132 ‘American Idol’ finalists later, some you may have forgotten

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    No talent competition TV show in the history of show business has made it possible for so many singers to ascend to stardom as “American Idol.” 

    Ever since the show made its debut in  2002, it has been a ratings bonanza although, without a doubt, some seasons have been much better than others. Season 9, for example, was a snoozer. Even some die-hard fans of the show dropped out mid-season (or sooner) for lack of interest. But “Idol”  redeemed itself in Season 10.

    Jennifer Hudson (Academy Award winner!), Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and Adam Lambert became huge stars, while many others, such as Fantasia Barrino, Jordin Sparks, Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Scotty McCreery, Kris Allen, Kimberley Locke, Melinda Doolittle, Kellie Pickler, Taylor Hicks, David Archuleta, La Toya London and Chris Daughtry continue to enjoy solid careers.

    But throughout the show’s history, there have been many finalists who had much potential but, for whatever reason, didn’t become the stars they had the potential to become, although quite a few have had moderate (or better) success.

    When the names of certain ones are mentioned and/or their faces are seen, the reaction from a lot of people is, “Oh yeah, I remember him!” or “Oh, I had forgotten about her.”

    Most likely you will say one or the other when you peruse the “American Idol” finalists assembled here. Some may yet make it really big. Such is the nature of show business.

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