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Where American Idol Contestants' Careers Go To Die

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Ouch! You, too, bb??

Well, she put up a fight, we'll give her that!

When you're a former American Idol contestant and you can't sell records, there's only one option: Broadway!

Jordin Sparks is the latest has-been to come to this sobering realization, so she'll be playing Nina Rosario in the production of In The Heights from August 19-November 14th!

She says:

“It’s always been one of my dreams to perform on Broadway. This is a brand new experience for me. I look so forward to spending time in New York City and joining this talented cast and my favorite new musical.”

Who wants to take bets on how long it will take her to realize this is the best she's gonna get and extend that run full-time??

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34 comments to “Where American Idol Contestants' Careers Go To Die”

  1. 1

    the contestants on american idol, are just good vocalist, they are not true artist. There have been a few good arists to come out of american idol, but they are mainly just same ole vocalists.

  2. 2

    there are some exceptional singers on american idol, but when it's just a game to see who wins. Some of them have good voices, but crappy songs.

  3. 3

    how is Broadway a place where careers go to die. blogging is where careers die. fat heffer…

  4. 4

    LOL whocares11. Isn't Broadway a big deal though? Unless I'm wrong. And who knows, she might be working on another cd too.

  5. 5

    They had to cancel her show in my hometown. 51 tickets sold.

  6. 6

    Jordin Sparks sucks. She shouldn't have won for sure. Hopefully she'll be off the radar soon enough.

  7. Coqi says – reply to this


    Best she is going to get? Weren't YOU the one who submitted an audition tape for the Broadway version of Chicago? Weren't YOU the one who splashed it all across YOUR website hoping to get fan support?
    Guess it was just the "best" you were hoping for. Mere crumbs in this industry. You know. Broadway and all. Not much there for a career.

  8. 8

    I don't care what you say about Sparks but quit knocking Broadway, you're obviously in LA and have no idea or clue the amazing depth of talent that every production on Broadway showcases — every night — and how hard these people work– so get a freaking clue dumb ass. You post crap about an idiot Britney that can't sing when there are literally hundreds of people with 1000x's her talent on Broadway every night. You really are a dumb ass–take it as constructive criticism and catch a show every now and then when you're in New York City, dumb ass.

  9. 9

    If "the best she can do" is a career on Broadway, Jordin has done quite well. There are a lot of FAR more talented people who don't get that break.

  10. 10

    Perezee just wishes he could be on Broadway. Perezee that's the top of the game douche!!! You know squat other then GagGag and her retro80's rehash!!

  11. 11

    Ok, Perez obviously knows nothing about Broadway. "Where careers go to die"? Pfff. I know a certain TV show full of Broadway actors, and they are flying sky high now….in fact, didn't you just rave about your name being mentioned on it? How low are you?

  12. 12

    Broadway actors are far more talented than Hollywood actors. Unfortunately, there isn't the financial incentive on Broadway that there is in Hollywood. However, stage actors must be so far superior in skill than those who do tv and film work because there are no second (or more) takes and no editing. It is all live. You can't hide your flaws on the stage in front of a live audience. New York theater crowds and critics will call you out on your lack of talent, too. Ms. Sparks is a talented and brave woman to do Broadway. She will have to belt out 8 live shows a week, and there will be no sound editor to help her out.

  13. 13

    Um. Broadway is a huge deal. In the Heights is an incredible show and Nina is a great role (one of my dream roles, for sure). Her career isn't dying. For all you know, it might just be beginning with something new.

  14. 14

    Its so interesting how no one from American Idol ever lasts long.

    I think AI has totally destroyed the music industry because any moron who think they can sing can go on there and maybe win and then a year or so later— they're gone– look at that taylor guy or that guy who won when adam lambert came in second…

  15. 15

    Funny, I read this on EW.com hours ago. I love In the Heights and I'm jealous of Jordin who will get to make out with my man Chris Jackson (Benny) nightly. No fair!!

