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Guarini Gone

The American Idol franchise has done very well with Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard, apparently less so with Justin Guarini:

    Justin Guarini, the second-place finalist for the first season of “American Idol,” has reportedly been dropped by RCA.

    The label, which no longer lists him on its Web site, declined comment. Guarini’s eponymous debut album has sold 134,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

    By contrast, the debut from first-season “Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson, “Thankful,” has sold 1.7 million copies. Second-season finalist Clay Aiken’s “Measure of a Man” has sold 1.3 million copies since its release in October.

    ….Guarini did not appear on last week’s Fox “An American Idol Christmas” TV special, although he was initially announced as one of the performers. 19 Entertainment, which signed Guarini to a management deal after his appearance on “Idol,” did not return calls.

    ….”American Idol’s” third season premieres Jan. 20, 2004. According to published reports, music producer Pete Waterman, a judge on the U.K.’s “Pop Idol,” is in discussions to join the show as a fourth judge alongside current “American Idol” judges Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Cowell. [Billboard]

Guarini does have one song on the American Idol: The Great Holiday Classics collection.

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014.Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected], Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted.Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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