Season 9 songstress Crystal Bowersox married musician Brian Walker on October 10, 2010 and released debut album, Farmer's Daughter, two months later.
Arguably the most famous runner-up, Season 8 rocker Adam Lambert, released his debut album, For Your Entertainment, in November 2009. Since then he was nominated for a Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Grammy and has performed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Show with David Letterman" and "Dancing with the Stars."
Season 7 youngster David Archuleta has released three albums: David Archuleta, Christmas from the Heart and The Other Side of Down. He is also planning a concert in Indonesia for July 16.
Season 6 contestant Blake Lewis has released two albums since his days on "Idol": Audio Day Dream and Heartbreak on Vinyl.
Season 5 competitor Katharine McPhee has appeared in 'The House Bunny' and has upcoming appearances in movies 'Shark Night 3D' and 'You May Not Kiss the Bride.'
Season 4 crooner Bo Bice is currently on a national tour and has released three albums: The Real Thing, See the Light and 3.
Season 3 hopeful Diana DeGarmo has made a name for herself in the theater world appearing in traveling production of '9 to 5.'
In 2008, season 2 contestant Clay Aiken openly acknowledged that he is gay in an interview with People. According to Entertainment Weekly, Clay can next be seen guest starring on season 3 of 'Drop Dead Diva.'
Season 1 contestant Justin Guarini recently became a daddy. According to People, he had a baby boy, William Neko Bell Guarini, with wife Reina Capodici on Tuesday April 26.
Where Are They Now? 'Idol' Runner-Ups
Every wonder what happened to those that just missed their shot at the "Idol" crown? Check in on your favorite contestants who fell short of victory by clicking through our runner-up update gallery.