by Lauren Koenigsberg
They all had one thing in common: when asked if they were the next American Idol, they all claimed that they would be. While some artists became successful such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Phillip Phillips, other finalists, and some winners’ fame was forgotten as fast as the judges changed.
Runner up to Carrie Underwood in season four, second-place contestant Bo Bice is now creating a new sound for himself as a Southern gospel singer. However, this is not Bice’s main priority; according to bobice.com, his wife recently gave birth to their fourth child, and views himself now as more of a “family man.”
After winning season 5, Taylor Hicks was dropped from his label in 2008. Some say that Hicks was an unsuccessful winner who was “replaced” by Chris Daughtry, who came in fourth place that season, and is widely recognized today. Hicks released his own album in 2008, and said that he understands that “every album can’t be a platinum album,” according to thedailybeast.com.
Coming in seventh place on season six, Sanjaya Malakar’s crazy hairdos captured America’s attention, rather than his singing. According to lifestylemag.com, he now lives in Queens and performs for small crowds at bars and restaurants. Though the judges, and America, may not have liked his voice back then, he is working on a self-produced album with a “more mature sound.”
For some artists, being on American Idol brought fame and success with their albums. Yet, for others, being on the show, and in some cases even winning the title of “American Idol,” did not do much.