel-voiced winner of season three
Career Peak: First single "I Believe" debuted at Number One on Billboard's Hot 100, and the subsequent album led to four Grammy nominations; she also played herself on The Simpsons
Career Valley: A Lifetime movie based on her autobiograpy Life Is Not a Fairy Tale, which depicts her struggles as an illiterate single mom and how her life changed thanks to Idol
Currently: Earlier this month, she ended her run in the Oprah Winfrey-sponsored Broadway production The Color Purple

Jennifer Hudson
Who? Idol's best-known non-winner, Randy Jackson's wildcard pick for season three's top twelve
Career Peak: Took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Effie White in Dreamgirls; managed to out-shine Beyoncé in that film
Career Valley: Duets with Meatloaf on his Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose
Currently: First album has been delayed, but may be released this year; her acting slate includes an appearance in the Sex in the City movie, The Secret Life of Bees and Winged Creatures

Carrie Underwood
Who? Country darling who walked away with season four's crown
Career Peak: Her debut album Some Hearts rocketed to the top of Billboard's country charts at a record-breaking speed and helped her win trophies galore at the Grammys and American Music Awards
Career Valley: Plagued with the stigma of having dated the same guy as Jessica Simpson (Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo)
Currently: Headlining her own tour as well as co-headlining a trek with Keith Urban

Sanjaya Malakar
Who? The most divisive contestant in Idol history, this season-six finalist hung on despite awful reviews from the judges thanks to his boyish charm, rotating haircuts and the anti-Idol movement
Career Peak: Making thirteen-year-old fan Ashley Ferl bawl uncontrollably during his performance of "You Really Got Me"
Career Valley: Everything else
Currently: Waiting for another opportunity to bust out a ponyhawk

I left a bunch out, you can see them at the source.
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