American Idol alumni in film, television and theater

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This page lists only acting roles and other projects undertaken in film, television and theater in the post-Idol career of American Idol contestants. It does not include guest musical performances or interviews on TV shows, or any pre-Idol work. It is also not intended to be a comprehensive list of all acting roles, appearances, awards nominated or won by any particular alum. Where there are multiple entries, only the more significant may be listed. Please see the appropriate links and references for individual alum for such more complete lists.

Season 1[edit]

The first season of American Idol saw its first and only attempt at expanding the Idol franchise into the film industry. The winner Kelly Clarkson and runner-up Justin Guarini played the leads in the musical comedy, From Justin to Kelly, but the film failed both critically and at the box office.[1] No further film venture had been attempted in following seasons.

Justin Guarini has starred in several musical productions, including non-musical production of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet as Paris in 2013. He was the host of Idol Tonight and Idol Wrap on TVGN. Tamyra Gray has starred in several musical products including Rent in 2008. Jim Verraros has starred in a number of gay-theme films, while semi-finalist Kristin Holt has forged a career as TV show host.

Idol Contestant Film Television Theater
Kelly Clarkson[2]
(Winner)
Justin Guarini[4][5]
(Runner-up)
  • From Justin to Kelly (2003)
    as Justin Bell
    Nomimated Worst Actor (Razzie)
    [3]
  • Fast Girl (2008)
    as Darryl K. Sands
Nikki McKibbin[13]
(3rd place)
Tamyra Gray[14][15]

(4th place)

  • Bombay Dreams (2004–2005, Broadway)
    as Priya
    [16]
  • Rent (2007–2008, Broadway)
    as Mimi Marquez
  • Twist (2011, Regional)
    as Della
    [17]
Christina Christian[18]
(6th place)
  • Celia: The Queen (2008, documentary)
    as young Celia Cruz
Ryan Starr[19]
(7th place)
  • Ring of Darkness (2004, television film)
    as Stacy
  • What I Like About You (2003)
    as Pam (2 episodes)
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2003)
    as Sophia Renatta (Season 4, Episode 4)
  • The Surreal Life (2004)
    as herself (12 episodes)
  • Gimme My Reality Show! (2008)
    Contestant
    [20]
Jim Verraros[21]
(9th place)
Kristin Holt[22]

(Semi-finalist)

Season 2[edit]

The winner of season 2, Ruben Studdard, teamed up with the fifth-place finisher Trenyce and the disqualified semi-finalist Frenchie Davis to star in the touring production of Ain't Misbehavin', the recording of which won a Grammy nomination. The runner-up Clay Aiken enjoyed two successful stints in Broadway in the musical Spamalot. Frenchie Davis also had some success in Broadway, as did Hollywood round auditioner Josh Strickland who starred as Tarzan in musical of the same name.

Kimberley Locke and Kimberly Caldwell have both pursued a career as TV hosts aside from their music.

One auditioner, Amber Riley, starred on the television series Glee.

Idol Contestant Film Television Theater
Ruben Studdard[23]
(Winner)
  • Lifted (2010)
    as Pastor Johnson
Clay Aiken[27]
(Runner-up)
Kimberley Locke[30]
(3rd place)
Josh Gracin[31]
(4th place)
Trenyce[32]
(5th place)
  • Dreamgirls (2006, regional)[33]
    as Deena Jones
  • Love in the Nick of Tyme (2007, national tour)
    as Portia
    [34]
  • Ain't Misbehavin' (2008, national tour)[35]
    as Charlaine
    Nomimated - Best Musical Show Album (Grammy)[26]
  • Thriller – Live (2010–2011, London, European tour)
    Vocalist
    [36]
Carmen Rasmusen[37]
(6th place)
  • Fear Factor (2006)
    Contestant
Kimberly Caldwell[38]
(7th place)
Rickey Smith
(8th place)
  • OZ, the Musical (2009, national tour)
    as Tinman[41]
Corey Clark[42]
(9th, disqualified)
Vanessa Olivarez
(12th place)
  • Hairspray (2005, Toronto)[43]
    as Tracy Turnblad
    Nominated - Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Principal Role - Musical (Dora Award)[44]
Frenchie Davis[45][46]
(Semi-finalist)
  • We Are Family (2011)
    as JoJoDean
  • Dumbbells (2012)[47]
  • Rent (2003–2007, Broadway)
    as Mrs Jefferson and others
  • Ain’t Misbehavin' (2008, national)[25]
    Nomimated - Best Musical Show Album (Grammy)[26]
Ashley Hartman[49]
(Semi-finalist)
  • Abominable (2006)
    as Karen Herdberger
  • The O.C. (2003-2007)
    as Holly Fischer (9 episodes)
  • Victoria Secret TV (2008)
    Host
  • The Grammy's Style Studio (2009-2010)
    Host
Josh Strickland[50][51]
(Hollywood round)
Bryan Washington
(auditioner)
Amber Riley
(auditioner)

