Numerous competitors have left Hollywood and moved to the East Coast to take a stab at Broadway; many have done so successfully.
Take a look:
Clay Aiken, Season 2 Starring in Monty Python's Spamalot.
Fantasia Barrino, Season 3 Starred in The Color Purple and is signed on to star in the movie version.
Frenchie Davis, Season 2 After a strong early showing, Frenchie was disqualified after inapproriate photos of her were posted on the Internet; she went on to star in Rent.
Diana DeGarmo, Season 3 Starred as Penny Pingleton in Hairspray, then toured with the national touring company of Brooklyn the Musical before returning to Broadway in Hairspray again.
Tamyra Gray, Season 1 Starred in Rent and Bombay Dreams and is loving it!
Ruben Studdard, Season 2 Will star in the national tour of Ain't Misbehavin,' a tribute to the music of Fats Waller, with a scheduled stop in Salt Lake City.
Jennifer Hudson, Season 3 Was cast as Effie in the movie Dreamgirls, winning herself an Oscar and buzz about mounting a stage revival.
Latoya London, Season 3 Acted in Los Angeles and later joined the Broadway tour of The Color Purple.
Constantine Maroulis, Season 4 Performed on Broadway in The Wedding Singer and off-Broadway in Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.
Anthony Fedorov, Season 4 Performed off-Broadway in The Fantasticks.
Taylor Hicks, Season 5 Will join the Broadway cast of Grease as the teen angel on June 6.