- American Idol runner-up David Archuleta inks record deal:
- Internet DJ -
Archuleta could potentially join other "Idol" losers who have gone on to reap huge success from their time on the show. Chris Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson and Clay Aiken lost in their season, however they have all gone on to solid music/entertainment careers.
- Reuters -
With a record deal in hand, 17-year-old crooner Archuleta joins past "Idol" also-rans such as Chris Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson and Clay Aiken who have leveraged their stardom on hit television show "Idol" into record, film and Broadway fame.
- PW Torch - "Over the past several years, we have seen losing "American Idol" contests come back to make an impact on popular culture. Clay Aiken became a successful recording artist. Chris Daughtry is a rock star. Kimberley Locke even had a successful Christmas album."
- TV Squad on American Idol's very restrictive recording contract -
American Idol has a notorious contract. Clay Aiken was able to get out of his, but only with the help of a tough attorney. And remember Mario Vazquez? He was Top 12, but then quit the show reportedly because of the contract that, among other things, wouldn't let him sign any deals until at least three months after the winner was crowned.
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- SW Iowa News - article about "the Greenest Show on Earth" -
Show director Amy Tinkham, who has worked with Madonna, Jamie Lee Curtis, Aerosmith and Earth, Wind and Fire and staged music tours and videos for Dixie Chicks, Clay Aiken, Backstreet Boys and Maria Carey, has created an extravaganza for the entire family.
- Miami Herald - QVC shopping channel broadening out - "Bob Mackie, creator of feathered headdresses and bejeweled Barbie gowns, has been selling a low-priced collection exclusively on QVC, the televised home shopping network that also boasts Hulk Hogan and Clay Aiken among its vendors, since 1992."
- Anew and Afresh - Clay garners Broadway honours