What Your “American Idol” Also-Rans Are Up To: A Guide

By: Maura / November 3, 2008

Sure, this weekend saw reigning American Idol champ continue Saturday Night Live’s run of making even the most technically proficient musicians sound like they were plucked from some third-tier cover band night right before they went onstage. And the whole Jennifer Hudson tragedy is stomach-churningly sad, although Hudson herself is apparently “staying very, very strong.” With that in mind, here’s what other members of the Idol extended family are up to these days…

• Season Three runner-up Diana DeGarmo is “now involved” with the wrestling outfit TNA, and making awkward appearances on Howard Stern’s Sirius show that involve her being asked out by midgets. [ProWrestling.Net]
• Season Six runner-up Blake Lewis is recording covers of A Flock Of Seagulls that are subsequently mixed very awkwardly. (There’s no beatboxing, either, although the cover is so bad that I’m starting to think the beatboxing might have helped.) [rickey.org]
• Season Six third-place finisher Melinda Doolittle finally has an album coming out, and it’s apparently pretty good! [Idol Chatter]
• Season Five runner-up Chris Daughtry is going to be on Oprah tomorrow. In honor of Election Day… even though he’s a prime example of someone not winning an election, yet going on to become a preferred candidate. Yeah, I don’t know, either. [Daughtry Official]
• The liner notes appended to David Archuleta’s forthcoming album clock in at 3,500 words. Maybe he’s gearing up for NaNoWriMo? [PopWatch]