Carmen's 'Idols'

Published: Thursday, Jan. 13 2011 11:23 p.m. MST

Editor’s note: Former “American Idol” contestant Carmen Rasmusen Herbert writes about her favorite entertainers in her column “What I Love About … ” Read her weekly blog online at DeseretNews.com. One of the most frequent questions I get as a former “American Idol” contestant is, “Do you still keep in touch with other contestants who were on the show?” The answer is, yes and no. I don’t really call any of my “Idol” friends on a regular basis, but between attending “Idol finales” in Los Angeles, doing shows in Branson, Mo., “Idol” camps in Maine, and appearing on several entertainment shows every now and again, I see lots of other top 10 finalists whom I’ve become acquainted with. And even though we don’t sit at each other’s houses and chat for hours (although I have with some), I’ve formed a special bond with these people — the only ones in the world who know what it’s like to be emotionally slashed by Simon Cowell. So, in anticipation of the 10th season of “American Idol,” which starts Jan. 19, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite fellow “Idols” from seasons past.
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Utah Girl
Vernal, UT

I have not been a an American Idol watcher or fan, mainly because I could not stand Simon. He was a jerk. But some amazing, talented people have passed through those doors. I love David Archuleta, and I'm 63, not a teeny bopper. I love his personality, genuineness, and his amazing voice. I wish him, and all the rest of you, the best.

Boise, ID

I have been a fan from the get-go but I just can't get excited about this next season. Just can't do it. But. . .

I thought your picks were awesome. I was curious as to whom you would choose but you had some nice picks.

The only guy I think you are missing is David Cook. I know that he was the same season as David A. (who I just love and think is a cutie, by the way), but what he did rearranging those songs (think Billie Jean) was unbelievable.

I was a Clay fan, too! :)

Farmington, UT

I think your picks were excellent, but I think Katharine McPhee is among the top six American idol finalists so far. I'm looking forward to this season, but I'm hoping the producers don't spend so much time on the untalented goofballs who seem to dominate the auditions.

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