Tonight’s American Idol showdown will determine the fates of Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez, the two contestants who have fought through the clutter of Idol hopefuls to make it to the top. If history tells us anything, both singers have a shot at fame, despite who takes the title. Anyone remember Taylor Hicks? Exactly. But we bet you have heard Season 5’s Chris Daughtry all over modern rock radio and seen Katherine McPhee star in NBC’s latest musical series, SMASH.
With Idol fever at an all-time high, including #1 debuts for Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” and Adam Lambert’s “Trespassing“, plus new releases from Haley Reinhart and Kris Allen this week, we rounded up some great Idol winners and even losers, all of which have found their niche (and a record deal), regardless of the ultimate broadcast victory.