Catching Up with Former American Idols: Season Eleven

Phillip Phillips on Season 11 of American Idol (2012)

With American Idol’s latest season now in full swing, let’s take a look at what happened to last year’s top ten contestants.

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5. Skylar Laine

Skylar blew the judges away with her countrified performance of The Faces’ “Stay With Me” and became the show’s only source for the southern sound. Producers frequently paired her up with Colton Dixon for duets, and their awkward lack of chemistry was a running joke throughout the season.

Laine is waiting to complete her degree in nursing before she releases an album, but she did debut a potential single during an Idol concert in November.

4. Hollie Cavanagh

Born in Liverpool, England, Hollie took on big ballads from the likes of Celine Dion and Whitney Houston and was a likely contender for the title.

She is still unsigned, but is currently working on a debut album in Los Angeles. The Liverpool Echo newspaper recently reported that she gave a concert for students at her former primary school and “hit the recording studio” afterwards.

3. Joshua Ledet

Nicknamed “Mantasia” for his love of season three winner Fantasia and their similar vocal styles, the church songwriter/lyricist added a gospel touch to most of his performances.

He debuted an original song during an iHeartRadio concert in August.

2. Jessica Sanchez

A contestant of America’s Got Talent and Showtime at The Apollo before she even entered high school, this teen was the first female contestant to be “saved” by the judges before making it to the finalé.

Jessica debuted her first single, “Fairytale” at an iHeartRadio concert in August. She performed at the National Memorial Day Concert and the National Democratic Convention last fall. Sanchez plans to release her debut album soon and will make her acting debut on Glee later this year.

1. Phillip Phillips

Suffering from intense pain from kidney stones, he almost quit the show, but Phillip Phillips’ inventive covers and strong performances won him the title. Critics dismissed him as a Dave Matthews copycat and were displeased to see another guitar-playing male Idol winner, but they had to eat their words after his “coronation song”, “Home”, became a huge hit.

His album, The World from the Side of the Moon debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard charts and has gone gold. Phillips is currently opening up for Matchbox Twenty on tour, and plays solo gigs at smaller venues along the way.

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