Jennifer Hudson, a Season 3 ‘American Idol’ finalist, won an Oscar in 2007 for her performance in ‘Dreamgirls.
Take a look at memorable Idol non-winners from the 14 previous seasons.
Jennifer Hudson advanced to the finals, completing the Top 12 live on ‘American Idol’s’ Season 3.
Its debut album sold more than 5 million copies, and Daughtry is No. 3 in record sales among Idol alums, trailing only winners Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, who appears on Thursday’s show.
Katharine McPhee, the runner-up in Season 5 of Fox’s ‘American Idol,’ now stars in CBS’ ‘Scorpion.
Season 5 finalist Kellie Pickler sings with ‘American Idol’ contestant Amelia Eisenhauer during a recent episode.
Sanjaya Malakar enjoyed a strong run during Season 6 of ‘American Idol,’ despite strong criticism from judge Simon Cowell and many critics.
Idol has survived finalist controversy, going all the way back to complaints after the elimination of Tamyra Gray in its first season.