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Article Teaser: At this year's Oscars, Jennifer Hudson won the supporting-actress Academy Award for her role on Dreamgirls. Nobody could have ever projected this sort of success for last year's American Idol finalist. But this story only adds to the long and illustrious careers that have been created by American Idol.

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American Idol Creates Entertainment Careers, Even For The Losers

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At this year's Oscars, Jennifer Hudson won the supporting-actress Academy Award for her role on Dreamgirls. Nobody could have ever projected this sort of success for last year's American Idol finalist. But this story only adds to the long and illustrious careers that have been created by American Idol.

There is clearly no bigger example that America Idol can lead a contestant to an entertainment career than Jennifer Hudson. The Idol loser went from an unknown talent, to a household name in a matter of a year. Much of her success can be attributed to her appearance on American Idol. The show exposed her to millions, and undoubtedly helped launch her into stardom.

Clearly, Hudson is destined to become a showbiz star, and it all started when she was prematurely voted off American Idol while less talented contestants remained. In a way, her being booted off outraged the audience so much, that we all wanted to see her succeed.

But up until her appearance on Idol, Jennifer Hudson, 24, didn't have anyone who took notice of her amazing voice. It was not until American Idol that America became aware of her immense potential.

That same potential led to a starring role in DreamWorks' movie version of the '80s Broadway musical Dreamgirls, in which she can now add the title of Oscar winner.

In-fact, American Idol even had an influence in the auditions for Dreamgirls. Among the hopefuls who tried out was Fantasia Barrino, last year's Idol winner who too has become a bona fied star in her own right. The list of American Idol contestants who became instant stars goes on and on.

Prior to becoming the first American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson too was struggling to be heard, working as a cocktail waitress at a comedy club in Arlington, Texas. But thanks to American Idol, Her first single, "A Moment Like This", released October 2002 made history when it jumped straight from No. 52 to No. 1 on the Billboard Charts. The jump surpassed the jump that the Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" made when it jumped from No.27 to No.1.

On season two of American Idol, runner-up Clay Aiken had immense success while season winner Ruben Studdard's career saw minimal triumph. Ruben's debut album was released several weeks after Clay's, both on the American Idol label, and despite hitting #1 sold about 200,000 less than the runner ups disk in its first week.

On season three of American Idol even a non-contestant had a career created thanks to an appearance on the audition rounds of American Idol. Deemed the worst audition of the season, William Hung's oddly convulsive dancing and atonal singing got a huge buzz, helping Hung to enjoy a notable career parodying himself.

Season three winner Fantasia Barrino, also gained pop-star status and is enjoying musical success. For Fantasia, The victory brought Barrino ongoing fame. She went on a concert tour opening for hip hop superstar Kanye West. She was even able to buy her mother a $500,000 house. Fantasia is approaching the double platinum mark with her debut album "Free Yourself" and American Idol 2 runner-up Clay Aiken's Christmas album, "Merry Christmas with Love" recently soared past the million-unit mark.

"Some Hearts," the debut album by American Idol 4 winner Carrie Underwood, rose from Number 5 to Number 2 on the chart with more than 271,000 units sold for the week. "Some Hearts" was certified platinum, with over one million albums sold, within just five weeks of its November 15, 2005 release.

American Idol 4 finalist Bo Bice's debut album, "The Real Thing" entered the chart this week at Number 4, with more than 226,000 albums sold. In addition, Bice's hit single "Inside Your Heaven/Vehicle" was number three on the Billboard Singles Chart.

Even on a smaller scale, the American Idol influence continues. Robyn Troup who was shown the door on season five of American Idol, was selected by fans on an Internet-generated contest to perform live with Justin Timberlake at the 49th annual Grammy's. Troup clearly generated enough of a fan base from her American Idol appearance that helped in getting plenty of votes.

Bucky Covington recently became the eighth contestant from the fifth season of American Idol to ink a recording contract, as the 29-year-old recently signed a deal with Nashville's Lyric Street Records.

American Idol truly takes aspiring talents and gives them a platform where they could be heard. Even if they are voted off the show, many contestants receive more exposure than they would have from any other show or activity.


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Trent Lampe writes about entertainment and its impact on the world. Hands down, American Idol has been one of the most profitable and influential shows on television. Some pundits and commentators reflect that American Idol is bringing out the worst America has to offer, while others say that it reflects the best of America. Who is right? American Idol Unauthorized is an uncensored view into the world of American Idol behind the cameras. Is American Idol good clean fun, or just dirty, backroom politics? You be the judge. Buy the DVD today: http://www.idolunauthorized.com and discover the truth for yourself.

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