Season 3[edit]

Season 3's seventh-place finisher, Jennifer Hudson, became the most successful actress to have emerged from American Idol when she landed a part in the film adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls, and subsequently won a number of major awards as supporting actress including an Oscar. She has since also starred in a number of major films, including Sex and the City.

The winner Fantasia enjoyed a critically and commercially successful stint in musical theater when she starred in The Color Purple.[55] She also had her own TV show and is expanding into film. The runner-up Diana DeGarmo also found success in musical theater starring in Broadway musicals such as Hair and Hairspray. Eleventh-place finisher Matthew Rogers has a steady career as a TV show host. Alan Ritchson who was heavily featured in the audition and Hollywood rounds pursued a career as a TV and film actor, while auditioner William Hung briefly landed some acting roles due to his exposure on the show.

Idol Contestant Film Television Theater
Fantasia Barrino[56]

(Winner)

Diana DeGarmo[58][59]
(Runner-up)
  • The First Ride of Wyatt Earp (2012)
    as Dora Hand
Jasmine Trias
(3rd place)[65]
  • North Shore (2004)
    as herself (1 episode)
  • Your Song (2006–2007)
    as Charry and Joanne (2 episodes)
LaToya London
(4th place)
  • Issues, We All Got 'Em (2006, national tour)
    as Chastity
    [66]
  • Beehive (2006, regional)[67])
    Nominated Ensemble Performance (LADCC Awards[68]
  • The Color Purple (2007–2010, national tour)
    as Nettie
    [69]
    Nominated - Best supporting female - Equity (NAACP Theatre Awards)[70]
Jennifer Hudson[71][72]

(7th place)

  • Jennifer Hudson: I'll Be Home for Christmas (2009)
    Host
  • Majors & Minors (2011)
    Mentor
    [75]
  • Smash (2013)
    as Veronica Moore
  • Empire (2015)
    as Michelle White
  • Confirmation (2016)
    as Angela Wright
Jon Peter Lewis
(8th place)
Amy Adams
(10th place)
Matthew Rogers[78]
(11th place)
Matthew Metzger[79]
(Semi-finalist)
Katie Webber[80]
(Semi-finalist)
Alan Ritchson[82]
(Hollywood rounds)
William Hung[83]
(Auditioner)
  • Where's Mama's Boy? (2005)
    as the godson
  • Chinaman's Chance (2008)
    as Ting

Season 4[edit]

A number of season 4 Idol alumni such as Anthony Fedorov have been involved in musical theater, but the most successful is the sixth-place finisher Constantine Maroulis. Maroulis has been active on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in Rock of Ages.[84] The winner Carrie Underwood made her acting debut in a film by starring in Soul Surfer.[85]

Idol Contestant Film Television Theater
Carrie Underwood[86]
(Winner)
Vonzell Solomon[88]
(3rd place)
  • Simply Ballroom (2008, national tour)
    Vocalist
    [89]
  • OZ, the Musical (2009, national tour)
    as Glinda/Aunt Em
    [41]
  • Burn the Floor (2010–2011)[90]
    Vocalist
Anthony Fedorov[91]
(4th place)
Scott Savol
(5th place)
  • OZ, the Musical (2009, national tour)
    as Lion
    [41]
  • The Lord Will Make A Way (2009–2010, national tour)[97]
Constantine Maroulis[98][99]
(6th place)
Anwar Robinson[104]
(7th place)
  • Friends & Lovers: The Ski Trip 2 (2008)
    as Owen
  • Friends and Lovers (2010)
    as Owen
  • Rent (2007–2008, national tour)
    as Tom Collins
    [105]
Nadia Turner[106]
(8th place)
  • Lord Help Us (2007)
    as Kayla Brooks
Nikko Smith[107]
(9th place)
  • The Agonist
Jessica Sierra[108]
(10th place)
  • Jessica Sierra Superstar (2007, adult)
    as herself
    [109]
Mikalah Gordon[110]
(11th place)
  • OZ, the Musical (2009, national tour)
    as Dorothy
    [41]
Melissa Lawson
(Hollywood rounds)

