During the first three seasons the public chose the winner, but that rule was changed for season four where as the show's judges and producers selected the finalist.
Notables who attended the school are Anthony Fedorov (a finalist on American Idol), Patrick Murphy (Pennsylvania Congressman), and Steve Capus (president of NBC News).
Sanjaya Malakar knows a thing or two about being on American Idol - despite often being the joke of the reality talent competition, Sanjaya hung on as a finalist, making it to seventh place.
So many people cruise right on into Hyde, the trendiest of the LA hot spots, on any given night: Paris Hilton, American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry, and Pamela Anderson, to name a few.
Boyd's win over fellow finalist, singer Eli Mattson, was what host Jerry Springer called "the closest result we've ever had, with less than one half of one percent between these two."
Music sets the tone for holiday events, from classics like Jingle Bells to newer songs like Melodies of Christmas, which is performed by the American Idol finalist David Archuleta.
Racy photographs of Diana DeGarmo American Idol top-20 finalist Antonella Barba have been circulating on the Internet, creating the first scandal of this season's show.
While Marcel has come back for the Top Chef: All-Stars competition, Ilan returned to the show in the finale of season seven as part of finalist Ed Cotton's team.
Finalist Rory Schepisi, a Texas restaurant owner, will now face off against third-place contestant Amy Finely, a freelance writer and caterer from California.
Once a Miss Teen Hawaii finalist, 34-year old Beatie looks like your average male thanks to plenty of testosterone, a beard, and the removal of his breasts.