American Idol: Revenge of the Runners-Up!

They were second place, but they're still Idols to millions. (Well, most of them.) Catch up with Clay, Katharine and the rest. By Brian Orloff


Season 1 Runner-Up
He once described his post-Idol career path as a "free fall," but despite his difficulties, Justin Guarini (who lost to Kelly Clarkson in the show's 2002 first season) hasn't given up on show-biz. Guarini, 28, is working on a follow-up to his recently released jazz standard album Stranger Things Have Happened, and he's filming the comedy Fast Girl. "To be able to go around the country and keep making music, the one overriding emotion I have is gratitude," he says.