  16. DT says – reply to this


    Jodin is really a great singer. However, some really bad decisions have been made by her family and management. She has never once worked the "GAY" angle. Her has so many gay fans and they all have bought her records. She should take some notes from Lady Gaga and put herself out there. She has the R&B/ POP fan base already. If she wants some real loyal fans she should do some gay events. It's that simple.

  17. 17

    Her new album BATTLEFIELD is actually really good if not amazing….if people gave it a chance…I actually loved it…Her previous album I didn't care as much…I LOVED HER NEW ALBUM!

  18. 18

    Jordin Sparks is very talented and I know she will be great in the role of Nina on Broadway!

  19. Pisky says – reply to this


    You're an idiot lmao, her last album didn't do extremely well but it did ok, and battlefield was on every god damn station all day long. She's going there probably to take a break, perez posting opinions is ok, but not using logic while posting opinions is when it becomes trouble.

  20. 20

    Re: lovers – agreed

  21. 21

    Really? Do you know how many people would kill to be on Broadway??? Where careers die? I think not, toolio.

  22. 22

    Um….Jordin Sparks played at my school (ETSU) with Lupe Fiasco and B.O.B. opening up for her, and not only was attendance at an all time low, but everybody left before Sparks even went on stage! Wa wa waaaa. Are American Idol contestants really that great? Obviously not- I've heard few hits out of all the American Idol contestants, finalist, and winners. There are so many other musicians out there that haven't been discovered….and they're playing all around the country at local venues trying to make a name for themselves. Being successful takes WORK, and people on American Idol are thrown into this insanely competitive industry, and who REALLY watches Idol anymore? Not me, they all sound the same….Maybe we should have a show where music producers search the country, going around to local venues, or festivals to see who is really bankable? Idol obviously isn't doing it-

  23. 23

    She can tour with the other top winning talents: Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard. Fantasia might want to join in as well. Hear she's spent more than she's earned. They can hit all of the county fairs.

  24. 24

    Re: Chibey – You're comment RULES! Next time this fool insults Broadway I am going to slap him silly and ask Lea to join me. He has NO IDEA what kind of talent and work it takes. Not a clue. The man thinks Britney is the height of talent…..ugh.

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    Re: chandorena – Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Pickler, Chris Daughtry, David Cook, David Archuleta, Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Katherine McPhee. They're all still around.

  27. 27

    perez you a fucking hater,and for all you haters out there ,her career is far from over,do you know the number of people that will kill to get her part ,and also do you know her album was jives 3rd best selling last yr .it was just a bad yr for her,mss jordin is here to stay,her concerts are selling out and had to even add 25 more cities so keep hating fools ,she richer than you perez and all the people here

  28. 28

    Re: Mariellefolsom – funny you say this cos you just a hater,to have lupe and bob be openers for you is a big achievement ,also people didnt walk out at her set many actually stated till her set was done and it was amazing so fuck off

  29. pj88 says – reply to this


    She's starring in a Broadway play…not serving fries at Mcdonalds!!

  30. 30

    Wow. Being on Broadway is just something she'll have to settle for? You're an idiot.

  31. 31

    shes hardly struggling and actors train for years to be on the stage and people take for granted how gruelling it is but rewarding

  32. 32

    How is her career dead? Her new song with Guy Sebastian is on the song 10 times a day.

  33. 33

    Don't you support actors that go to Broadway, so why should musicians be any different? Hypocrite!

  34. 34

    Perez you're a complete idiot! but everyone knows that..i think even you know that. Broadway is a hugeeeeeee accomplishment and her career is farrrr from over. I still here Battlefield on a daily basis! and to whoever that was that said she needs to take tips from Lady Gaga..wth would Jordin look like taking tips from her!? She has reached out to her gay fans. She's friends with friggin' B.Scott! love her. She has such an amazing voice..just because she's not around here showing skin booty dancing or making sex tapes people don't wanna give her a chance. Eff off! Get a life!