American Idol Season 7

A new season of American Idol  begins January 15, 2008. I can hardly wait; especially the first few weeks when we get to see the auditions.

I have to admit, I do feel bad for some of the contestants when they hear Simon Cowell’s scathing remarks. After six seasons, you would think they would know what to expect. I love how his new catch phrase is “Not to be rude, but…” and then he’ll say “….You look like a bush baby.” How exactly is that NOT rude?

According to Simon Cowell, “There’s more personality, better stories (and) it’s a better year.” Better than Season 6, which gave us Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis, not to mention the walking hair do called Sanjaya? That’s hard to believe, but when I look back I see that I love each seasons’ contestants more than the ones before.

Speaking of previous seasons’ contestants, what ever happened to…?

Kelly Clarkson (Winner Season 1) – After a bitter battle with her recording company, everybody made nice and Miss Independent released a new album My December and has been nominated for a 2008 Grammy

Justin Guarini (Runner Up Season 1) – Released an album in 2006: Stranger Things Have Happened and has appeared in various television and movie projects. Amazing after the dismal performance in From Justin to Kelly

Ryan Starr (Season 1) – Even though she finished 7th, she’s been voted one of the sexiest reality TV stars and used what her mama gave her to extend her career, with calendar, TV guest shots and even appearing on Season 3 of the Surreal Life.

Ruben Studdard (Winner Season 2) – He had to share the spot light with his little buddy, and was left in the shadow with less than stellar albums sells. Now he’s Broadway bound, starring in Ain’t Misbehavin’ with fellow Season 2 contestant, Frenchie Davis.

Clay Aiken (2) – Continues to enjoy moderate success despite a controversial reign thanks to his fanatical following the Claymanics, or Claymations or Claymitrons…Whatever.

Kimberley Locke (2) – Clay’s BFF has released her own album in addition to appearing on Celebrity Fit Club with Screech, Eek! That could make anyone lose their appetite.

Fantasia Barrino (Winner Season 3) – Fantasia received 3 Grammy nominations and she had a successful run in The Color of Purple on Broadway. It is almost enough to forget the dismal autobiographical bomb, a Lifetime movie.

Diana Degarmo (Runner Up Season 3) Performing in Hairspray

Jennifer Hudson (Season 3) Dreamgirl who won numerous awards including an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and a SAG Award

Carrie Underwood (Winner Season 4) – Carrie’s album “Some Hearts” was chosen as the Favorite Country Album and she was chosen as the Favorite Female Country Artist at 2007 American Music Awards. She was also one of People Magazine’s Top 100 Most Beautiful People of 2007.

Bo Bice (Runner Up Season 4) Fizzled when his first album The Real Thing was released, but seems to have redeemed himself second attempt See the Light. If not, I don’t think we’ll see Bo on Broadway, unless it’s in The Hank Williams Story: A Musical.

Corey Clark (4) – Released a CD in 2005 about the same time he went to the press with Paulagate, followed by his tell all book: “They Told Me to Tell the Truth, So … (The Sex, Lies and Paulatics of One of America’s Idols).” the longest title of a book based on the shortest career in history.

Taylor Hicks (Winner Season 5) – Was recently dropped by his label, even though his self-titled album, released in December 2006, sold a respectable 699,000 copies. Maybe Hicks’ diva demands caught up to him.
Katherine McPhee (Runner Up Season 5) – Was also given the boot by her bosses as RCA Records. Who cares, she’s hot. She was voted one of People Magazine’s Top 100 Most Beautiful People of 2007 and Maxim’s Hot 100 Women of 2007.

Elliott Yamin (5) – Not so hot, but this boy can sing. Wait For You, from his debut album made Billboard’s Top 20

Chris Daughtry (5) – Probably the most successful contestant from Season 5. Coming in fourth was a shock for all his fans, but they rallied and bought his self titled debut CD, making him one of the top-selling artists of 2007

Jordin Sparks (Winner 6) – The youngest contestant to win American Idol, she’s jut released her first self titled album, including a duo w/ Chris Brown, No Air. With that kind of celebrity backing, she’s well on her way to being one of the popular kids.

Blake Lewis (Runner Up 6) Just released his debut album, Audio Day Dreams, so the jury’s still out on his singing career. He may end up with a weird hidden camera show, where he dresses up in costume to punk celebs. Who knows?

Sanjaya Malakar (6) Speaking of dressing up in costume…Last seen moon walking down Hollywood Blvd. Well, it was either him or Michael Jackson.

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