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

noah | November 3, 2008 12:45 pm

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]