While Jordin Sparks was winning over viewers on American Idol, past contestants from seasons two through six were gathering at KISS FM's viewing party in L.A. Wednesday.
It all went down at the Renaissance Hotel at Hollywood & Highland, just steps away from the Kodak Theatre. And the singers got along better than Rumer Willis and Hayden Panettiere!
Diana DeGarmo and Melissa McGhee acted like old pals; Constantine Maroulis (pictured) chatted up Elliott Yamin, and Vonzell Solomon hugged George Huff.
"We're just one big family!" explained Carmen Rasmussen, who had texted season-mate Clay Aiken with news of Jordin's win just minutes before. Season 6 Top 24 contestant AJ Tabaldo agreed with the sentiment, telling Us Magazine: "I'm happy to be part of the Idol family."
Perhaps the craziest post-Idol connection, though, is Paris Bennett and Kevin Covais, who rap together on Paris' forthcoming album. "It all came about from our free-styling backstage," Paris told Us, causing our staff to wonder what other craziness goes on backstage, like maybe Simon Cowell actually being nice to Paula Abdul.
So what do the former Idols think of their newest family members, and the finale results? "I'm ecstatic!" exclaimed Mandisa. Jordin is "rocking it for the teens" an equally happy Paris said.
Meanwhile, they all agreed that runner-up Blake Lewis had a bright future.
"You don't have to win it to find success," said Mandisa. Constantine gave Blake even more praise: "Blake is going to be fine. He's so interesting, and not afraid to take risks."