Season 5[edit]

The season 5 runner-up Katharine McPhee has established a career as a film and TV actress, and starred in the TV series Smash. Eleventh-placed finisher Kevin Covais also has a steady career as actor with many acting roles in film and TV. Other Season 5 contestants who also pursued an acting career include Lisa Tucker. The winner Taylor Hicks had enjoyed a stint in theater, while seventh-place finisher Ace Young also had had a couple of major acting roles in Broadway.

Idol Contestant Film Television Theater
Taylor Hicks[112]
(Winner)
  • Grease (2008–2009, Broadway and national tour)
    as Teen Angel
    [113]
Katharine McPhee[114]
(Runner-up)
  • CSI: NY (2009)
    as Dana Melton/Odessa Shaw (Season 5, episode 20)
  • Community (2009)
    as Amber (Season 1, episode 18)
  • Smash (2012-2013)
    as Karen Cartwright
  • Scorpion (2014–present)
    as Paige Dineen
Elliott Yamin[115]
(3rd place)
  • The Bold and the Beautiful (2007)
    as himself
  • Lincoln Heights (2007)
    as himself (Season 2, episode 3)
Chris Daughtry[116]
(4th place)
Paris Bennett[117]
(5th place)
Kellie Pickler
(6th place)
Ace Young[120][121]
(7th place)
  • Section B (2011)
    as Ryan
  • Grease (2008–2010)
    as Kenickie (Broadway), Danny Zuko (National Tour)
    [122]
  • Hair (2010, Broadway)
    as Berger
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2014)
    as Joseph
    [63]
Lisa Tucker[123]
(10th place)
  • The Hustle (2008)
    as Keisha
  • Zoey 101 (2007–2008)
    as Pucci (Season 3-4, 5 episodes)
  • The Game (2009)
    as Lisa Perkins (Season 3, 3 episodes)
  • The Vampire Diaries (2011)
    as Greta Martin (Season 2, 3 episodes)
Kevin Covais[124]
(11th place)
Ayla Brown[125]
(Semi-finalist)
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2008)
    as The Narrator
    [127]
Kinnik Sky[128]
(Semi-finalist)
  • House of Payne (2008)
    as Nurse Jones
  • Hard Rock Cafe Presents (2011)
    Host
Becky O'Donohue[129]
(Semi-finalist)
Brianna Taylor[131]
(Hollywood rounds)
Jes Hudak[132]
(Hollywood rounds)

Season 6[edit]

The winner Jordin Sparks has taken roles both in theater and film. She appeared opposite Whitney Houston is the film Sparkle.[134] Semifinalist Jared Cotter has worked as a host for a number of TV shows.

Idol Contestant Film Television Theater
Jordin Sparks[135][136]
(Winner)
Blake Lewis[138]
(Runner-up)
LaKisha Jones[140]
(4th place)
  • The Color Purple (2007–2008, Broadway)
    as Sofia and church soloist
Sanjaya Malakar[142]
(7th place)
  • Freckleface Strawberry (2011, off-Broadway)
    as Danny
    [144]
Gina Glocksen[145]
(9th place)
  • Ballroom with a Twist (2011, national tour)
    Vocalist
    [146]
Chris Sligh[147]
(10th place)
Brandon Rogers[148]
(12th place)
  • Missing Audrey (2010)
    as Ben
  • Bones (2008)
    as Broadway wanna-be (Season 3, episode 14)
  • Valley Peaks (2009, web TV)
    as Matt
Sabrina Sloan[149][150]
(Semi-finalist)
  • Gulls (2008, regional)
    as Nina
    [151]
  • Princess and the Black Eyed Pea (2008, regional)
    as Princess Quelie
    [152]
  • Dreamgirls (2008, regional)
    as Lorrell Robinson
    [153]
  • Rent (2009, regional)
    as Mimi
    [154]
  • Catch Me If You Can (2011, Broadway)
    Ensemble
Jared Cotter[155]
(Semi-finalist)

