By Grady Smith
October 16, 2011 at 06:50 PM EDT

It’s always fun to follow the careers of American Idol contestants who don’t win the show.

Most of them fade into relative obscurity once the American Idols LIVE! tour wraps, but some score record deals and go on to have fruitful careers in the music biz.

Season 9 contestant Casey James came in third place on the show, but he was quickly signed to Sony Music Nashville, and with his just-released music video for extra smooth country single “Let’s Don’t Call it a Night,” he’s making his best effort to stay relevant post-Idol. (The single currently sits at number 43 on the country chart.)

Check out James’ video below, along with new-ish new music videos from Siobhan Magnus, Josh Gracin, and Brooke White’s duo Jack and White. Which ones sound/look best to you?

And here’s a bonus clip for you. It isn’t a music video, but Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina recently stopped by Live with Regis and Kelly to sing her new single “Georgia Peaches,” and she looked and sounded better than she ever did on the show. Check it out:

See! There is hope after Idol, and whether or not you like any of the songs above, you’ve gotta admit that it’s nice to see hard-working Idol alums putting in the time to make and release new music. Everyone loves a fighter. (Side note: All this Idol talk is getting me even more excited to hear some new material from Haley Reinhart, who, according to Twitter, has been recording her new album in Chicago.)

Which videos did you like most?

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