How about that performance with Keith Urban! I’m not sure if Kris sounded better than ever, or if that just happens when you’re standing beside Keith Urban. All in all, it was a star-studded, well done, very entertaining Idol finale’.
Have you ever wondered exactly how famous and successful some of the American Idol contestants are now that the show is over? Not just the winners – but the contestants who didn’t win, too.
I think all of us know that Carrie Underwood has definitely made a name for herself in the music industry – Forbes magazine has her ranked at No. 1 in the list of “how well former AI contestants are doing now.” Carrie made $14 million in 2008. That includes her endorsement deal with Vitamin Water. I love that television commercial with the little horses. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen her do any other tv ads though.
Check out the rest of this list of Idol contestants and see where they landed on the list.
No. 2 is Jennifer Hudson with earnings of $5 million. That makes sense. With a Grammy and an Oscar, and another movie in the works, I think Jennifer will remain on that list for a long time. I remember her year on Idol very well. I was one of the many who thought she was voted off too early. I was really wanting to hear more of her.
While Carrie has made the most money, she is still 400,000 albums behind Kelly Clarkson in album sales. Kelly, the first American Idol, is No. 3 on the list with $4.2 million. I’m sure it won’t take Carrie long to catch up in album sales. And, you have to remember, Kelly has been a ‘former Idol contestant’ for four years longer than Carrie. Carrie is ahead in the awards department though. She won a lot more awards than Kelly, including her four Grammy Awards. Carrie’s debut CD, “Some Hearts” remains the best selling album form an Idol winner with nearly 7 million copies sold.
Jordin Sparks was No. 4, earning $3.1 million.
Kellie Pickler came in at No. 5. I’m sure some people would be surprised to hear that. And I might have been one of them. But that was before I saw her concert last year at the Washington County Fair in Abingdon, Va. What a great show that was! She’s definitely come a long way since her American Idol days. And I would love to see her in concert again.
No. 6 is Clay Aiken at $2.2 million. He’s even done Broadway. I don’t know why I thought he would have been a little higher on the list.
No. 7 went to Chris Daughtry with $2 million; and No. 8, also with $2 million is David Cook, last year’s winner. David Archuleta, who finished in second place last year, is No. 9 – he had $1.3 million.
Ok , guys – remember Taylor Hicks? He just recently came out with a country song “Seven Mile Breakdown”. I guess because his career in pop (or whatever he was supposed to be) wasn’t working for him. Well, proof of that is the fact that Taylor only brought in $300,000 in 2008. That is $200,000 less than Carrie Underwood received for one performance at East Tennessee State University last year.
That’s it for the top 10. I wonder how far down that list Bucky Covington was. I really like him. And, since that list was just American Idol contestants, we don’t know how our former Nashville Star winners (and competitors) did.
We can all pretty much assume Miranda Lambert is high on a list of former Nashville Star kids. I think Chris Young is probably doing ok, too. I’m going to miss that show. I’m just a talent-type reality show junkie. Gee, I even miss Buddy Jewell – the first Nashville Star winner.
With a little of everything up here this morning, let me close with one of my favorite Bucky Covington performances, from his American Idol days. Here’s Bucky, with Gary Allen’s “The Best I Ever Had”.
That’s it for this morning. I have to get ready for work. I’ll talk to you guys soon – and this is Thursday. That’s e-mail night for me, so I’ll work on getting to all of your mail tonight. Thanks so much for writing. I just love it when that little thing pops up to let me know I have mail. Talk to you all soon!