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It's Hard Out Here for an "Idol"

8/16/2006 4:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

With "American Idol" auditions already underway for next season, TMZ is checking in with some of the winners and contestants from past seasons. While some are seeing continued success (Jennifer Hudson getting cast in "Dreamgirls" alongside Beyoncé for one) others seem to be hitting a few road bumps in their post-"Idol" careers.
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Justin GuariniJustin Guarini: The Season One runner-up has had a hard time getting out of Kelly Clarkson's shadow and his most recent gig only almost solidifies his non-star status. On Sunday the curly-haired crooner hosted a karaoke event at Trump Marina in Atlantic City and here's the real kicker -- the tickets sold for a disappointing $10 each. That's not quite the $40 Clarkson gets per audience member for her recently-finished worldwide concert tour.
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Mario VazquezMario Vazquez
: The Guarini look-a-like has also had his own trouble launching his career after opting to leave "Idol" in its forth season. The singer has been doing a mall tour, ick, all summer with the likes of ex-O-Town member Ashley Parker Angel and one hit wonder Fefe Dobson. To his credit, his new single "Gallery" has been in heavy rotation on the East Coast and hovers at #59 on the iTunes Top Songs list but has yet to break big in LA. His new album will hit stores September 12th.

Clay AikenClay Aiken: While Aiken's first CD was a triple platinum success, it's his personal life that's been getting the most negative attention lately. Just last week an author of an "unauthorized tribute" to the Season Two runner-up filed suit against Aiken saying he and his mother tried to defame her. While Aiken denies the allegations, the lawsuit seeks at least $260,000 in damages and asks the court to order Aiken to write a positive introduction for the book and to sell the book at his concerts for at least five years.

And adding insult to injury, Aiken's song "Invisible" was also listed at #11 as one of the worst songs in history by Blender magazine.

Katharine McPhee & Taylor HicksTaylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee: Even the top two from the most recent season are already experiencing the "Idol" curse. Winner Taylor Hicks was recently blasted by Justin Timberlake, who said the grey-haired singer "can't carry a tune in a bucket." Runner-up Katharine McPhee has also had a string of bad luck as well. Laryngitis and bronchitis kept her from the first leg of the "American Idol" tour, she recently revealed that she had once struggled with bulimia and just two weeks ago, she fractured on her left foot while performing. Ouch!
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Originalkat    

Actually I have always wondered what the deal was with Justin Timberlake. His acting is ok but his singing...he has a wimpy voice. I do like Taylor Hicks style.
Katherine Mcphee...well..I wish she would pair up with Tom Cruise and Lindsay Lohan and go away. I am so tired of the news on these people. Katherine, Tom and Linsay just show what a liability they are for businesses. Insurance is high...Katherine says she is sick all the time, Tom is insane and Lindsay..well rehab or car accidents with photographers is a hazard.

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Whatever    

Can't stand Clay. Always thought he was an arrogant s.o.b

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kathryn    

Clay scared me before, but he REALLY scares me now. What's up with his hair?

2992 days ago
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Alex Rogers    

Who likes Idol ?

little kids
old ladies
people with no social life
reality tv addicts (same as #3)
people with no taste in music
people with cats
homos

that explains it

If you write back some flaming response than you probably fall into one of the above. Unless I missed some groups.

2992 days ago
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kathryn    

I'm not afraid to admit I like Idol. I'm from Birmingham, Al, and people here love it. It's all over our community. Our talent has been on almost every year.You talk about having no social life....Please go watch PBS and leave us alone. A LOT of people like reality t.v. It's nothing new.

2992 days ago
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lost in the AUG    

Well, I guess the person (Idol is For Who?) is right.
I have been a die hard fan of Idol for the past 2 years. I have 4 cats and I have no social life.
Good job on nailing the demographic on the head.
By the way, the American Idol concert rocked August 2nd!! WOOOOOOO!

2992 days ago
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Stormy    

Well "Idol is for Who?" that's over 30 million people you are catergorizing. What kind of exciting social life do you have if you are commenting here?
Anyway, it doesn't really matter. None of these people could add up to Kelly Clarkson status and that is why they have gone no where; or are they now here?

2992 days ago
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pat    

AMERICAN IDOL HAS BECOME A BIG JOKE!!! NO REAL TALENT HAS COME OUT OF IT SINCE KELLY CLARKSON. TAYLOR HICKS AN AMERICAN IDOL---PULEASE!!! I EXPECT TO SEE AND HEAR MORE FROM AND ABOUT THE RUNNERS UP (KATHERINE, CHRIS, BUCKY) LONG AFTER HICKS BECOMES ANOTHER FORGOTTEN WANNA BE AMERICAN IDOL AND WE'RE ALL GOING--TAYLOR WHO???

2992 days ago
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Whatever    

All these AI contestants are losers except for Kelly Clarkson and Ruben Studdard.

2992 days ago
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Stormy    

Sassycrab - You got that right! Kelly Clarkson Rocks!

2992 days ago
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Alex Rogers    

30 Million idiots doesnt make it talent, entertainment or time well spent. Sounds more like co-dependence.

The words talent and American Idol dont belong together.

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Lindsay Sucks    

Hey #4 u forgot to put your mother on the list. Gotta love it B****

2992 days ago
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ss794    

Who likes Idol?

...those of us who don't have cable.

2992 days ago
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Jennifa O Jenny    

I don't think it's fair to lump Mario Vasquez in with these other guys. He hasn't had the benefit of winning or coming in second place to help get his foot in the door. He dropped out before competition even started and he was favored to win. I think he will do just fine - the gigs he's gotten are very good considering the circumstances.

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Patty    

For someone "who can't carry a tune in a bucket", Taylor's gig with his original band from Birmingham at the Viper Room is a sold out show. There must be a few people in the L.A. area who like him, unlike Justin Timberlake, "Mr. Boy Band frieak."

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