An American Idol winner (season 8's Kris Allen), two runners up (season 6's Blake Lewis and season 7's David Archuleta) a Top 3 finalist (season 5's Elliott Yamin ), a fourth (season 8's Allison Iraheta) and a seventh place contestant (season 2's Kimberly Caldwell) prove that with an Idol degree, your career options are wide open.
Two American Idol finalists are better than one. No wonder Ace Young (season 5) and Kimberley Locke (season 2) teamed up for music projects. When not goofing off for the THR camera, they talk about their season 10 favorites and what they learned from being on the show.
The Lauren Alaina of her time (at least in Idol age), season 3's Diana DeGarmo has officially graduated to the Broadway stage, appearing in Hair, currently on tour with 9 to 5, and soon to appear at the Hollywood Bowl in a three-night run of Hairspray starring original cast members Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur.
Season 3 contestant Matthew Rogers tells THR about hosting the Lifetime show Coming Home and how he could take on Jersey Shore's The Situation.
Season 9 contestant and recent L.A. transplant Tim Urban talks about his post-show plans and is encouraged by the local Idol alumni network, many of whom he met for the first time at THR's shoot.
Season 4's Anthony Fedorov talks about THR's "surreal" shoot and feeling "united and connected" to his fellow American Idol alums.
Luke Edgemon is the self-declared "new kid on campus." He never made it past Hollywood Week on season 9, but through a connection he made at American Idol, landed a gig as a Warbler on Glee.
Season 9 finalist Didi Benami talks about the "giant fraternity" that is American Idol and what she's cooking up for the Fall.
Season 5 Top 24 contender Becky O'Donohue is not one of the better-known names to come out of American Idol, but you might be surprised by her impressive post-show resume, which includes roles in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and ER.
David Hernandez and Mikalah Gordon
Season 4's Mikalah Gordon and Season 7's David Hernandez shed light on the difficulties American Idol alums often face when competing for record deals after the show.
Todrick Hall, Vonzell Solomon, Casey Carlson
Former American Idol contestants Todrick Hall (season 9), Vonzell Solomon (season 4) and Casey Carlson (season 8) give THR their take on the season 10 judges, talk about the challenges Idol grads face and what they're doing now.
American Idol Past Contestants: Photo Shoot
Behind the scenes footage from THR's exclusive American Idol class picture.
Mark Wahlberg’s F-bombs, Jonah Hill's slam and Zac Efron’s abs were among the highlights of the Nokia Theater ceremony, hosted by Conan O’Brien and featuring performances by Rihanna, Eminem and Ellie Goulding. View gallery