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Many of the former American Idol contestants have ended up on Broadway. But I can't tell—is that a good thing?
—Carrie W, Minnesota
Broadway is seen as a sort of stopgap, a way to keep a performer's career from hemorrhaging, down, down, down, into the stygian realm of Rosie O'Donnell family boat cruises.
"This is the next best thing" to a Kelly Clarkson-style music career, says entertainment attorney Brian Rosenblatt. "It allows them to continue to perform in front of a live audience, staying in the industry."
In other words, Idol grads such as Clay Aiken, Diana DeGarmo, Frenchie Davis and Tamyra Gray take the Broadway route to pay bills. Is that a "good thing"? Compared to what, singing the Priceline theme?
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