As season 9 of American Idol gets underway, which previous winners have become bona fide stars — and which have been eclipsed by those who came in second?
Season 7: David Cook and David Archuleta
Winner: David Cook
In the week following Cook’s 2008 Idol victory, the sexy rocker from Missouri shattered records by debuting 11 songs in the Billboard Hot 100, and his debut album, Analog Heart, was certified platinum. He’s been a musical guest on Saturday Night Live and was invited to Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year Awards to serenade fan Hillary Clinton.
Runner Up: David Archuleta
The young singer’s self-titled debut album sold more than 900,000 copies worldwide. The baby-faced star has also capitalized on his tween fanbase, appearing on Nickelodeon’s iCarly and Disney’s Hannah Montana.
Will the real season 7 Idol please stand up?
Another tie: The numbers point to Cook, but ask any 12-year-old girl and she’d surely say Archuleta.
**** Editor’s note – iVillage confused — Cooks post AI album was “David Cook” – Analog Heart was a pre AI album – and it is very good by the way