"American Idol" winners tend to wind up everywhere, or nowhere. At the pinnacle, you have Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, who probably would have had substantial careers even if they'd never been on the show. And down at the bottom are past winners like Lee DeWyze and Kris Allen, who are showing little sign of staying power beyond their moment of "American Idol" glory.
Another winner will be crowned on May 16, and it's too early to say which end of that continuum that Garner homeboy/season 10 winner Scotty McCreery will wind up at. If he's lucky, he'll come to rest in a middle ground somewhere in the neighborhood of season three winner Fantasia, who still has a surprisingly healthy commercial career nine years after winning "American Idol." The High Point native is on her fourth album, "Side Effects of You," which just became her second straight album to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's R&B chart. It also ties her best showing on the main Billboard 200 album list, debuting at No. 2.