Season 7[edit]

Idol Contestant Film Television Theater
David Cook[158]
(Winner)
  • Best Week Ever (2008)
    as himself (2 episodes)
    [159]
  • Free Radio (2009)
    as himself (Season 2, episode 2)
  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2010)
    as himself
David Archuleta[160]
(Runner-up)
Syesha Mercado[162][163]
(3rd place)
  • Dreams (2011)
    as Mia
Jason Castro[167]
(4th place)
  • The Bold and the Beautiful (2010)
    as himself (2 episodes)
Brooke White[168]
(5th place)
  • Change of Plans (2011, television film)
    as Sally Danville
    [169]
  • Banner 4 July (2013, television film)
    as Desiree
Carly Smithson[170]
(6th place)
  • Hell's Kitchen (2010)
    as herself
Kristy Lee Cook[172]
(7th place)
  • Outdoor's 10 Best (2010)
    Host
    [173]
  • Wanted: Adventure Host (2010)
    Judge
  • Goin' Country (2011)
    Host
Chikezie[174]
(10th place)
David Hernandez
(12th place)
  • Ballroom with a Twist (2009–2011, national tour)
    Vocalist
    [176]
  • Dancing Queen (2012, regional)[177]
Colton Swon
(Hollywood)
  • The Voice (2013)
    Third place (as part of The Swon Brothers)

Season 8[edit]

Idol Contestant Film Television Theater
Kris Allen[178]
(Winner)
Adam Lambert[181]
(Runner-up)
Danny Gokey[186]
(3rd place)
  • Truth Be Told (2011)
    as himself
Alexis Grace
(11th place)
Jackie Tohn[188]
(Semi-finalist)
  • Monster of the House (2011, television film)
    as Jackie
  • Memphis Beat (2010)
    as Delilah Boswell (1 episode)
  • For a Green Card (2010–2011)
    as Jackie
  • CSI: NY (2011)
    as Ainsley McCrea (1 episode)
  • Platinum Hit (2011)
    Contestant
    [189]
Arianna Afsar
(Semi-Finals)
Jamar Rogers
(Hollywood rounds)
John Twiford
(Hollywood rounds)

Season 9[edit]

Idol Contestant Film Television Theater
Lee DeWyze
(Winner)
  • Hell's Kitchen (2012)
    as himself
Crystal Bowersox
(Runner-up)
  • Always…Patsy Cline (2013)
    as Patsy Cline
    [192]
Siobhan Magnus
(6th place)
Katie Stevens
(8th place)
Paige Miles
(11th place)
  • Beehive - the 60s Musical (2011)[195]
Alex Lambert[196]
(semi-finalist)
Todrick Hall
(Semi-finalist)
Jermaine Sellers[202]
(Semi-finalist)
  • Leave It on the Floor (2011)
    as Dancer
John Park
(Semi-finalist)
Chris Golightly
(Semi-finalist)
Luke Edgemon
(Hollywood rounds)
  • Glee (2011)
    as Flint Wilson (Warblers)
    [205]
  • The Voice (2013)
    Contestant
Samuel Larsen[206]
(Hollywood rounds)
Tori Kelly
(Hollywood rounds)
  • Sing (2016)
    as Menna

Season 10[edit]

Idol Contestant Film Television Theater
Haley Reinhart
(3rd place)
  • 90210 (2011)
    as herself
    [208]
  • Hell's Kitchen (2012)
    as herself
James Durbin
(4th place)
Stefano Langone
(7th place)
  • Dr. Drew's Lifechangers (2011)
    as himself
    [210]
Paul McDonald
(8th Place)
Pia Toscano
(9th Place)
Carson Higgins
(Hollywood rounds)
  • The Columbine Project (2011, regional)[214]
Caitlin Koch
(Hollywood rounds)
Erika Schiff[216]
(Hollywood rounds)

