Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Where will 'Idol' also-rans end up?



By Lauren Bishop
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Regardless of which one walks away with the American Idol crown tonight (8 p.m., Channels 19, 45), it's a pretty safe bet that both Fantasia Barrino and Diana DeGarmo will end up with singing careers. But what will become of the other Idol finalists after the curtain falls on their U.S. tour this summer? Here are our guesses:

George Huff: You can take the boy out of the church and put him in front of a national TV audience, but you can't take the church out of the boy. We think George has a calling as a televangelist.

Amy Adams: No American Idol contestant with pink hair has ever won the competition, but we think she's got a great career in hairdressing ahead of her.

Jennifer Hudson: Even her ouster from the show, which prompted an outcry from her fans, didn't get Jennifer down. She'd make a wonderful motivational speaker.

Jon Peter Lewis: So-so singer who could barely dance, he somehow amassed a sizable female fan base. He could make a killing appearing at tweens' birthday parties.

La Toya London: The contestant Simon Cowell once called the best singer in the competition left the Idol stage amid controversy, just like Jennifer Hudson and first-season contestant Tamyra Gray. They should think about forming a trio.

Matt Rogers: Maybe voters couldn't get past his football-player physique. Maybe he could be ESPN's first singing sportscaster.

John Stevens: This one's a no-brainer: He'll be a regular on the retirement home circuit.

Jasmine Trias: She has great style and a killer smile. Something about her just screams MTV VJ.

E-mail lbishop@enquirer.com




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