Tragic Things That Have Happened To American Idol Contestants

  • Published on: 23 July 2015
  • We all know that fame doesn't make you immune to personal tragedies. But when terrible things happen to the young stars on American Idol, it almost feels like it's happening to a friend. Here are some of the worst things that have happened to Idol contestants.

    Joanne Borgella, Season 7
    Joanne was diagnosed with a rare form of endometrial cancer about a year ago. She passed away on October 18th, 2014.

    Paula Goodspeed, Season 5
    After being rejected in the initial auditions of season 5, it was rumored that Paula was stalking Paula Abdul, who was then a judge on the show. Paula Goodspeed committed suicide outside of Paula Abdul's home in 2008.

    Michael Johns, Season 7
    Michael suffered an injury to his ankle, resulting in a blood clot. This ultimately claimed his life at the age of 35.

    Danny Gokey, Season 8
    Danny was very open about the tragedy that struck just 4 weeks before he auditioned for the show. His wife Sophia underwent routine surgery for congenital heart disease, but died from complications. Danny set up a foundation called Sophia's Heart to help those in need, and 4 years after Sophia's death, he remarried.

    Alexis Cohen, Seasons 7 & 8
    Hopeful Alexis Cohen tried out for Idol 2 consecutive seasons, but never made it past the first round. In 2009, she was killed in a hit-and-run accident in New Jersey.

    Jessica Phillips, Season 11
    Jessica shared a heart-wrenching story during her audition in Portland. She said that her boyfriend of 5 years suffered a stroke while celebrating a friend's birthday. He was in the hospital for a month and a half, and when he finally woke up, he didn't recognize Jessica. Now, Jessica stated she is more of a caretaker and there is a different kind of love between them now.

    Fantasia Barrino, Season 3
    After a tumultuous relationship with her then-boyfriend, Fantasia reportedly attempted suicide in 2010.

    Angela Martin, Seasons 7 & 8
    Angela was on the show several times, but was never able to get past the Hollywood auditions. Between the 7th and 8th seasons, her father was killed.

    Angela Martin, Season 9
    Angela returned for Season 9, and revealed that her mother had been missing. As far as we know, she still hasn't been found.

    Lee Dewayze, Season 9
    Lee didn't speak on the show about a horrific tragedy that took place in his family in 2004. His 80-year-old grandmother Eileen was murdered by her own son John, Lee's uncle.

    Jennifer Hudson, Season 3
    In 2008, Hudson suffered one of the most horrific blows anyone could ever face - her mother, brother, and young nephew were all brutally murdered.

    Kree Harrison, Season 12
    Kree was very open on the show about her tragic situation - her father died in a plane crash when she was 12 and her mother died in a car accident just a few years later.
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  • TC Collins
    TC Collins   3 weeks ago

    That thing about Fantasia commiting suicide I don't believe that

  • Menahem Fernandez
    Menahem Fernandez   1 months ago

    People , better listen and open your heart to Jesus. Time is running out. Have you noticed Iran, Russia, China, Korea and a lot of Countries right now are angry with America. These things are Biblical .BOOK OF REVELATION IS TRUE. The only security for sure you can get is into Jesus to get the 2nd Life. Repent and change our ways : think God before we Talk, Think God before we decide, Think God before we react on things, worshiping Jesus is not to make our LIFE a STORM FREE LIFE , BELIEVING AND OBEYING JESUS WILL GUARANTEE A STORM PROOF OF LIFE. ALWAYS Think of Jesus irregardless of how much SIN we have .The goal is GO AND SIN NO MORE. We need to repent.The secret of salvation is GODLY SORROW and REPENTANCE. The prayer is easy to memorize " JESUS SAVE ME"

  • Jabber Jawz
    Jabber Jawz   3 months ago

    Fantasia didnt die. Dumbass. Liar. Smh

  • A S
    A S   4 months ago

    The music accompanying this morbid video!!

  • Bg Labelle
    Bg Labelle   5 months ago

    besides the suicide outside Paula's home, these are all tragedies that most people have in their lives at one point or another. Not all of them but at least 1 of them. our lives all come with some sort of tragedy.

  • Silas
    Silas   5 months ago

    Simon is a piece of crap.

  • Ashley Smith
    Ashley Smith   5 months ago

    Add Haley smith the girl who died in a motorcycle accident who was on season 11 to the list.

  • Chris L
    Chris L   5 months ago

    What the hell are you doing playing this music? Sounds you're demonstrating how to build a shed...

  • mike pack
    mike pack   7 months ago

    moral of the video..... DON'T TRY OUT FOR AMERICAN IDOL!!!!!

  • Siggy Mueller
    Siggy Mueller   7 months ago

    You forgot about Rickey Smith who was in the top 10 of Season 2. He was killed in a head-on car crash, killed by a driver going the wrong way on the interstate.

  • Mae Bella aka Mae
    Mae Bella aka Mae   7 months ago

    ❤️❤️❤️😥😥😥😥😥so Sad my condolence goes out to each and every one of their families God bless all.🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏😇😇😇😇😇😇

  • 666Spn
    666Spn   7 months ago

    I loved Micheal season 7

  • AuntFanny
    AuntFanny   7 months ago

    I admit I expected a lot more suicides. A lot of the people we see being rejected seem totally incapable of dealing with reality, so this, while very sad in parts, was not nearly as bad as I would have thought.

  • Thiagoc_01
    Thiagoc_01   8 months ago

    Obscure aftermath song, that just makes me happy

  • Lady V
    Lady V   8 months ago

    Jennifer Hudson's family was not murdered they were sacrificed so that she could get a shot at stardom.....there is a lot that is happening out here that people are oblivious to.

  • Karen Carney
    Karen Carney   8 months ago

    14 tragic things that hap 2 american idol contestants aka..14 people that died or had someone close to them, die

  • september quest
    september quest   9 months ago

    Every one is sensitive..we can't all be big stars..what happened to these folks was destined to happen with or without American just was the timing and life that produces this outcome..who can we one.

  • Smitten Kitten
    Smitten Kitten   9 months ago

    I love the upbeat and energetic background music....

  • Star Anna
    Star Anna   10 months ago

    How about that Chris who got engaged to a beautiful girl & she had a tragic accident on her bridal party night that caused brain trauma??

  • first&eldest
    first&eldest   10 months ago

    1:40. Her heart is not only golden but a beautiful one!

  • hanna scherr
    hanna scherr   10 months ago

    all is heart breaking esp jen hutson omg R.I.P.

  • Kaitlyn Winslow
    Kaitlyn Winslow   10 months ago

    I think she the reason why that Paula left American idol