Second place in ‘The Voice’ may not be so bad for Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen

Fort Wayne's Addison Agen finished second in last night's finale of The Voice on NBC, but, oddly enough, that may open up more doors for her than actually iwnning the competition. (photo courtesy of NBC)
Jennifer Hudson who was a judge on this season of The Voice, actually finished seventh in her appearance on Fox's American Idol. (Photo by The Associated Press)
Clay Aiken has gone on to a career as a singer, actor, and even a run as a politicial since his second-place finish on American Idol. (Photo by The Associated Press)
Chris Daughtry had an offer from the band Fuel less than a day after being eliminated from his run on the American Idol competition. (By The Associated Press)

Fans disappointed with Fort Wayne singer/songwriter Addison Agen’s second-place finish to Chloe Kohanski on Tuesday night’s finale of “The Voice” may not have too much to be disappointed with.

Does it help to get an immediate record contract and a grand prize right off the bat? Sure, television singing competition winners Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson have gone on to HUGE careers that were jump-started with their “American Idol” success.

But there is plenty of success to be found for competitors of singing reality shows who did not get enough fan votes to win their respective competitions, including this season’s “The Voice” coach Jennifer Hudson, who was sent home before six other contestants during season three of “American Idol.”

Here are just a few of the big names you have likely heard of who came close but couldn’t win over the hearts of enough fan voters to finish first:

JENNIFER HUDSON: Net worth of around $15 million

Jennifer Hudson, who ironically was a judge on this season of “The Voice,” finished seventh on the third season of “American Idol.” But that only served as a launching point for the singer/actress’s career.

Hudson, who performed on a Disney Cruise Line before auditioning for the show, has had eight songs in the top 100 of the Billboard charts since her appearance on “American Idol,” including her highest-ranked song, “Spotlight,” which peaked at No. 24 and remained on the Top 100 chart for 21 weeks.

She is among the top 10 earners from the “Idol” show, according to Forbes Magazine.

Outside of music, well kind of, she won the 2006 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her performance as Effie White in the movie “Dreamgirls.” A fictional musical drama starring singer Beyonce, that gathered inspiration from the story of the Motown record label and one of its biggest female acts, The Supremes.

Hudson’s song from the soundtrack of the movie, “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going,” is one of the most successful songs of her career, making it to No. 14 on the Billboard R&B chart as a single and later to No. 1 on the chart as a dance hit for the remix. Hudson also was the first female winning judge on Britain’s version of the show, “The Voice UK,” when season six artist, Mo Adeniran, won the competition.

Other notable non-winners of season 3 of “American Idol” were Diana DeGarmo, LaToya London, George Huff, Jasmine Trias and Camile Velasco, who all have released albums since the competition, though none of them are household names. The winner of season 3 was Fantasia Barrino (Taylor), who has gone on to release three albums since the show and went on to star in “The Color Purple” on Broadway. She also has multiple Grammy nominations and won a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her single “Bittersweet.”

CLAY AIKEN: Net worth around $7 Million

Clay Aiken finished second in Season 2 of “American Idol.” After losing to eventual winner Ruben Studdard, he went on to release the album, “Measure of a Man” that went multiplatinum. He has released four more albums on the RCA label and two more with Decca Records that have sold more than 5 million copies in total, the fourth-highest selling alumnus of “American Idol.”

He has appeared on numerous television shows, including finishing second to Arsenio Hall in the fifth season of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” He also made a run at Congress in 2013, where he lost to incumbent Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.)

The winner of “American Idol” season 2 was pop and gospel singer Ruben Studdard. Studdard has released six albums and has gone on to television and stage work, touring with Robin Givens in the comedy-drama “I need a hug.” He also appeared on the 15th season of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.”

CHRIS DAUGHTRY: Net worth of around $10 Million

The former car serviceman from North Carolina finished in fourth place during the fifth season of “American Idol,” which was won by Taylor Hicks. Daughtry didn’t have to wait long to find a gig after his surprise exit from “Idol.” Just hours after being voted off the competition, he was offered a spot as a lead singer with the multiplatinum rock band Fuel, replacing former lead singer Brett Scallions, who quit earlier in the year.

Daughtry performed the band’s song “Hemorrhage” on an earlier episode of the show, impressing members of the band. He eventually decided to go at it on his own . His first album released by RCA Records, the self-titled “Daughtry,” became the fastest-selling debut rock album in Nielsen Soundscan history, selling more than 1 million copies after just five weeks. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts just nine weeks after its release.

Other notable non-winners of that season of the show were country artist Kelly Pickler and pop artist Katherine McPhee. The winner, Hicks, has gone on to secure a long-term residency in Las Vegas, beginning at Bally’s and moving on to the larger Paris Las Vegas venue in 2013.


Here are our past stories about Addison Agen’s journey on “The Voice”:

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RELATED STORY: VIDEO: Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen leaves crowd spellbound with original song ‘Tennessee Rain’ on ‘The Voice’

RELATED STORY: No matter what happens now, Addison Agen and Fort Wayne already winners on ‘The Voice

RELATED STORY: UPDATED: ‘The Voice’ finals show Monday could give Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen a time to shine

RELATED STORY: VIDEO: Fans send Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen through to the season’s final shows on ‘The Voice’

RELATED STORY: Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen’s solo on ‘The Voice’ hits No. 2 on the iTunes chart, but duet doesn’t make the Top 10

RELATED STORY: VIDEO: Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen delivers heartfelt solo to go with breezy duet on ‘The Voice’

RELATED STORY: Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen a good fit for tonight’s mashup duets on ‘The Voice’

RELATED STORY: Can you follow Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen to a spot on ‘The Voice’? Try out at an audition next month in Indy

RELATED STORY: Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen makes Top 8 on ‘The Voice’

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RELATED STORY: VIDEO: Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen showcases her creativity, vocals on ‘The Voice’

RELATED STORY: Local businesses showing support for Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen as she competes on ‘The Voice’

RELATED STORY: Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen tries to make it into the Top 8 tonight on ‘The Voice’

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RELATED STORY: VIDEO: Addison Agen of Fort Wayne moves on to Top 10 on ‘The Voice’

RELATED STORY: VIDEO: Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen leaves celebrity coaches in awe on ‘The Voice’

RELATED STORY: UPDATED: Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen and other ‘The Voice’ contestants are scheduled to sing songs tonight chosen for them by viewers

RELATED STORY: Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen advances to next week’s show on ‘The Voice

RELATED STORY: VIDEO: Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen called “an inspiration” after her ‘The Voice’ performance

RELATED STORY: VIDEO: Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen inspires standing ovation and earns a trip to ‘The Voice’ live show finals

RELATED STORY: PERFORMANCE VIDEOS: Fort Wayne native Addison Agen’s journey to the live rounds of ‘The Voice’

RELATED STORY: UPDATED: ‘The Voice’ competition entering new difficulty level for Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen

RELATED STORY: Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran’s Addison Agen from ‘The Voice’ has started work on a new album

RELATED STORY: Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen delivers stirring knockout round performance on ‘The Voice’

RELATED STORY: Addison Agen feels the Fort Wayne hometown support as she competes on ‘The Voice’

RELATED STORY: VIDEO: Addison Agen joins Team Adam after a steal on ‘The Voice’

RELATED STORY: Agen’s battle round performance set for Monday night on ‘The Voice’

RELATED STORY: Agen hopes ‘The Voice’ launches her on a music career

RELATED STORY: Agen wows judges on ‘The Voice’

RELATED STORY: Concordia Lutheran High School student may be on ‘The Voice’


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