5. 5. Katharine McPhee finished second on fifth season of American Idol. Her debut album, Katharine McPhee, would go on to sell a mediocre 378,000 copies, but her single “Over It” did manage to crack Gold status. She released her follow-up album, Unbroken, in January 2010. 7. 7. David Archuleta’s fresh face made him a darling on American Idol, and his talents have kept him in the limelight: After finishing second in 2008, the Utah native’s self-titled debut album has almost hit Platinum status fueled by the success of the single “Crush.” He’s also picked up the pen, documenting his journeys in his memoir Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song and the Power of Perseverance, which hits stores June 2010.
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