Broadway Beckons for American Idol Also-Rans

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Note to those that get kicked off American Idol 6 in a few months: Don't worry. Broadway may be in your future.

Past contestants that couldn't quite pull a Kelly Clarkson or Taylor Hicks have proven as much.

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For example, Constantine Maroulis is in the Broadway production of "The Wedding Singer," while Diana DeGarmo (pictured) has just rejoined "Hairspray." Josh Strickland stars in "Tarzan" and Frenchie Davis is in "Rent."

Maroulis said he welcomes the challenge and is just trying to keep up right now with the hectic schedule.

Meanwhile, DeGarmo said she has American Idol fans coming to see her, while "Hairspray" fans who never saw her on TV become familiar with her talents. She also likes having a regular paycheck and the time to hit the studio to record her own music.

Casting agent Bernard Telsey says he requires his staff to watch the FOX sensation.

"We basically root for the losers," he said. "That means we can put them in a Broadway show."

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