The road to success in Hollywood is a little different for every would-be actor, but these days, reality TV is becoming a major launching pad for some of the industry's biggest stars. Before they were red-carpet regulars, NeNe Leakes, Jennifer Hudson, Julianne Hough and Lucy Hale were among those who broke through as reality stars
American Idol alumni strike again! Katharine McPhee first graced the stage as a competitor on season 5 of American Idol, eventually losing out to country singer Taylor Hicks. But McPhee made a comeback in a big way by tackling one of the lead roles on now-canceled NBC series Smash, opposite Debra Messing and Jack Davenport.