life after american idol
While some of his fellow 'American Idol' alums have struggled to carve out a successful career after the show, 2008 champion David Cook has made it look easy. The Blue Springs, Mo., singer-songwriter saw his debut album for RCA Records sell well over a million copies while garnering rave reviews from the music literati.
In this exclusive, Cook invited Popeater into Emblem Music recording studios in Calabasas, Calif., where he's working on his eagerly anticipated third album.
'American Idol' season 9 semi-finalist Alex Lambert is now homeless and living on the street, according to his Twitter account.
If we're to believe the unverified "TrueAlexLambert" is indeed the mullet-sporting Texas crooner, he's fallen on some pretty hard times after appearing on the web series 'If I Can Dream,' which was created by 'Idol' executive producer Simon Fuller.
"Ever since IICD ended I've been kinda homless! Sleepin on the street and behind buildings. I have a choice to stay and persue my career or go," tweeted @TrueAlexLambert.
Before we dive head first into the tenth and easily most controversial season of 'American Idol' yet (premiering Wed., Jan. 19, 8PM ET on Fox), let's take stock of where the greatest talent competition in television has been this last decade.
In this exclusive official retrospective video, 'American Idol' winners describing their incredible journeys, from their first auditions to their crowning moments to post-show stardom.
Then continue on for our favorite moments in 'Idol' history. The inspirational stories, the heartbreaking eliminations, the laughs, the tears, the pitchyness, Sanjaya and that dude who said he slept with Paula, it's all there.
'American Idol: The Untold Story' Book Author Richard Rushfield Talks Past 'Idol' Scandals, Backstage Divas and Season 10
Journalist and author Richard Rushfield's 'American Idol: The Untold Story' (Hyperion) hits stores today on the eve of the show's pivotal 10th season (Wed., Jan. 19, 8PM ET, Fox), with 'AI's' biggest star, Simon Cowell, gone, newbie judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler yet to prove themselves and fans' complaints about the lack of exciting contestants growing louder each of the last few seasons.
The must-read book breaks down every season of the show, as well as larger issues like the diva antics of everyone from Paula Abdul to Crystal Bowersox, the 'Idol' voting controversies, the rising star powers of Cowell and Ryan Seacrest and that whole Brian Dunkleman scandal, and reveals scoop you've never heard before.
We had a chance to talk about all this with the man who's had better access to 'American Idol' creator Simon Fuller, Cowell, producer Nigel Lythgoe, the cast, crew and contestants than pretty much any other journalist.
E!'s lining them up in 'Life After American Idol,' a new five-part series that premieres tonight (7PM ET) and airs for the next four nights, leading up to Tuesday's final performance show of the season (8PM ET) and the season 9 finale on Wednesday (8PM ET).
But don't cry for her. She's got a steakhouse, endorsement deals, a No.1 dance-chart album and a new beau (her 'Celebrity Fit Club' trainer, Harvey Walden IV).
Proof that losing on 'Idol' can still make you a winner. Click on to see the top 10 winningest 'Idol losers.
Votefortheworst.com asked its readers to vote for their list of the 10 biggest post-'American Idol' failures. They factored in how far each contestant got on the show, post-'Idol' success and how much promotion went into each career.
Who will be the No. 1 biggest 'AI' flop, according to VFTW readers? Read on to find out.
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