10 American Idols Who Had Starring TV And Movie Roles
For decades, american idol has hosted dozens of aspiring singers, but since the show debuted in 2002, it has become a jumping-off point for many successful actors. While these idols continue to live out their dreams in the music industry, they also scored fifteen minutes of fame (or a lot more for some) in Hollywood with starring roles in both television and film.
Some have become Hallmark Channel rising stars while two have had a movie named after them, and a few have even won highly acclaimed awards for their performances. But even though these idols were known for their acting abilities, each of them managed to incorporate their Simon Cowell– Approved voices in their roles.
Kelly Clarkson as Kelly Taylor, “From Justin to Kelly” (2003)
american idol the first season not only spawned several debut albums, but gave us the infamous movie, From Justin to Kelly. Winner Kelly Clarkson played the role of Kelly Taylor alongside her finalist Justin Guarini in this musical that had Guarini and Clarkson falling for each other onscreen.
Despite the film’s lackluster reviews and box office numbers, it didn’t kill Clarkson’s acting dreams, later scoring guest and voice-over appearances in several series and movies throughout. of her career.
Justin Guarini as Justin Bell, “From Justin to Kelly” (2003)
Season 1 runner-up Justin Guarini took on the role of Justin Bell, opposite his compatriot Idol contestant Kelly Clarkson. While the film told a romantic story of two strangers turned lovers, it also featured several musical performances from the star idols, including Guarini performing “Timeless” from his 2003 self-titled debut album.
Although he earned a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actor for this role, Guarini has proven himself to shine both on screen and on stage with a handful of guest appearances and several starring roles. at the theatre.
Jennifer Hudson as Effie White, “Dreamgirls”
After shocking the country when she came in seventh place in the third season of american idol, it was only two years later Jennifer Hudson made waves with his film debut in dream girls. Playing Effie White, Hudson stars alongside other leading ladies Beyonce and Anika Noni Rose.
The role earned Hudson an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, earning the title of youngest African-American performer to win in a competitive acting category.
Carrie Underwood as Sarah Hill, ‘Soul Surfer’ (2011)
After only a few appearances on television, the winner of season 4 Carrie Underwood made her film debut in the 2011 film soul surfer, featuring alongside AnnaSophia Robb. In this film based on the true story of a surfer and survivor of a shark attack Bethany Hamilton, Underwood takes on the role of Sarah Hill, the youth church leader who guides Bethany after the attack.
Underwood’s only film role came with a chance to use his silky smooth voice, performing a cover of by Matt Redman “Blessed Be Your Name” in the movie.
Kellie Pickler as Laurel, ‘Christmas at Graceland’ (2018)
After starring in a CMT reality show and becoming a Dancing with the stars champ, the american idol the sixth place broke into film as the lead actress in the Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie Christmas at Graceland. Filmed at Graceland Mansion, Kelly Pickler starred with the Hallmark actor Wes Brown and shared a duet of “Silent Night”.
Pickler revisited Laurel’s role in the 2019 sequel Wedding at Graceland, followed by a starring role in another Hallmark Christmas movie, The secret of mistletoe.
Katharine McPhee as Paige Dineen, ‘Scorpio’ (2014-2018)
Although Katharine McPhee got lead roles in three separate series, her longest career was as a main cast member in the CBS drama Scorpio. For four seasons, McPhee portrayed Paige Dineen, Team Scorpion’s social manager until the series finale.
This role was preceded by McPhee’s starring role in smash and later followed by her starring role in Netflix country comfort, which only lasted one season.
Jordin Sparks as Sparkle Anderson, ‘Sparkle’ (2012)
In a film that lives up to its name, Idol winner Jordan Sparks made his film debut alongside whitney houston, Sparks’ on-screen mother who also produced the film. Sparks’ portrays the main character Sparkle in the film of the same name which hit theaters just months after Houston’s death.
Sparks shared a duet with Houston on the sparkled soundtrack titled “Celebrate”, the last song Houston recorded before his death. The duo earned Sparks a Soul Train Award for Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance.
David Archuleta as Josh Bradley, ‘Nandito Ako’ (2012)
The least known of Idol the main roles of the elders are by David Archuleta lead role in the Filipino miniseries Nandito Ako. Archuleta portrayed main man Josh Bradley, a singer who goes on a mission to find his mother he thought was dead, encountering an unexpected love triangle along the way.
It was Archuleta’s first major acting role and his first television appearance without playing himself. The role won Archuleta a Teevee Award in the Philippines for Favorite Television Performance by an Actor, but his real-life 2012 LDS mission trip prevented him from accepting the award in person.
Brooke White as Sally Danville, ‘Changing Plans’ (2011)
The fifth singer of season 7 Brooke White started acting with a lead role in the FOX film “Family Movie Night” Change of plan. White plays Sally in this family comedy-drama about a couple who suddenly become guardians of four children.
White lent her singing and writing three songs for the film which were produced by Randy Jackson, formerly of White Idol Judge, who also makes an appearance in the film.
Lauren Alaina as Charlotte, ‘Road Less Traveled’ (2017)
After becoming the finalist of Scotty McCreery in season 10, Lauren Alaina landed the lead role in country romance Road less taken. Alaina’s film debut was as a character no stranger to her, playing Charlotte, a country singer like herself. The film, written by Michael and Samantha Shear, was based on Alaina’s song and album, both titled “Road Less Traveled”.
Although the film didn’t even rank on Rotten Tomatoes’ tomatometer, this role paved the way for Alaina to later land another starring role in another country romance, this time in the 2021 Hallmark Channel movie. Road romance.
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