Even though American Idol has been on the air for far too many years, it still manages to produce countless celebrity sensations every year. Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and other American Idols have greatly contributed to the pop music industry over the past seven years. Season after season, we’ve learned that Idol contestants don’t have to win the show in order to have a successful entertainment career.
Say what you want about ex-Idol contestant, Sanjaya Malakar, but he’s been accomplished in the entertainment industry since being eliminated off Idol in 2007. He recently put out a memoir called Dancing to the Music in My Head, and he’s about to join Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt on the NBC summer reality show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here,” the celebrity version of Survivor.
Katharine McPhee, who lost the fifth season of Idol to Taylor Hicks, put out an album of her own and landed a key role in the 2008 House Bunny. Clay Aiken, season two runner-up, was ultimately more successful and popular than winner Ruben Studdard. Where the Hell is Ruben, anyway? Season five contestant, Kellie Pickler co-wrote her song with major country/pop artist, Taylor Swift.
Whether or not you like to watch American Idol, it stimulates the entertainment business.