Carly Smithson
Carly Smithson's post-'Idol' blues

In the year following her audition in last season's "American Idol," Carly Smithson lived in one of pop culture's most public bubbles. The tattooed Irish rocker made it through Hollywood week, the big stage at Idoldome, the bittersweet national press tour after her elimination, the finale show -- which boasted the year's second-largest TV audience -- before finally ending with a grueling 53-city summer-long "Idol" tour. Then suddenly she found herself standing alone on the curb at Burbank's Bob Hope Airport with no road map for the future. For some, like Carrie Underwood and Chris Daughtry, the path led to riches and viable careers, but for many...