Season 10 winner: Scotty McCreery
Scotty McCreery took home the Idol win in 2011 and he's tried to get the most out of his newfound fame. The country crooner hit the road with his fellow contestants before releasing "Clear As Day" in October. The album was an instant hit, going to No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Despite his early success, McCreery isn't banking solely on his music career. For now, he's finishing up high school and filling out college applications. "College is important to me. Education is important to me. You never know how far your job can take you," McCreery, who plans to study marketing or communications, told
the Columbus Dispatch. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images /May 21, 2014)
Adam Lambert, familiar to most Fox viewers as an "American Idol" runner-up, will be returning to Fox this fall when he joins the cast of "Glee."
"Glee" creator Ryan Murphy announced the cast addition on Twitter on Wednesday, telling fans, "I am thrilled to announce that the super talented Adam Lambert is joining the cast of Glee this fall."
Murphy did not indicate whether Lambert would be a series regular or just a guest star for an episode or two. Previously, another "American Idol" runner-up, Jessica Sanchez, had appeared on the show for a two-episode arc.
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Though Lambert started his career in musical theater, notably in the musical version of "The Ten Commandments," starring Val Kilmer, this would be his first acting role in film or TV. Which is a bit surprising considering just how theatrical Lambert's stage persona has always been, even during his "Idol" run in 2009.
Lambert's "Glee" role will also be a chance to back up criticisms he voiced early this year about the actors in the film version of "Les Miserables" not being professional singers.
On Twitter, he wrote, "Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers. ...it's an opera."
Those comments went viral and "Les Miserables" star Russell Crowe even responded, defending the decision not to sweeten the vocals. Now it's Crowe's turn to watch Lambert's acting.
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