We caught up with the top 10 at their tour rehearsals recently to hear the status of their post-Idol plans. And here's what they have to report...
Danny Gokey: "I'm sitting down with record labels next week. I hope to sort it out before tour. But I don't want to wait too long, the quicker the better." In the meantime, he continues to grow his Sophia's Heart Foundation, which he created in honor of his late wife. "We're planning a food and clothing drive in Milwaukee. And we're looking for a facility there or here in L.A. for the foundation's events. We might have the L.A. facility running first before Milwaukee. It's a turnkey operation, so I can start running programs right away."
Matt Giraud: "I'm writing a little, but mostly I'm waiting until after the tour and I'll see what happens then."
Scott MacIntyre: "It's a little bit on hold. I've produced some CDs and have a home studio, so I've started working on the record on my own at home. I've received some interest, and I'm sure it's going to increase a lot when the tour goes on. I have talked to publishers and managers, and I'll leave it at that for now."
Lil Rounds: "I think the tour is a great showcase for us and will help build interest from record labels, so I'm thinking after the tour is when we'll see something happen."
Michael Sarver: "There are some options out there for record deals, and I'll entertain those when the time comes. I reached song number 900 over this last week. My short-term goal is to write 1,000 songs. I'm gonna have myself a party when I get there. I never quit writing. It's a big part of my life."
Megan Joy: "For those of us that don't know yet, we're supposed to find out if anything is lined up for us this month. Right now, I'm just writing. It's different. It's weird. It's whatever comes out of my mouth. I don't have anything to compare it to. And I heard a rumor that Stevie Nicks was maybe wanting me to play her in her movie. I really want that to be true."
Anoop Desai: "No CD plans yet. But I too am looking at the summer tour as a new audition process."
Is it too soon to think that someone might not get a record deal? Who do you think will win out and who might fall short?