Season 11[edit]

Idol Contestant Film Television Theater
Jessica Sanchez
(Runner-up)[217]
  • Glee (2013)
    as Frida Romero
Heejun Han
(9th place)

Season 12[edit]

Idol Contestant Film Television Theater
Alex Kinsey
(Hollywood)

References[edit]

  1. ^ American Idol' movie 'From Justin to Kelly' flops on opening weekend
  2. ^ IMDb - Kelly Clarkson
  3. ^ a b The 24th Annual RAZZIE® Awards
  4. ^ IMDb - Justin Guarini
  5. ^ IBDB - Justin Guarini
  6. ^ a b Justin Guarini joins Idol Tonight
  7. ^ a b 'Idol Chat' to gab no more?
  8. ^ Sketched Out TV
  9. ^ Guarini to star in 'Good Vibrations'
  10. ^ Full Cast Announced for Justin Guarini-Led RENT at Surflight
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ [2]
  13. ^ IMDb - Nikki McKibbin
  14. ^ IMDb - Tamyra Gray
  15. ^ IBDB - Tamyra Gray
  16. ^ Neon lights are bright on Broadway for 'Idol' stars
  17. ^ Tamyra Gray & Cleavant Derricks Lead TWIST Musical at Pasadena Playhouse this Summer
  18. ^ IMDb - Christina Christian
  19. ^ IMDb - Ryan Starr
  20. ^ Fox Announces The Cast for "Gimme My Reality Show!"
  21. ^ IMDb - Jim Verraros
  22. ^ IMDb - Kristin Holt
  23. ^ IMDb - Ruben Studdard
  24. ^ Ruben Studdard Will Compete on The Biggest Loser Retrieved July 1, 2013
  25. ^ a b Ruben Studdard, Frenchie Davis to Tour in Ain't Misbehavin'
  26. ^ a b c West Side Story Cast Album Wins Grammy Award
  27. ^ IMDb - Clay Aiken
  28. ^ Clay Aiken Headed Back to Broadway in Spamalot
  29. ^ Clay Aiken Will Star in Ogunquit Playhouse's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  30. ^ IMDb - Kimberley Locke
  31. ^ IMDb - Josh Gracin
  32. ^ IMDb - Trenyce
  33. ^ Indiana Black Expo Presents Trenyce in the Broadway Musical
  34. ^ Variety - Love in the Nick of Tyme
  35. ^ Trenyce talks about ‘Misbehavin’ and Grammy nod
  36. ^ Thriller Live - 1,000th Performance
  37. ^ IMDb - Carmen Rasmusen
  38. ^ IMDb - Kimberly Caldwell
  39. ^ Rock N Roll with Kimberly Caldwell!
  40. ^ Oxygen Moves Season Premiere of "Best Ink" to Tuesday, March 27 at 10PM ET/PT
  41. ^ a b c d Vonzell Stars in Oz the Musical
  42. ^ IMDb - Corey Clark
  43. ^ Good Morning, Toronto: "American Idol" Veteran Olivarez Stars in Canadian Bow of Hairspray, Starting April 8
  44. ^ CanStage's Urinetown and Canadian Hairspray Among Dora Nominees in Toronto; Former "Idol" Singer Nominated
  45. ^ IMDb - Frenchie Davis
  46. ^ IBDB - Frenchie Davis
  47. ^ 'The Voice's' Frenchie Davis to Make Feature Film Debut in 'Dumbbells'
  48. ^ Frenchie Davis returns! 'Idol' castoff passes blind audition on NBC's 'The Voice'
  49. ^ IMDb - Ashley Hartman
  50. ^ IMDb - Josh Strickland
  51. ^ IBDB - Josh Strickland
  52. ^ Mayes and Strickland To Star In 'Play It Cool' At NYMF
  53. ^ 5 Questions with 'Holly's World' star Josh Strickland
  54. ^ Dancing With the Stars Season 17 Cast Announced: Leah Remini, Valerie Harper, Jack Osbourne and Amber Riley to Compete
  55. ^ 'The Color Purple' Ends Broadway Run Weeks After Fantasia's Exit; Movie Version May Be On The Way
  56. ^ IMDb - Fantasia Barrino
  57. ^ Theatre World Awards
  58. ^ IMDb - Diana DeGarmo
