American Idol: Where Are They Now?
It wasn't long after being voted off Idol that glamorous Gray found another gig: a recurring role on the now-canceled drama Boston Public. In April, she guest-starred on another FOX show, Tru Calling. But Gray, 24 (right, in April), is still singing: She just released her debut album, The Dreamer.
U.S. Marine Gracin (right, in March) is leaving the military behind for music: The lance corporal (who'll be honorably discharged on Sept. 17) will release his self-titled debut album on June 15. Gracin, 23, and his family – wife Ann Marie, 24, and daughter Briana, 2 – are relocating from California to Franklin, Tenn., to be closer to the Nashville music scene.
Locke (right, on May 12) has made leaps since Idol: Her first single, "The 8th World Wonder" (from her CD One Love), hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts. "The first time I saw it (on MTV) I went running through the house," says Locke, 26, who's currently rooming with Idol pal Clay Aiken in Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Idol rock chick McKibbin, 25 (right, in 2003), is running a karaoke business in Dallas while raising her 6-year-old son, Tristen. She also has recorded songs for a solo CD that she is shopping to labels. "If I don't have anything when all this is said and done, I still want to be able to do what I love, which is sing," she says.
His signature mop top gone, Guarini (right, in March) – Kelly Clarkson's costar in last year's flop From Justin to Kelly – is looking for a new recording deal after being dropped from RCA Records (thanks to dismal sales of his 2003 self-titled CD). "I still have the steam from the show to get in the door," the 25-year-old Guarini says.
The soulful singer (real name: Lashundra Trenyce Cobbins) recently toured with the musical Not a Day Goes By, costarring actress Jackee Harry (227). Off the road since early May, Trenyce, 24 (right, in November), has moved to Los Angeles, where the Memphis native will record her debut album and pursue acting and modeling projects.
With Beyonce's dad as his manager, baby-faced Helton, 23, is in good hands. The singer's debut album, Real Life, hit No. 14 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart after its March release, and Helton (right, in March) also will star in the upcoming independent romantic comedy Mrs. Johnson.
Voluptuous Davis, 25, wasn't discouraged after being booted from Idol in March 2003 (for having posed topless on an adult Web site). The powerhouse vocalist (right, in January) has since made it to Broadway in Rent, and appeared in a three-week West Coast tour of the musical Dreamgirls. She's also working on an upcoming album.
Simon was smitten with her, but Christian, 23 (right, in April), still didn't make the cut. Since her Idol days, Christian has dabbled in TV hosting (for the TV Guide Channel) and acting (she guest-starred on CSI in February). This summer, she'll release an album in Europe with 19 Entertainment, the label started by Idol creator Simon Fuller.