Idol is easily the most watched music program on
television.The broadcast has been
ranked No.1 in the Nielson rating for the past five years has brought in
gazillions viewers since its inception.As we curvy girls have long known, American
Idol and the entertainment business in general has long favored the "Style
over Substance" mantra of the music business (how many more pretty faced,
auto-tuned created pop stars can we take?) and has routinely discouraged and
consistently hurled insults at it's fuller figured talent.No matter though, curvy female
contestants along with their corpulent male counterparts have managed to prove
the Idol judges wrong year after year, proving that at the end of the day,
substance and true talent can often tilt the scales in our favor over style a
great deal of the time!This month
in celebration of Plus Model Magazine's Music issue I've decided to take a look
back at Idol's fuller figured contestants
and winners to see how far they have progressed in their post-Idol days.
Clarkson - (Winner! - Season 1 - 2000)
Clarkson was the very first winner of the American
Idol franchise (she beat out runner up Justin Guarini by taking 58% of the
vote). Soon after the first season of American
Idol ended, Clarkson stumbled slightly when she starred with Idol runner-up
Guarini in the poorly received movie From
Justin to Kelly; she often cites her contractual obligation as her sole reason
for her involvement in the film.The film was a colossal flop written by Idol creator Simon Fuller's brother Kim Fuller and grossed a paltry
$5 million at the North American box office, less than half it's reported
budget.On April 15, 2003 her full-length
debut album "Thankful" was released
and debut at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart.Thankful
was certified double platinum and the album went on to win her a Grammy
Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.Clarkson held the title of the highest selling American Idol debut album in history
until November 2009, when Carrie Underwood broke her record by a narrow margin
of 100,000 albums. She followed her film debut with television appearances on American Dreams, Reba & MADtv in 2002 and Saturday Night Live in 2005.
Her second release, 2006's Breakaway marked a shedding of her American Idol image and revealed a more rock-oriented image.Breakaway
has since earned her two Grammy awards and has sold 14 million copies world
wide to date.While on tour in
2006, she began writing and composing songs for her third album, My December.It was during the recording of the My December album that the media got wind of controversy surfacing
between Clarkson and iconic record producer Clive Davis.Kelly reportedly blew off Clive Davis'
advice for music selections for the album and wrote all of the songs herself.
She's Up To Now: Clarkson has toured the world extensively as a solo
act, she co-headlined the 2 Worlds 2
Voices Tour with Reba McEntire in 2008 and she was recently named a VH1
Ambassador for The Save The Music
Foundation for 2009-2010.Currently she is currently on tour promoting "All I Ever Wanted" her fourth studio album. She remains the
highest-selling American Idol alum overall, with around 23 million albums sold
How She Handles The Haters:Clarkson is a steadfast
fighter when it comes down to her craft and she doesn't back down when asked
about her famous feud with former mentor Davis.She's quoted in a blog as saying "Everybody always wants me to go in different directions.They want the formula writers and the
formula producers that do everybody else's stuff, and while I love some of
those people...and I don't mind working like that ...I just don't like working with
someone that gives you a song and is like, "Oh I wrote this for you."But you find out that they've given it
to every other artist and they turned it down, you know?Despite harsh criticisms from the media
about her weight (she's 5'3 1/2" and reportedly weighs 180lbs) the two-time
Grammy winner's career continues to blossom.The American Idol
winner says "She is
with her shape". Clarkson told Self Magazine "When people talk about my weight, I'm like "YOU seem to have a problem
with it, I don't.I'm fine."
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