With his bad-boy looks, rocker voice and sensitive, family-man persona, Daughtry was the early favorite to win Season 5 of American Idol. So when this North Carolina singer came in as the fourth runner-up, his ousting shocked the viewers, the judges and even Daughtry himself, and sparked a small scandal (some fans complained that the contestants' phone lines had gotten crossed). His critics insisted he got the boot because he'd shown little growth as a performer, approaching all styles of tunes as if they were alt-rock. Whatever the reason he lost, Daughtry's future remained bright, with many potential job offers immediately on the table, including an invitation from Fuel to become the band's lead singer. He ultimately turned the group down in favor of fronting a new band aptly named Daughtry. The band has been very successful, and he became the first American Idol alum to produce two consecutive number-one albums: Daughtry (2006) and Leave This Town (2009). In addition to heavily touring, Daughtry has returned to the American Idol stage to perform, and his band has appeared on awards shows and at events such as the Super Bowl Tailgate Party and the Countdown to the NCAA Final Four Concert in 2010. His band has also been nominated for Grammy Awards and won several American Music Awards, allowing Daughtry to prove that losers can indeed become winners. In his spare time, Daughtry enjoys painting and is a huge Spider-Man fan.