  59. ^ Broadway World - Diana DeGarmo
  60. ^ Exclusive: American Idol Vet Diana DeGarmo Joins The Young and the Restless
  61. ^ a b Ex-Y&R's Diana DeGarmo And Ace Young Co-Host Planet 360
  62. ^ Diana DeGarmo Tweets Her Casting in 9 to 5 National Tour
  63. ^ a b 'American Idol' Sweethearts Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo Team Up for 'Technicolor' Love
  64. ^ Diana Degarmo Begins Performances with THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES Broadway World, Retrieved May 25, 2016
  65. ^ IMDb - Jasmine Trias
  66. ^ Issues: We All Got ‘em
  67. ^ LaToya London to Sport a 'Beehive' in LA, 9/24-10/8
  68. ^ L.A. Drama Critics pick favorites
  69. ^ Jeanette Bayardelle, LaToya London & Michelle Williams to Star in Color Purple Tour
  70. ^ NAAP Theater Award Nominees 2008
  71. ^ IMDb - Jennifer Hudson
  72. ^ IBDB - Jennifer Hudson
  73. ^ Jennifer Hudson wins Oscar for 'Dreamgirls
  74. ^ Jennifer Hudson is reunited with her Bafta award on The Graham Norton Show... FIVE YEARS after it was lost in the post
  75. ^ a b c Jennifer Hudson Headed To ‘Majors & Minors’
  76. ^ American Idol's Jennifer Hudson Added to Hair
  77. ^ Patrick Cassidy and Amy Adams Headline Joseph National Tour
  78. ^ IMDb - Matthew Roger
  79. ^ IMDb - Matthew Metzger
  80. ^ IBDB - Katie Webber
  81. ^ Wicked Broadway Cast Name listed as Katie Weber in film
  82. ^ IMDb - Alan Ritchson
  83. ^ IMDb - William Hung
  84. ^ a b Tony noms react: 'Billy Elliot' dominates, Constantine Maroulis surprises
  85. ^ Carrie Underwood Opens Up About 'Soul Surfer' Acting Debut
  86. ^ IMDb - Carrie Underwood
  87. ^ Carrie Underwood 'Worms' Her Way Onto 'Sesame Street'
  88. ^ IMDb - Vonzell Solomon
  89. ^ Anthony Fedorov & Vonzell Solomon On "Simply Ballroom"
  90. ^ "American Idol" Finalist Vonzell Solomon to Join Touring Cast of Burn the Floor
  91. ^ IMDb - Anthony Fedorov
  92. ^ Photo Flash: Anthony Fedorov in The Fantasticks
  93. ^ 5th Avenue's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with Fedorov, Begins Oct. 10
  94. ^ 'American Idol' Alum Anthony Fedorov in Tokyo: 'It's Pretty Crazy Out Here'
  95. ^ 'American Idol' Alum Anthony Fedorov: How Starring in 'Rent' is Bringing Him to 'A Better Place Emotionally'
  96. ^ PHOTO CALL: Ben Davis, Anthony Fedorov, Elena Shaddow, Chelsea Stock Star in Paper Mill's Sound of Music
  97. ^ 2009 The Lord Will Make A Way
  98. ^ IMDBb - Constantine Maroulis
  99. ^ IBDB - Constantine Maroulis
  100. ^ 'Rock Of Ages' Stage Star Constantine Maroulis Joins The Movie Version
  101. ^ Constantine Maroulis is Alive and Well and Living at the Zipper
  102. ^ The Toxic Avenger aims for laughs and relevance
  103. ^ BREAKING NEWS: Constantine Maroulis to Star in Broadway-Bound Jeff Calhoun Helmed JEKYLL & HYDE Tour
  104. ^ IMDb - Anwar Robinson
  105. ^ "Idol" Finalists Will Join Rent Tour This Fall
  106. ^ IMDb - Nadia Turner
  107. ^ IMDb - Nikko Smith
  108. ^ IMDb - Jessica Sierra
  109. ^ New "Idol" Sex Tape: It Gets Worse for Sierra
  110. ^ IMDb - Mikalah Gordon
  111. ^ 'Nashville Star' Melissa Lawson on her 'Idol' past, Katie Cook's cleavage, and that songwriting controversy
