5. Taylor Hicks went from obscurity to fame and back again: the grey-haired crooner won the fifth season crown on American Idol, but could not maintain his momentum in the music business to move onto bigger and better things. He’s currently making ends meet performing in a touring production of Grease, playing the role of Teen Angel. 7. David Cook won the show’s 2008 competition and shot up the charts with his self-titled album thereafter. He’s been a hit with the younger generation, having garnered Teen Choice Award nominations in 2008 and 2009.
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