American Idolatry: The Career-Making Gift That Keeps on Giving

Sure, the real action happens on the American Idol stage, but the legendary Idol boost extends well beyond the broadcasts. Even in the off-season, or once you're off the judge’s table, doing time on Idol pays off handsomely. For example:

Kris Allen has remained on the collective pop-culture radar screen since his surprise win, and that’s thanks, in part, to his use of the ubiquitous social-networking tool, Twitter. Allen kept his hype ball rolling by Tweeting the news of his debut album’s release date. The Tweet was short and sweet, but did the trick to set the media a-Twitter (pun fully intended): “Hey guys! The album is set to release Nov 17th.

Kara DioGuardi, the only remaining female who still has a seat at the American Idol judge’s table, can now add the title of “recording artist” to her resume. According to The New York Post, DioGuardi has recorded a version of “No Boundaries”, the song she wrote for this year’s winner, Kris Allen. Allen had been performing it as part of his Idol tour show, but has since dropped it from his set list. DioGuardi’s version was posted to You Tube yesterday.

Not that there’s been a shortage of Paula Abdul headlines over the past several months, but a new interview pushed her to the top of the news agenda this week. Speaking to, Abdul said there’s a good chance we’ll be seeing her on the small screen again before long, saying she would “definitely want to do a talk show because it would be different.” She refused to give too much away, but described the potential show as: “a lot of fun variety with a ton of unexpected stuff and tributes to everyday people getting their big chance.”

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