Here are updates on some of last season’s finalists:

Syesha Mercado – She’s working on an album with as she calls them “amazing Grammy award-winning producers and songwriters.” She’ll appear on the Top 5 Results show.

Kristy Lee Cook – She bought a house, is working with her horse rescue foundation and has some concert dates coming up this summer.

Brooke White – She is working on her new album – High Hopes and Hearbreak – due out June 2. Her single – “Hold Up My Heart” – made the iTunes Top 10 after its release.

Michael Johns – He is releasing a single and album. The album – Hold Back My Heart – comes out June 23 and the single – “Heart on My Sleeve – is due out on Tuesday (April 14).

Carly Smithson – Finally, she is just putting the finishing touches on a
record. Here is what she told Billboard Magazine: “Industry felt
differently about a direction for me. I felt I needed to go away and finish
songs I had already written to show them, ‘No, this is who Carly really

Jason Castro – He has signed a deal with Atlantic Records and plans to
release an album this summer.

And, another one from seasons past:

Taylor Hicks – As you probably have heard over and over again on local TV, he’s playing Teen Angel in the national touring company of Grease which is now in SF.