After 'American Idol': Will Adam Lambert or Kris Allen win the most awards?
Never mind who will win "American Idol" next week. Will Kris Allen or Adam Lambert emerge as the biggest winner in the future when judging their music careers?
Remember, Jennifer Hudson merely came in seventh place in Season 3 of "American Idol," but now her house is sinking under the weight of all those awards on her mantle, including an Oscar and Golden Globe ("Dreamgirls") plus Grammy ("Jennifer Hudson").
Hey, where's Ruben Studdard today? And let's be honest: Taylor Hicks is lucky to have a spot in the road tour of "Grease" after everybody in America decided not to buy his CDs. By comparison: After Taylor Hicks won in 2006, the band behind the fourth-place finisher, Chris Daughtry, went on to score four Grammy nominations and win four American Music Awards.
Of course, sometimes the "American Idol" winner actually does — egads — become successful, trophies and all. First-year champ Kelly Clarkson has claimed a few Grammys, MTV Video Music Awards, American Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, even a People's Choice Award. Season 4 victor Carrie Underwood won best new artist at the Grammys plus gads of country music prizes.
A few months ago, when the current season of "American Idol" was still unfurling, I asked this question about the top 10 finalists: Who'll go on to win the most showbiz awards?
Kris Allen merely came in sixth place in our Gold Derby poll, with 4.6% of the vote. Ahead of him were: Adam Lambert (53.8%), Allison Iraheta (13.2%), Danny Gokey (7.9%), Matt Giraud (7.3%) and Lil Rounds (4.8%). Now what do you think, my dear Derbyites?
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