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Will Skylar Laine Make It In Country? Five American Idols That Didn’t

This week American Idol said goodbye to its one remaining country performer, Skylar Laine, killing the chances for a country winner two years in a row. However, it seems every year, at least one of the contestants shows up in country music, even if they didn't do any country on the show. So, will Skylar be like the Carrie Underwoods of the world or one of the five Idols on this list that didn't fare so well in country?

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Scott Gries / Getty Images


Carmen Rasmusen

Season 2



This Canadian-American finished 6th on Idol behind stand-outs like Josh Gracin, who finished 4th. While Josh has managed to have some hits sporadically in country, including a number one, Carmen has faded into obscurity, after an attempt to release one single back in 2007.


Kevin Winter
Kevin Winter


Kristy Lee Cook

Season 7



Seventh place on season seven…sounds lucky, but it was not to be. This Seattle native not only lost a record deal before Idol, but it didn't take long to lose one after Idol. Her single “15 Minutes of Shame” may have been a quirky prediction for this girl. The one glimmer of hope is that she is now signed with Broken Bow Records, however she's the only artist on the label without a single or album at this time.


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Kevin Winter / Getty Images


Phil Stacey

Season 6



Phil Stacey was one of the finest talents on his season of American Idol. The one thing he never really showed is his desire to be a country singer. I think that may be one thing that held him back. His first single “If I Didn't Love You,” just barely cracked the top 30, and now Phil has turned to Christian music.


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Mike Coppola / Getty Images


Danny Gokey

Season 8



I feel like Danny Gokey might have been the most talented of all the contestants in season 8 of Idol. After making it all the way to 3rd place, he, like Phil Stacey was put into country music, I guess because he didn't fit anywhere else. After a couple so-so singles, he left RCA Nashville and, like Stacey, found himself in Christian music.


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Jason Merritt / Getty Images


Crystal Bowersox

Season 9



Crystal was a heavy favorite to win American Idol, but was beaten by the underdog, Lee Dewyze. I think anyone who watched the show expected her to be successful, but no one expected the success to be in country music. When she emerged with a country single called “Farmer's Daughter,” the song was a little too dark for the country audience, plus a more fun “Farmer's Daughter” had just been released by Rodney Atkins. After RCA Records went through a restructuring, Bowersox was left without a record deal.


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