Getting sent home early on “American Idol” can be a dream-crushing experience for some, but for these six former contestants it became the first step in really successful careers.
From Oscar winners to “Dancing with the Stars” champions, “American Idol” losers have gone on to accomplish some amazing things. Did you know Jennifer Hudson only finished eighth in her season? Chris Daughtry didn’t do much better, but now it’s hard to remember they were on the show. Check out the video above to see who else lost the record deal, but won a great career.