I don't know where else to put this thread, perhaps it wouldn't get seen if it was in the AI area, so here it is.
Anywho, it has always been my opinion that there was no way this girl should have ever lost to Scotty McCreary. Here she is at a benefit concert singing House Of The Rising Sun leading an all star band including Robby Kreigher of The Doors on guitar.
Thanks for the link, razorbacker! That was an AMAZING performance! I loved her on her season of AI and the only thing I can think of why she did not win is b/c the country voting block is enormous on AI. I really don't follow any of the AI contestants once they are done with their season (other than Elliott Yamin) so I don't know if Haley has been able to carve out any kind of successful career. Lesser singers certainly have. Just the other day I watched a Hallmark movie starring Kellie Pickler. She's cute as a button but I never thought she had a great voice. Lauren Alaina is another country contestant who has really done well for herself in country music. I only know this from news I have read. I wonder often what happened to some of the huge talents that never won...how is Crystal Bowersox doing, for example?
I love what Haley did with "Creep." As someone posted in the comments, she gives it a sort of torch song quality. She has quite the set of pipes and I wish her continued success.
There are quite a few of the ex Idols that have gone on to have pretty nice careers. Hailey & Casey Abrams play together a lot & they have both been pretty successful as solo artists as well. They seem to get together & do a lot of Jazz with Casey on that stand up bass & Haley on vocals.
Kellie Pickler not only did that Christmas movie, but she & her husband have a daily talk show on TV.
Lauren is finally getting some air play. It took her awhile but things are picking up.
Many of these folks have gone on to acting careers with Jennifer Hudson & Katherine McPhee being the most prominent, but Diana DeGarmo & Ace Young have been in multiple Broadway plays together & lately David Cook joined in on that. Katie Stevens finished 8th on her season, but she has been starring in various TV shows for the past few years including the current run of The Bold Type & she has 2 movies in the can yet to be released.
Of course Adam Lambert has hooked up with Queen & that is going pretty swell.
And then there is Carrie, who despite all the neigh saying that went on on this board & many others, has gone on to be the brightest light on the tree. She is now worth in excess of $80 million at last count & her workout fashion line has taken off as well.
There are tons more stories & successes for these folks. You should check it out. I am sure you would be pleasantly surprised.
I saw Kellie on the NYC tree lighting ceremony. She seemed to have moved into a more glam mode.... beautiful dress and coat and fancy hair. She really has been able to move a little singing talent and a lot of cuteness into a decent career.