With the original Number Two, Justin. We're aren't making the peace sign, we're making the "Number Two" sign!
Do you remember the guy who was standing next to Carrie Underwood the night she won American Idol and her career essentially took off like a bat-out-of-hell? Probably not. How about the 17-year-old who tried, in vain, to stop the barreling train that was Fantasia Barrino on the Season 3 finale night? No? Yeah, not surprising. These two people (Bo Bice and Diana DiGarmo, by the way) never came close to having the careers that the Idol that beat them out have.
However, a few runner-ups have been able to crawl out of the pit of potential obscurity, and some have even surpassed the actual winner in popularity!
With Crystal Bowersox joining the list of American Idol number-twos, it causes us to wonder, whatever happened to those nine almost-winners? Some, like Musical God Adam Lambert, have gone on to have successful album sales and go on national tours, while others, such as poor beat-boxer Blake Lewis, are playing the chili cook-off/church carnival circuit.
What will be Crystal’s fate? In The Ashley’s opinion, losing ‘American Idol’ may have been the best thing that could have happened to her. We’ve all seen the crappy way that last year’s winner, Kris Allen, was promoted by the American Idol execs. (Um…he wasn’t.) However, “loser” Adam Lambert had the freedom to write his on ticket, his own way and do what he wanted and has become successful. He didn’t have the “Idol” chains that the winner had.
Crystal is eccentric like Adam and surely wouldn’t fit into the cookie-cutter ways of the American Idol. (Although I’m still praying for a “From Justin, to Kelly” revival movie starring Lee and Crystal!) If she follows Adam’s path, she could be very successful.
ABC News recently did a pretty cool “Where are they Now” article on the Idol runners-up, causing The Ashley to look a little deeper into what happened to these people. Here’s The Ashley’s look at who’s making money and who’s making hamburgers at McDonald’s!
The Original “Number 2,” Justin Guarini:
Justin was quick to jump on Kelly Clarkson’s coattails after she won the first American Idol title. Together, they brought us “From Justin to Kelly” and for months after that, whenever Kelly appeared on a TV show, Justin was being dragged behind her. Eventually, Kelly became a star and Justin, well…didn’t. He did pull himself out of the obscurity pit, however, by becoming an Idol news correspondent and appearing on the show Idol Tonight. While it’s not the fame and fortune Kelly Clarkson achieved, Justin was quick to see where his only meal ticket would come from, and he jumped on it. Musically, however, his CDs have been very disappointing, and he never lived up to Simon Cowell’s expectations of him.