We know about the success stories of American Idol — Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and the like. And we know about the truly spectacular failures — William Hung comes to mind. But what about all the folks in the middle, those who are talented enough to make it to the voting rounds but not good enough to win?
Well, now they're getting some albums of their own. A record label and marketing company have teamed up to create albums with songs by Idol also-rans, including Ryan Starr from season one and Alaina Alexander from season six. In all, the label plans to release four albums, each with four different contestants performing three songs apiece. The physical albums will be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart, and digital versions will be available through iTunes.
I find this a little bizarre at a time when the actual Idol winner can't manage to sell that many albums. Do that many people really want to know what AJ Tabaldo is doing? Do you even remember who AJ Tabaldo is?