Kimberly Caldwell may not have become the next American Idol during season two of the hit singing competition, but she still managed to make a career out of it.
The singer, who shared the stage with Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard, has become a regular television personality and her most recent gig is the host of Oxygen's Best Ink — a show competition looking for the best tattoo artist. In a recent interview, Caldwell talked about her transition in Hollywood after getting the boot from Idol, saying:
"I took the opportunity at 21 years-old not knowing that eight, nine, oh my God, 10 years later, I would still be doing this. I was a singer, but when I got on stage, I'd talk to people and have always been comfortable with the microphone and in front of the camera, since I was really little. The first gig I got was with Fox Sports and it did come easy, just because I was being myself and somebody appreciated that, but then learning the art of hosting and of being on television and running the show without it looking too contrived, it took years for me to really get the hang of it and now I feel like I'm good at it."
Although she's shifted her aspirations, Kimberly is still a singer and will always be a singer. When asked if she's had to sacrifice her music endeavors, she revealed:
I don't think it’s a sacrifice, like one or the other. Best Ink is a gig that I really wanted and, but I just got booked in Vietnam opening for Taio Cruz in April, which I'm so excited about. I’ve been really lucky to do both. When I was little, I was glued to every show of Star Search — I knew every performer, I was obsessed and wound up going on the show and winning five times. After Star Search, I did a show called Pop Stars and I was in Branson, Missouri for four years doing two shows a day, and then Idol came along and it was literally just another thing I was doing because I love singing. I had no ideal it would launch a career or give me recognition all over America. But it’s funny, because as much as I appreciate recording artist Kimberly Caldwell or television host Kimberly Caldwell, I am most known as American Idol's, Kimberly Caldwell. I know that there are a lot of people who’ve been on Idol that are like, “I don't want any Idol questions, don't put Idol in the title and all these things,” but it’s something that I'm really proud to be a part of.
Like so many other contestants who couldn't quite reach the top on Idol, we're happy to hear that she still benefited from her time on the show. Good luck with the rest of your career, gurl!
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