Several contestants that were not signed by a record label have independently released music, such as Hollie Cavanagh, Joshua Ledet, Erika Van Pelt, Jeremy Rosado and Shannon Magrane.
Additionally, Skylar Laine signed to 19 Entertainment's management and was in the process of finding a label, but she later parted ways with them.
Six contestants from this season were signed to record labels.
The signed artists are Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez, Elise Testone, Colton Dixon, De Andre Brackensick and Heejun Han.
On May 23, 2012, Phillip Phillips became the winner of the eleventh season of American Idol, beating Jessica Sanchez, the first female recipient of the judges' save.American Idol 11 Contestants: Colton Dixon, De Andre Brackensick, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han, Hollie Cavanagh, Jeremy Rosado, Jermaine Jones, Joshua Ledet, Jessica Sanchez, Phillip Phillips, Shannon Magrane, Skylar Laine.American Idol 10 Contestants: Ashthon Jones, Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart, Jacob Lusk, James Durbin, Karen Rodriguez, Lauren Alaina, Naima Adedapo, Paul Mc Donald, Pia Toscano, Scotty Mc Creery, Stefano Langone, Thia Megia.It appears there’s love in the air on the “American Idol” Season 11 tour — runner-up Jessica Sanchez and her fellow Top 10 finalist De Andre Brackensick are dating, the 16-year-old singer revealed in a recent Internet livestream. I’ll nod if it’s no or yes,” Sanchez teased to fans. PHOTOS: “American Idol” Season 10 best and worst Sanchez finished second during “Idol” Season 10, but has already been signed to Interscope Records. Brackensick, who finished eighth, graduated from high school in May. It was to show my vocals — ‘let’s sing some Celine Dion and Mariah Carey.’ Now it’s like, ‘I’m Jessica Sanchez and I have to do me,'” Sanchez tells Zap2it of her upcoming album.A little while later, MJ’s Big Blog reports, she admitted that it was Brackensick, her 17-year-old fellow “Idol” finalist. “It’s more of the urban, Rihanna kind of feel and the R&B kind of stuff.