'American Idol's' Competition: No Big Breakout Stars Yet
"The Voice" has given NBC a ratings boost, while Fox's "The X-Factor" upped the production ante -- but can their winners deliver a hit song or album?
This story first appeared in the Jan. 11 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Melanie Amaro, The X Factor winner
Simon Cowell's mentee was his show's inaugural champ. Following her win, Amaro was featured in a Pepsi commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. She's working on her debut album for Epic Records, Truly, slated for a 2013 release.
Cassadee Pope, The Voice winner
"She's destined to be a star," Voice coach Blake Shelton tells THR of the 23-year-old season-three winner, who had the gravitas to perform his wife Miranda Lambert's song "Over You." Next up: her first single, due out in January.
Javier Colon, The Voice winner
Season one's victor was a former major-label buzz act, but his post-Voice success has been practically nonexistent. Colon's debut album, 2011's Come Through for You, flopped, and he subsequently parted ways with Universal Republic.
Jermaine Paul, The Voice winner
After spending several years singing backup for Alicia Keys, Paul proved his own vocal prowess when he won season two of The Voice. No word yet on when his debut album is expected, but the father of four is currently featured on VH1.
Tate Stevens, The X Factor winner
The 37-year-old country singer and father of two beat 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar for the $5 million prize on X Factor's Dec. 20 finale. His debut album is due out on Sony Nashville and "will happen much quicker" than Amaro's, says Cowell.