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‘Idol’ alums get Grammy love

Underwood_2 Every year I say I’m not going to watch and every year I get sucked in to “American Idol” mania. The reality behemoth returns on Jan. 15 with the audition rounds. This year, I’m really looking forward to it since the strike has left us with a dearth of new scripted programming.

As Season Pass panelist Phil Gallo points out in his Grammy story, today was quite a day for “Idol” alums:

Mandisa_2“Although Kelly Clarkson’s ‘My December’ was snubbed, the acceptance of ‘American Idol’ by the music industry continues. Music related to the show’s alums racked up 12 noms, including one for Mandisa (pictured right) in the pop-contemporary gospel category.”

In addition to season 5 top-10 contestant Mandisa’s nom, Grammy recognized season 5’s fourth place finisher Chris Daughtry (four noms); season 4 winner and perpetual kudo darling Carrie Underwood (pictured above left) and her music (four noms); and season 3 winner Fantasia (three noms).

And that pretty much sums up the appeal of the show. Where else can you watch a star being born?

— Kathy Lyford

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