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Idol finalists look back at the road to stardom

Former "American Idol" contestants are talking about the tough competition and how the show doesn't necessarily mean instant stardom.  Past finalists have a mixed track record when they go out into the real world.

Season seven finalist Brooke White says, "Life after Idol is definitely in interesting transition.  You could say, really, on the show you go from zero to a million miles an hour."  And another season seven finalist, Syesha Mercado, remarks on, "How fast it just happened, so it's just crazy how it all happened so fast, and now its over, and we're all moving on to the next step in our careers."

American Idol favorites from seasons past are kicking off a 14-city tour, and the TV show "American Idol Extra" kicks off its new season by bringing back some familiar faces.

Season six runner-up Blake Lewis says, "I am making a new record right now with Tommy Boy Records. It's a pop-electro record and I'm just working my tail off."

What is season six finalist Phil Stacey up to?  "I was able to release a record with Disney last year, it's a country album, its very contemporary, of course."

As for season six finalist Melinda Doolitte, she says, "My album is called "Coming Back to You," and it is a retro-soul throwback record with all live instruments, live horns, live strings.  It's music that I want and I love and I'm so glad is current now."

One thing they all agree on -- it's no easy road, but they wouldn't change a thing.  Michael Johnson says he's, "Just been doing a lot of appearances and charity work, and life's been good, just travel, travel, travel."

And John Castro, a season seven finalist, says, "Of course there are challenges, it's life, but coming off the tour and just going into the world of music its like, all right, what do I do here?  So for a minute it's like, meeting people, figuring out where you're going to go, but I'm finding my way."

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