Famous football coach Vince Lombardi once said, "Winning isn't everything. It's the only thing." That may be true on the gridiron, but when it comes to talent shows like Fox TV's "American Idol," the contestants who lose are not necessarily losers. Although raspy voiced Lee DeWyze was technically the winner of "American Idol" Season 9 -- a numero uno status that spared him from a lifetime of selling paint -- some of his competitor cast-offs are singing their own happy tunes after being 86'd from the show.
In case you're curious, here's what some of the "American Idol" losers from Season 9 are up to:
Crystal Bowersox (2nd Place)
Crystal Bowersox, the hippie whose dreadlocked blonde hair made her look more at home in a coffee house than on the "American Idol" stage, managed to knock the socks off former "Idol" judge Simon Cowell despite her non-pop star image. Just one day after she lost to Lee DeWyze, the Joplinesque singer signed a record deal with the jaded judge's Jive Records label. Bowersox released her first CD "Farmer's Daughter" in December 2010, writing all but two of the songs herself, including "Holy Toledo" and the autobiographical "Farmer's Daughter," a haunting tune about alcoholism and abuse.
Casey James (3rd Place)
Casey James, the handsome heart breaker who capitalized on his good looks by flirting with former "Idol" judge Kara "the cougar" DioGuardi throughout Season 9, signed a record deal with Sony Music Nashville in August 2010. The singer, affectionately dubbed Goldilocks for his shoulder length blond hair, is still working on his debut album. But the guitar player has a good excuse for slacking: he opened for country duo Sugarland's March concert tour.
Michael Lynche (4th Place)
The over-sized teddy bear, Michael Lynche, a.k.a. Big Mike, is still looking for his Mrs. Right record label. He recently tweeted that he met with 50 Cent's G Note records and was flying off to Florida to meet with another record label.
Aaron Kelly (5th Place)
The youngest contestant ever to reach the top 5 on "American Idol" (he had to ride on the "Idol LIVE 2010 tour bus with his mom), Aaron Kelly released a single "I Can't Wait for Christmas" last November. But he has yet to deliver an album. Some of Kelly's fans were upset that Casey James signed a Nashville record deal before Kelly, who they thought was more authentically country. Kelly will tour with his own band this summer and hopes to nab his own contract with Nashville so he can record a pop country CD.
Siobhan Magnus (6th Place)
The free-spirited indie singer will release her first single May 1. Not surprisingly, Magnus, who dresses thrift store chic and celebrates dancing to the beat of one's own drummer, will likely release her first album this fall on her own independent label, according to her manager Tony Raine. She also deserves a slot as an "American Idol" judge when the next opening pops up. Her take on Season 10's contenders as a guest blogger for The Hollywood Reporter was goose-bump inducing and amazing.
Tim Urban (7th Place)
The favorite of "American Idol" anti-fan site Vote for the Worst, Tim Urban became known as "Teflon Tim" for seeming immune to Idol elimination despite his relative lack of talent. Probably best suited for the role of the fifth Monkee on the 1960's faux rock band TV show, Urban still hasn't wiped the smile off his face since surprising everyone with his snag of seventh place. He released a six-song EP last November called "Heart of Me."
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- Crystal Bowersox
- Lee DeWyze
- Michael Lynche
- Farmer s Daughter
- Simon Cowell
- record label
- Vince Lombardi