As said before, when it comes to American Idol, the champions are not the only ones who have their moment in the spotlight. As a matter of fact, many finalists have gathered enough exposure on AI to launch music careers on their own.
Because many record labels recognize their talent and their impressive work ethics, it isn’t a surprise that we hear of non-winners who are making their own marks in the music biz. Here are some more tidbits on successful AI finalists:
Perhaps it was the fifth season of American Idol that brought the most number of successful stars to the record industry. It seems that then winner Taylor Hicks has become overshadowed by some of his former competitors: Katharine McPhee, Elliot Yamin, Chris Daughtry, and Kellie Pickler to name a few, who each shone in their own genres, catering to millions of fan bases worldwide.
It’s hard to forget the sultry and beautiful Katharine McPhee, who emerged from the runner-up position in Season 5 and blossomed into a successful singer, actress, and product endorser. Katharine’s first launch was her self-titled album in 2007, which ranked number 2 on US charts, and brought the hits “Over It” and “Love Story.” In that same year, she became an endorser for Neutrogena. She also starred in the recent comedy, “The House Bunny” with Anna Faris.
The second runner-up for that season was Elliot Yamin, who has also made a name for himself as a singer and songwriter and active advocate for diabetes in the US. It was in 2007 when he released the album, “Elliot Yamin,” which reached number 3 in US album charts. His popular single was “Wait for You,” and it reached platinum status, becoming a huge hit in the US, Europe, and Asia.
Truly, AI has proven that dreams can come true for just about anybody. As of now, the public still anticipates even bigger hits and newer projects from these successful finalists.