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Idol's Almost Famous

From Clay Aiken's doppelgänger to the crying cowboy, catch up with some of last season's most memorable rejects

THE LITTLE DIVA

Brenna Gethers
After being kicked off Idol, the brash wannabe promised, "I will be talked about." Turns out she was right. Last summer, Gethers, 26, replaced the lead singer of the Bomb Squad, a funk-rock band that won an American Music Award for Best New Music in 2003. "I feel so grateful," says Gethers, a former health-care-firm coordinator who lives outside Boston. And her Idol reputation remains larger than life. "I get recognized every day. People think I was Top 3, (but) I only made it to Top 20."