Second place in ‘The Voice’ may not be so bad for Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen
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.
THE ADDISON ARCHIVE
Here are our past stories about Addison Agen’s journey on “The Voice”: