Can Mario Vazquez escape the 'Idol' losers' curse?

91013__mario_lIt’s hard out there for an American Idol also-ran. While the show’s four champs to date have all scored platinum albums, folks like Jasmine Trias, John Stevens, and LaToya London — none of whom made it to the final two — have struggled to get airplay or score any kind of significant album sales.

But Season 4’s Mario Vazquez, who dropped out of the competition after advancing to the final 12, is hoping to buck that trend, and I think the dude might be able to pull it off. For starters, Vazquez had enough talent and charisma (remember his ”I Love Music”?) that I think he would’ve given Carrie Underwood and Bo Bice a serious challenge if he hadn’t leapt out the Idol escape hatch. What’s more, according to an interview with Vazquez, he’s lined up such A-list collaborators as Ne-Yo, Scott Storch, Kerry "Krucial" Brothers, and Soulshock and Karlin for his J Records debut, due this summer. So as long as he loses the Davy Crockett hat, I’m betting Vazquez will join Clay Aiken, Josh Gracin, and Dreamgirls‘ Jennifer Hudson in escaping the Idol losers curse.

Actually, looking at that list of success stories, maybe a better question is this: What curse?

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  • Paul K

    Don’t forget Kimberley Locke! She had a great debut album “One Love” on Curb Records, that spawned two adult contemporary hits (“8th World Wonder” and “I Could”). She also had a No. 1 hit at Christmas with the Christmas song “Up on the Housetop.” She has hit No. 1 on four different charts, including Single Sales and Dance Single Sales for her remix of “8th World Wonder.” She is releasing her second album on Curb this summer and her new single, “Supawoman” is about to get released to radio. Go Kimberley!

  • Fatima

    The sales for Tamyra Gray’s album were pretty disappointing. It was a fairly solid neo-soul release that really should have found a wider audience.

  • GOB

    Don’t forget about William Hung. He had a very successful run of media appearances and headlined the “Hung Jury” on Judge Reinhold’s show.

  • Christina

    He will be lucky to get a Gold record out of it. He’s “Mario who?” to most viewers of American Idol by now. Plus his lead single “Gallery” a’int nothing to write home about. He should have never quit Idol.

  • Stephanie

    It is going to a miracle if he can pull it off. Mario “stepped in it” when he resigned from the final 12 last season.

  • Ep Sato

    I called Mario the smartest contestant ever to go on that show when he left and stand behind the statement. He’s going to soar beyond anything Simon could have done for him. He got out of American Idol what he needed,which was an initial shot at exposure and a record contract. The rest is up to him.

  • Not a fan

    I hope he falls flat on his face. Thinking he can do so well without the competition that freakin got him the record deal. The guy isn’t THAT great. Like Simon says, “So what?”

  • Liza

    Back then,I thought he had made a smart move, but it’s been so long since that I had forgotten all about him.

  • djm

    I LOVE me some K-Lo!!! She was my choice over both Ruben & Clay and I will continue to support her whenever I can. Go Kimberley!!!!

  • djm

    PS – as for Mario – I really liked him last season and I doubt that J Records would have signed him if they didn’t believe that he would find an audience. I haven’t heard his new single, but I have an open mind about it and if I like it I’d consider buying his cd. He is WAY better than most of the contestants on the current season, that’s fo sho!

  • JAKe

    Give me a break Marios voice was not all that great. Had he remained on AI I have a feeling his weaknesses would have shown like whats happening with Ace.

  • Joanie

    “(remember his ”I Love Music”?)”
    Not exactly memorable, but if I recall correctly it was nasally and barely average. Like everything else he sang.
    Mario? Big yawn from me. If he succeeds it’ll be due to unwarranted promotion, not anything else.

  • mark

    I loved Mario and can’t wait for his album!!! Cheers to him for doing it without having to sign his life away to the AI juggernaut. In you Face Simon Cowell!!

  • Daryl

    Kimberley Locke should have been mentioned in your article. The third runner up from season 2 has released a really good cd called “One Love”, had the number one adult contemporary song, “Up on the Rooftop”, during this past Christmas season for 4 weeks and is preparing to release her sophmore cd in the summer. The first single, “Supawoman”, has already been released for listening on the internet. This lovely lady from Tennessee shouldn’t be underestimated!

  • Dee

    Actually Jasmine is doing really well in Hawaii. She’s just not making a mark here. I’m not a fan but she’s has them.

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