Only one short week away from the final show-down of “American Idol,” but the show’s fans still have a whole summer to look forward to as the top 10 finalists hit the road together. Billboard.com turns to more AI season seven finalists – Michael Johns, Brooke White and Carly Smithson — for some thoughts on what lies ahead of them, despite no longer being part of the program.
Billboard columnist Fred Bronson has been spending time with the quartet since they became part of the show’s top 24. He recently had a chance to spend a full day interviewing the singers, and found them opening up about their thoughts on the “Idol” experience, as well as sharing illuminating details of their musical backgrounds and aspirations.
At 29, Michael Johns made it into the final rounds of “American Idol” at the last possible year he could, due to age constraints. The Aussie sat down with Billboard to discuss his label luck, tennis and being one of the few married finalists on AI. Read More
From smiles to tears and everything in between, Brooke White was one of the most emotionally charismatic finalists on “American Idol” this season. Billboard chatted with the Arizona native about her musical background and her dreams post-AI. Read More
Carly Smithson wasn’t much like a lot of “American Idol” finalists: she had a rock edge, a load of tattoos and even had a record label deal before she joined the show. Read up on her international past, her plans for the Broadway stage and her former alliance with MCA. Read More