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American Idol alumni who are no longer working in the entertainment industry

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Even if someone on Idol didn't become the next Kelly or Carrie, the majority of the contestants are still working in music or in some cases, acting (Like Katie Stevens). Even many of the people who never got their major break are still working in music.

 

But I have seen that isn't always the case. Which notable contestants went back to a "day job" to pay the bills?

 

Here is what I have seen:

 

Jason Castro (Season 7): Now does real estate but still performs on the side. But his real estate gig is his main source of income.

 

Skylar Laine (Season 11): No longer does music. She was going to go to Dental School, but got married and had a kid and is now a stay-at-home Mom.

 

Alex Lambert (Season 9): I know he wasn't even a finalist, but he seemed to have a promising future. Lived in LA for awhile and worked on music and was on that web series. But he is now back in Dallas doing real estate.

 

Tim Urban (Season 9): Another contestant who stayed in LA for awhile then moved back to Texas. He got married and started a family. Not really sure what he is doing now- construction I heard?

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^^^^

 

Wow, at the above info...

 

 

All I know is who IS still in the biz, but...

 

 

Carly Smithson has been doing cosmetic stuff with eyebrows. She had a little girl awhile back and has been focusing on her family mostly... <3

 

 

Allison Iraheta isn't making music right now... Her band Halo Circus is no longer around.

 

She does a good job at being a background vocalist though and has done so for pro singers like Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, at the Tonight Show with (At the time...) Jay Leno, and on FOX's AI near the end of it. :yes:

 

 

Hollie Cavanagh does gigs here and there, and still does the occasional YouTube cover, but she hasn't been putting out music for the last few years... Still waiting for a solo record from her and I hope it is sooner rather than later. :(

 

 

Michael Johns died so... :'(

 

 

 

 

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Some may not want to do music, and that's great if they can find other passions. Music doesn't pay the bills in a long term, so I understand that it becomes more of a side hustle for many unless their family can continue to provide.

 

Didi Benami is a music instructor.

 

Dalton Rapattoni is a vocal coach too at the School of Rock, and he seems to love his students :D

 

Alex Preston is in university for Marketing and Business I think. He still does gigs and puts out original music from time to time.

 

Michael Johns will always be missed /:

 

 

 

 

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Not that he really counts as a proper Idol alum, but I seem to remember William Hung went to work a regular office job some years ago. He did put out an album or 2 though, didn’t he? But soon after that I think he returned to normal life.

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Alaina Whitaker no longer does music anymore. She was in two groups Whitaker Malloy (with Kady Malloy and Alaina's sister) and Chasing Dixie but they disbanded and then Alaina got married, had a kid and is now working as a nurse. 

 

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