'American Idol' Losers Are Broadway Winners

NEW YORK (September 22, 2006) — There is an upside to getting kicked off “American Idol”: Broadway may be interested.

Constantine Maroulis is in the Broadway production of “The Wedding Singer,” while Diana DeGarmo has just rejoined “Hairspray.” Josh Strickland stars in “Tarzan,” and Frenchie Davis is in “Rent.”

Maroulis says he welcomes the challenge and he’s just trying to keep up right now. DeGarmo says she has “American Idol” fans coming to see her, and “Hairspray” fans who never saw her on TV get to know what she can do. She says she likes having a regular paycheck and the time to hit the studio to record her own music.

Casting agent Bernard Telsey says he requires his staff to watch “American Idol.” As he puts it, “We basically root for the losers. That means we can put them in a Broadway show.”

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