Just ask Adam Lambert, the runner-up on last season’s American Idol. He lost the title, but went on to record a debut album that sold 198,000 copies in the first week, was nominated for, and won, Young Hollywood Awards and Teen Choice Awards, performed at the American Music Awards and won a Much Music Video Award. Oh, and he was on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. And on Oprah. Can you imagine how his career would have tanked had Tim Allen’s son not won?
Or you could ask Jennifer Hudson, that other American Idol loser. She finished in 7th place and that Disney movie with Mickey Mouse as a magician won the contest. Worked out alright for her though, she won an Oscar, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actor’s Guild Award and a Grammy. She sang at the Superbowl and is friends with the president. She was also on Oprah. Pretty impressive career milestones for a loser, no?
Then, of course, there is arguably the most famous loser – Al Gore. After losing the presidential race to the Supreme Court, Gore did OK. He’s got an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy, a Webby, and, oh yeah, a freakin’ Nobel Peace Prize! He was a runner-up again, but this time for Time’s 2007 Person of the Year. That’s OK though, George W ended up being runner-up to Nixon as the most unpopular president ever. Yin and yang. It’s all about balance. Oh, and I nearly forgot, Gore was also on Oprah.
Which brings me to a recent loser. Nicky. Yup, me. I almost won a really awesome DVD with zombie strippers from Superficial Gallery and Jenny Beans. But I didn’t. Nope. Instead, the really awesome zombie stripper DVD went to my WWFC co-blogging buddy Mark, or Matt, or Mitch or something. Lucky bastard. Now he’s watching zombie strippers while polishing the Flamingo Award he also won that I didn’t win. Whatever. I don’t care. I’m going to sit here and wait for Oprah to call.