  112. ^ IBDB - Taylor Hicks
  113. ^ Taylor Hicks Signs On for National Tour of Grease
  114. ^ IMDb - Katharine McPhee
  115. ^ IMDb - Elliott Yamin
  116. ^ IMDb - Chris Daughtry
  117. ^ IMDb - Paris Bennett
  118. ^ Kellie Pickler to make acting debut on '90210'
  119. ^ Kellie Pickler joins 'Dancing With the Stars' cast
  120. ^ IMDb - Ace Young
  121. ^ IBDB - Ace Young
  122. ^ Ace Young to Hit the Road as Danny Zuko in Grease
  123. ^ IMDb - Lisa Tucker
  124. ^ IMDb - Kevin Covais
  125. ^ IMDb - Ayla Brown
  126. ^ Ayla Brown, Scott Brown's Daughter, Gets CBS 'Early Show' Job
  127. ^ Ayla Brown: from American Idol to a Technicolor Dreamcoat
  128. ^ IMDb - Kinnik Sky
  129. ^ IMDb - Becky O'Donohue
  130. ^ MTV to debut new Becky O'Donohue-hosted 'Trick It Out' series July 22
  131. ^ IMDb - Brianna Taylor
  132. ^ IMDb - Jes Hudak
  133. ^ Former American Idol Judge Kara DioGuardi to Return on Bravo
  134. ^ Whitney Houston in Talks to Star in Music-Themed Drama 'Sparkle' (Exclusive)
  135. ^ IMDb - Jordin Sparks
  136. ^ IBDB - Jordin Sparks
  137. ^ Jordin Sparks Lends Her Voice to Team Umizoomi "Legend of the Blue Mermaid"
  138. ^ IMDb - Blake Lewis
  139. ^ Blake Lewis in Anime Series Durarara
  140. ^ IBDB - LaKisha Jones
  141. ^ American Idol Alum LaKisha Jones Competes on The Winner Is
  142. ^ IMDb - Sanjaya Malakar
  143. ^ Sanjaya Hosts TV Guide’s Idol Stars: Where Are They Now
  144. ^ BWW Interviews: FRECKLEFACE's Newest STRAWBERRY Team Member, Sanjaya Malakar
  145. ^ IMDb - Gina Glocksen
  146. ^ Dish Of Salt: Gina Glocksen & David Hernandez Bring ‘Ballroom With A Twist’ To Los Angeles
  147. ^ IMDb - Chris Sligh
  148. ^ IMDb - Brandon Rogers
  149. ^ IMDb - Sabrina Sloan
  150. ^ IBDB - Sabrina Sloan
  151. ^ Gulls
  152. ^ BWW TV: Upright's West Side Stories: 'Princess and the Black Eyed Pea'
  153. ^ REVIEW: 'Dreamgirls' returns in first-rate production
  154. ^ REVIEW: Regional Premiere of RENT Rocks Long Beach (ends 12/20)
  155. ^ IMDb - Jared Cotter
  156. ^ Jared Cotter — Updates
  157. ^ Greeley scholars match wits against White Plains’ best on academic quiz show
  158. ^ IMDb - David Cook
  159. ^ Is David Cook Having the Best Year Ever?
  160. ^ IMDb - David Archuleta
  161. ^ David Archuleta previews miniseries theme
  162. ^ IMDb - Syesha Mercado
  163. ^ broadwayworld.com - Syesha Mercado
  164. ^ Syesha Mercado and the original Dreamgirls celebrate opening night at the Ahmanson
  165. ^ Once On This Island, With Syesha Mercado, Darius de Haas, Saycon Sengbloh, Opens at Paper Mill June 3
  166. ^ "American Idol" Finalist Syesha Mercado Joins Chicago Production of The Book of Mormon
  167. ^ IMDb - Jason Castro
  168. ^ IMDb - Brooke White
  169. ^ 'Change of Plans' starring 'American Idol' alum Brooke White: Squeaky clean TV makes a comeback!
  170. ^ IMDb - Carly Smithson
  171. ^ 'Idol' singer Carly Smithson juggling 'Viva Elvis,' new band duties
  172. ^ IMDb - Kristy Lee Cook
  173. ^ Kristy Lee Cook To Host New TV Show On Outdoor Channel
  174. ^ IMDb - Chikezie Eze
  175. ^ idolnow Twitter
