Happy birthday to us!

So how about that? Three years ago today, I wrote the first post for this blog, Reality Check. At the time, there were only a handful of Sun blogs, but I decided to dive in and see what happened. It's been a fun ride, sometimes quite a bit busier than I expected, but always a good time.

Anyway, how shall we celebrate? I thought about making a cake, but I spent the evening taking care of a feverish baby, so that's not happening. Plus, it would tough to pass out slices over those crazy tubes that make up the Internet.

Instead, let's get geared up for Tuesday's American Idol premiere with a little look back. What are your favorite songs (not performances, but singles released after the show) by any Idol finalists?

Share your favorites in a comment below, and you'll be entered in a drawing for a Reality Check prize package. (Still working on the specifics of that, but rest assured, it will be worth the effort of typing a little.) Winner will be chosen by the extremely scientific process of writing the names on slips of paper and picking one out of a paper bag. So that means if you want to be in the running, include your email on your comment. It doesn't publish, but I will be able to see it.

I'm a sucker for a good pop song, so I'll sing along (alone in the care) any time to Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" or Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats." But I'm going to suggest Elliott Yamin's "Movin' On." Here's a clip:

So have at it! What's your favorite single? A Daughtry track? A Clay Aiken song? Let me know!

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