How successful have our favorite American Idols been since winning the show?

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How many people still follow American idol?  With all the other singing competitions and dance related shows, American Idol isn’t must see TV anymore.

Since its premiere in 2002, American Idol has gained a massive fan base. From 2003 to 2011, the episodes have held the number one programming slot on television. In the show’s twelve year history, how many of the winners have had that dreamed fulfilled? Below is a list of some of our favorites and how faired.

Candice Glover (2013): Glover has an estimated net worth of $1 million. She has auditioned three times before being accepted onto the show. She has wowed audiences with her bluesy cover of the Cure’s Lovesong, which was lauded as one of the best performances in American Idol history. Her coronation song, I am Beautiful peaked on the R&B charts at number 33. Her album, Music Speaks, had its released pushed back twice, but was finally released in February 2014, and has sold 19,000 copies thus far.

Ruben Studdard (2003): $3 million net worth. He has earned a Grammy Nomination the same year he won American Idol. He’s released 5 albums; Soulful in 2003 went platinum, I Need An Angel (gospel oriented) sold 483,000 copies. He has also segued into acting with roles in the revival of Ain’t Misbehaving, the soundtrack of which was nominated for the Best Musical Theater Album Grammy in 2010.

Fantasia Barrino (2004): $5 million north. She has received three Grammy nominations for her first album. She has won Vibe’s “Voice of the Year’ in 2005, and her coronation song, ‘I believe’ won both the top selling R&B/Hip Hop single of 2004 as well as the Top Selling Single  of 2004 from Billboard top 100.Her first album was a platinum release, and her second album, was a gold release. She’s also had successful turns on Broadway, as well as wrote her own biography, and starred as herself in the Lifetime adaptation of the book.

Jordin Sparks (2007): $8 million net worth. She was nominated for the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals Grammy, and was the third highest selling Idol contestant single. Her single, Battlefield, reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first American Idol winner to have all of their first five singles reach the top 20 on the charts. She is also busy acting. Aside from acting, she has two perfumes.



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