When it comes to working in show business, the competition starts anew after graduating “American Idol.” How did these ambitious contestants fare?
American Idol alumni are not unlike a military platoon, a fraternity pledge class or the cast of the Real World – 12 (or 13 this year) seemingly random people experiencing both a traumatic and exultant event in their lives, and one that will most certainly set the course for their future. And that’s not meant in the flowery way. For an Idol finalist, whether he or she comes in second or tenth, the lifetime affiliation and all that comes with it — from adulation to annoyance — is the same.
In fact, for most Idol grads, the competition starts again following the finale, as with each passing season, another dozen great talents enter the marketplace armed with name recognition in the tens of millions and looking for TV bookings, record deals, tours, studio time, etc.
For the Idols that decide to remain in L.A. after the show — and a lot of them do — it means having to be extra resourceful, thick-skinned and an expert networker. Not surprisingly, they often look to each other for support, creative flow and just a general sense of familiar empathy, which is one reason why we thought, in honor of Idol’s tenth anniversary, to gather 30 Idol grads (well, technically 29 and one vocal coach) who not only made it to Hollywood, but resolved to stay and work in entertainment. You might be surprised at what some former cast-offs are doing now.
Follow the outline to locate the alums listed below.
16. David Archuleta
Currently Promoting his second album, The Other Side of Down.
Formerly Beloved Idol runner-up; Miranda Cosgrove’s crush on iCarly.
What he’s learned about show business since his time on Idol… “That I had what it took to do more than I thought I could.”
Source: The Hollywood Reporter