These 'American Idol' Losers Are Decimating The Winners In Real Life

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The music label RCA is going through a major reorganization right now — and one of the artists bearing the brunt of it is Lee Dewyze.

Dewyze, the season nine winner of “American Idol,” has been dropped by the label. And now that huge record contract, the brass ring at which all “Idol” hopefuls grasp, is kaput.

Post-“Idol” life is funny that way — some of the winners fade out of the spotlight, and some of the contestants sent home in tears make an enormous comeback.

Ruben Studdard may have won it all in season two (narrowly), but it's Clay Aiken who's gone on to be (narrowly) more famous. Aiken has five albums as opposed to Studdard's four and a higher profile (his coming out prompted a People cover last year).

We daresay Jennifer Hudson — with her Oscar, movie career, Vogue cover, albums and Weight Watchers campaign — has outshined season three winner Fantasia Barrino.

David Cook and David Archuleta were neck and neck in season seven, and they continue to compete in real life — but with an upcoming holiday tour and the occasional family-drama tabloid headline, young Archuleta's got the fame edge at this point.

Kris Allen's season eight win was considered an upset, so it's no surprise that Adam Lambert has shot past him to superstardom.

With her huge voice and good looks, early exiter Pia Toscano upstaged eventual winner Scotty McCreery before the season was even over. Her debut album hasn't dropped yet, so we'll have to wait and see if she can outsell him, too.

Of course, that won't be easy, since McCreery's debut is on track to be No. 1 by Sunday. But there are other threats to his longterm dominance: runners-up Haley Reinhart and Lauren Alaina both have records forthcoming.

Now check out a longtime Hollywood winner.

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