  176. ^ Ballroom with a Twist to Feature Chaplin, Hightower, Roberts, Hernandez and More; Eden Hosts
  177. ^ Hey Ladies . . .
  178. ^ IMDb - Kris Allen
  179. ^ YouTube Best Week Ever
  180. ^ Kris Allen's Career Grows 'Gigantic' With First Acting Role
  181. ^ IMDb - Adam Lambert
  182. ^ Adam Lambert expanding fashion show portfolio beyond just ‘Project Runway’
  183. ^ Adam Lambert to Guest Star on 'Pretty Little Liars'
  184. ^ Adam Lambert 'Glee' Season 5
  185. ^ Nellie Andreeva (January 14, 2016). "Adam Lambert To Play Eddie In ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Fox TV Remake". Deadline. 
  186. ^ IMDb - Danny Gokey
  187. ^ Theater review: Pursuit of 'Chicago' pays off with classy, stylish staging
  188. ^ IMDb - Jackie Tohn
  189. ^ Jackie Tohn To Avenge Her 'Idol' Elimination On Kara DioGuardi's New Show
  190. ^ ‘Voice’ Standout Jamar Rogers Discusses His Past with HIV, Addiction & ‘Idol’
  191. ^ Crystal Bowersox Turns to Acting
  192. ^ 'American Idol' Alum Crystal Bowersox to Play Patsy Cline on Broadway
  193. ^ 'American Idol' Alum Siobhan Magnus Makes Vocal Cameo for Local Musical (Video)
  194. ^ American Idol' Contestant Katie Stevens Starring In MTV Sitcom
  195. ^ Paige Miles Debuts New Single LUCKY @ TheatreZone's 'Beehive -- the 60s Musical!'
  196. ^ IMDb - Alex Lambert
  197. ^ Alex Lambert joins 'If I Can Dream'...will American Idol's loss be Web series' gain?
  198. ^ 'American Idol' Alum Todrick Hall Makes 'X Factor' Debut
  199. ^ a b Michele Amabile Angermiller (March 24, 2016). "Todrick Hall Talks Turning His 15 Minutes of 'Idol' Fame Into a Career". Billboard. 
  200. ^ Photo Coverage: American Idols Visit Todrick Hall in HAIRSPRAY
  201. ^ American Idol Semi-Finalist Todrick Hall Back on Broadway in Memphis
  202. ^ IMDb - Jermaine Sellers
  203. ^ John Park finishes second in 'Superstar K'
  204. ^ Superstar K3- Episode 3 & 4
  205. ^ Massey Hill graduate Luke Edgemon will be full of 'Glee' after Super Bowl
  206. ^ IMDb - Samuel Larsen
  207. ^ First Look: Samuel Larsen Returns to The Glee Project! Which Contestant Is Crushing on Him?
  208. ^ '90210': Dixon Gets A Chance To Perform With "American Idol" Alum Haley Reinhart (VIDEO)
  209. ^ American Idol James Durbin's Documentary Role
  210. ^ a b Thursday thread: James Durbin, Stefano Langone, Katharine McPhee and more
  211. ^ James Durbin weds on New Year's Eve
  212. ^ Parenthood Exclusive: American Idol's Paul McDonald Cast as [Spoiler]'s New Crush Interest
  213. ^ Juzwiak, Rich (July 29, 2011). "Pia Toscano to Perform on So You Think You Can Dance". TV Guide. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  214. ^ "American Idol" Contestant Carson Higgins Cast in The Columbine Project
  215. ^ CAITLIN KOCH IMPRESSES WITH ‘STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE’ ON ‘X FACTOR’
  216. ^ Erika Schiff
  217. ^ IMDb - Jessica Sanchez
  218. ^ "Heejun Han from 'American Idol' starts fresh on 'K-Pop Star 3'". allkpop. November 24, 2013. 
  219. ^ "Alex Kinsey: Road To Hollywood Interviews". January 17, 2013. 

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