With the season premiere of “American Idol” just days away (can you stand it?) we thought it’d be fun to catch up with the contestants that captivated your hearts — and your texting fingers — last season. We all know what’s happened to winner Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert, but what about Lil Rounds? Or Megan Joy? We’ve been keeping tabs on all 13 contestants!
After his win over heavily-favored Adam, Kris’ debut single, “No Boundaries,” was released on May 20, 2009 on iTunes, alongside Adam’s version. Kris’ version of the song debuted at No. 11 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for the week of May 29. Kris’ self-titled album was released on Nov. 17, 2009. After its first week of sales, the album debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 after selling just over 80,000 copies.
Though he came in second, Adam has led the Season 8 pack for controversy following his raunchy performance at the American Music Awards. His debut album, For Your Entertainment, found him working with music’s most sought after songwriters, including Lady Gaga. He performed a song on the 2012 soundtrack and won Young Hollywood Awards Artist of the Year and Teen Choice Awards Choice Male Reality/Variety Star.
Danny Gokey, who was encouaged to audition for “Idol” by his late wife, has spent most of his post-Idol time working on his debut album My Best Days due in March 2010. He’s also started a foundation foundation, Sophia’s Heart, which was set up to help disadvantaged children.
Considered a “dark horse” in the competition and oft compared to Kelly Clarkson, the 17-year-old high school senior placed 4th but still cut an album, produced by frequent Britney Spears producer, Max Martin. Just Like You was released in Dec. 2009 and underperformed, selling only 32,000 copies.
An audience favorite and adored by Joel Madden and Lady Gaga, Matt is set to host YOBI.tv’s “Make the Cut,” a reality contest for singers and vocalists. And he is scheduled to embark on his first tour at the end of January.
Look no further than Anoop Desai‘s Twitter for his latest whereabouts: “Couple interviews today, photo shoot for the website and album tomorrow…sleepy already but about to go to the Garden for a rangers game.” sounds like Anoop has a packed schedule. He also announced that his debut album would drop in April 2010.
After signing with Bungalo Records, Lil is working on an R&B and Jazz album slated to be released on Feb. 7 called It Was Only.
Scott MacIntyre was “Idol”‘s first visually impaired contestant, but he wowed audiences with his rendition of “Just The Way You Are” by Billy Joel. He released He released a post-Idol Christmas EP and studio album to iTunes and digital retailers in 2009.
At one point Megan performed on “Idol” sick with the flu and wowed Simon Cowell who told her “You should have the flu every week.” She recently announced via Twitter on Nov. 2 that she had recorded three songs so far. She uploaded two of her songs called “Feel Love” and “Incomplete” on her MySpace.
Michael Sarver recently tweeted that he has been signed to Dream Records/Universal Music Group and is releasing a country album in 2010.
After “Idol,” single momAlexis Grace stepped away from music and fell back into relative obscurity, though dedicated fans hold vigil that she returns to Twitter and the stage.
Though he hasn’t been offered a record deal, Jorge Núñez has done some post-Idol singing, with appearances on “The Ellen Degeneres Show” and “Live with Regis and Kelly.”He also sang the Puerto Rican national anthem at a recent boxing match.
The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen scholar was a student at the Mississippi School of the Arts when she auditioned for “Idol,” and she returned back to the school following the competition to complete her studies.
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