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

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]

  • Audif Jackson Winters III

    Holy cow, Blake Lewis teaming up with Darude? It’s like 2008 joined in an e-puddle with 1998.

  • Rube Goldberg

    Also add: Nikki McKibbin (3rd Place, Season 1) is one of the patients on VH1′s Celebrity Rehab.

  • Maura Johnston

    @Rube Goldberg: yeah, i watched an episode of that the other night. rough.

  • Tauwan

    Yeah can we talk about how average David Cook’s performances were. Pitchiness, bad sound levels, mediocre songs. I am not even a fan of the genre from which he is stunting, but I still stayed up with high hopes. I mean the man was entertaining more times than not during his stint on Idol. [Still like that Always Be My Baby performance] But on Saturday I literally wondered aloud “Wow, all those months in the studio, and you came out with this?”

  • Maura Johnston

    @Tauwan: He also sang well, which was not the case Saturday. It was sad to watch.

  • Tauwan

    @Maura Johnston:

    Hey, at least he looked pretty dapper right?

  • Audif Jackson Winters III

    Cook should just release an album of emo/neogrunge versions of 80s R&B ballads.