Tuesday, February 21, 2006
7 News Features: Idol Worship
By now, we're starting to form our favorites for this year's American Idol. And in a few more weeks, many of these kids will be household names. But if you ever wondered what happened to the contestants from previous years, Louis Aguirre has an update.
WSVN--Louis Aguirre: "Reuben, Fantasia, Kelly, and Kimberly. We know them by their first names - they are the winners from seasons one through four. But as it turns out - they're not the only idols seeking fame and fortune."
You know what happened to these guys.
But what about the others? Their fellow contenders who thought American Idol was the beginning to a long and successful career.
Some have lived up to their promise.
Others are still working on it.
Jennifer Hudson from season three swore a hit album was in he future.
Jennifer Hudson: "I'm going to record an album and win 8-10 grammys off that one album."
Her convidence paid off even if that album is MIA.
Hudson will star in the motion picture Dreamgirls alongside Beyonce Noles, Jamie Foxx, and Eddie Murphy.
And she's not the only one who's caught the acting bug.
Diana Degarmo from season three is performing on a different stage.
She's joined the broadway cast of Hairspray.
Meanwhile, hearthrob Constantine from last year is shooting a sitcom based upon his life.
Kelsey Grammer is producing.
But Constantine hasn't given up on his music.
The rocker is back with his band - Pray for the Soul of Mary.
They even released a new CD and a schedule of tour dates.
And the TV Guide Channel liked season two's Kimberley Coldwell so much, she's now on their air. Reporting on things like American Idol
But some we thought we're most likely to succeed haven't lived up to the hype.
Remember how much Paula Abdul loved Latoya London
Listeners weren't so attached - her first album fell flat. Kimberly Lock, Josh Gracin, George Huff, and John Stevens also all released albums that got little recognition.
The pressure is now on for Anthony Federov. He's recording his first album and says he's obsessed with getting it right.
Anthony Federov: "Thats all I do is dream about it, its like a drug, I'm a zombie."
Maybe he's on to something.
If history's any indication, Idol can make you a household name but a long shelf life isn't always guaranteed.
One more Idol update: Remember Justin Guarini from season one? He's out in LA too.
Justin has acted in a few independent films and just finsihed producing his second album released through his own production company.
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