Here’s what ‘American Idol’ runner-ups are up to today
“American Idol” was, in its heyday, one of the most popular shows in America, inspiring dozens of spin-offs around the world. It did drop off in popularity towards the end of its run (it aired from 2002 to 2016), so hopefully the ABC reboot airing in March will replicate the magic of its earlier seasons.
Some of its appeal was based in its high stakes: the show’s winner was guaranteed a record contract. However, as viewers have come to realize, a record contract doesn’t always translate into fame.
Sometimes losers outshone winners, especially in the case of runner-ups like Katharine McPhee and Adam Lambert.
We rounded up all the second place finishers from “American Idol” and took a look at what they’re up to today.
Adam Lambert’s loss is potentially the most shocking in “Idol” history — the glam-rock singer lost to acoustic guitar-playing Kris Allen. He’s since teamed up with Queen.
Lambert’s look hasn’t changed all that much.
After “Idol,” Adam Lambert recorded his first album, “For Your Entertainment,” which debuted at number three, and was eventually certified Gold in the US, and Platinum around the world. A single from the album, “Whataya Want From Me,” was nominated for a Grammy.
He performed with members of Queen as a finalist on the show, and this collaboration led to a successful world tour in 2014 and 2015 as the combined act Queen + Adam Lambert. The group announced a second world tour for 2017 and 2018.