When you get praise like that from Simon Cowell, you know you're doing alright! Seriously. 3 in record sales among Idol alums, trailing only winners Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, who appears on Thursday's show. In 2018, she worked with the one and only Jeff Goldblum on his jazz album, The Capitol Studios Sessions, singing alongside the Jurassic Park actor. A one-stop shop for all things video games. Katharine McPhee, Runner-up, Season 5 (2006). It's crazy to think the current lead vocalist of Queen lost on American Idol, taking second place to Season 8's winner, Kris Allen. Not too shabby for a 16-year-old, huh? Aiken and champion Ruben Studdard were involved in Idol's most riveting final matchup, with a finale that drew a jaw-dropping 38 million viewers. He appeared in Fox's Glee and plays Eddie in the network's The Rocky Horror Picture Show revival, due this fall. Elliot Yamin was praised for his soulful and raspy voice on American Idol Season 5, where he took third place. Fans love to see the contestants of the series finally have all their dreams come true by revealing their vocal abilities to a worldwide audience. Both of her studio albums, "Small Town Girl" (2006) and "Kellie Pickler" (2008), have topped Billboard's Country Albums chart (and tallied matching No. Haley Reinhart was praised on American Idol for her raspy yodeling voice, and years later we are still listening to her incredible cover of Elton John's "Benny and the Jets" on repeat. During Season 5 of American Idol, Chris Daughtry took fourth place, losing that year to Taylor Hicks. He ended up in second place, losing to that year's winner, David Cook. Not bad, Clay! She has worked as a judge for the UK's The Voice and will go on to star in the film version of Cats The Musical. Archuleta has also charted higher on the Billboard Hot 100; his "Crush" peaked at No. It has shrugged off scandal, starting with Season 2 finalist Corey Clark's disqualification. In 2017, Reinhart began her voice-acting debut on Netflix's F is for Family, an animated comedy created by well-known comedian Bill Burr. She is also adored for her vocal work in the band Post Modern Jukebox, which is known for covering jazzy renditions of famous pop songs. Last year, she got her own reality series, CMT's I Love Kellie Pickler. Perhaps one of the most successful American Idol contestants in the history of the reality show, Lambert has since gone on to fill some big shoes, stepping in for Freddie Mercury as the lead singer in one of the most popular and successful rock bands of all time, Queen. As American Idol's last Top 10 group begins competing Thursday (Fox, 8 p.m. live ET/delayed PT), it's a good time to look back at finalists who didn't win but made a mark, either on the show or afterward. As rumors abound over Pia Toscano's possible record deal with Interscope (and, in juicier news, an alleged romance with a fellow reality show hopeful), "American Idol" viewers this week face the first episode following the power ballad vocalist's surprising elimination Thursday (April 7). who enjoyed a fervent following of self-described Claymates, sold more copies of his first post-Idol single.