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Calle Kristiansson (born July 5, 1988, Kristianstad) is a Swedish singer, who came first runner-up in Idol 2009 after the winner Erik Grönwall.
One of the songs he performed in competition, Mark Cohn's "Walking in Memphis", was featured on the 12-track "Best of Idol 2009" compilation CD, and three other 2010 compilations. On December 23, 2009, Kristiansson released his first music album containing 11 songs from his performances on Idol.
He toured during 2010 with his band Calle & The Undervalleys. In 2011 they were credited by event organizers in one news report with "rescuing" an event in the town of Hörby, when the headlining band was fired due to a conviction on a minor drugs charge. The band released their new album "Valley Rally" in June 2011. The band was featured at a 2012 four-day free festival in Kristianstad.
Cloris Leachman (born April 30, 1926) is an American actress of stage, film and television. She has won eight Primetime Emmy Awards—more than any other performer—and one Daytime Emmy Award. She co-starred in the 1971 film The Last Picture Show for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Leachman's longest running role was the nosy, self-centered and manipulative landlady Phyllis Lindstrom on the 1970s TV series Mary Tyler Moore, and later on the spinoff series, Phyllis. She also appeared in three Mel Brooks films, including Young Frankenstein. She had a regular role on the last two seasons of The Facts of Life portraying the character Beverly Ann Stickle. In recent years, she had a recurring role as Lois's mother Ida Gorski on Malcolm in the Middle. She also starred in the roast of Bob Saget in 2008. Leachman was a contestant on Season 7 (2008) of Dancing with the Stars, paired with Corky Ballas. At the age of 82, she is the oldest contestant to have danced on the series. She currently stars as Maw Maw in the television comedy Raising Hope.
Leachman was the grand marshal for the 2009 New Year's Day Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena,
Minnah Caroline Karlsson, born 26 March 1989 in Hallstavik is a Swedish singer. MK came second in the Swedish Idol 2010, where she met Jay Smith in the finals. MK is also one of the few Idol-participants world over who has once been voted out, to then come back and get to the final. She is the first woman in the Swedish Idol finals since 2008, when Alice Svensson managed to get to the finals in the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm.
Although MK came in second place, Sony Music signed a contract with her. Her debut album, Minnah Karlsson, was released on December 19 for digital downloads, and for in-store purchases on 20 December, only one week after the finals.
MK should also be included in the Idol Live Tour in which she and the other Swedish 9 idols are going on tour around Sweden. Adam Lambert has praised MK for her cover of his song Whataya Want From Me, and the song is included on her debut album.
Minnah is the daughter of Heli and Bengt Karlsson and has two brothers. The mother is from Finland.
Daniel Vosovic (born March 25, 1981) is a fashion designer and a finalist in season 2 of the reality show, Project Runway. He won Project Runway: All star challenge and won 100 000 dollars.
Vosovic was born March 25, 1981 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and raised in the nearby city of Lowell. He is of Serbian and Slovak background.
He graduated from Grand Rapids Community College before attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. He also received additional formal and on-the-job training at Gorland/Ittiere in London and through fashion seminars by Li Edelkoort in Florence, Milan, and Paris.
Vosovic is openly gay and currently lives in New York City. He has published a book, Fashion Inside Out, with a foreword by Tim Gunn. It was released on October 28, 2008. He also recently appeared in singer Anya Marina's music video of her cover of "Whatever You Like," by T.I.. The video was posted to YouTube on Nov. 12, 2009.
He plans to launch his own fashion line in February 2010.
Jennie Lynn Finch (born September 3, 1980), who occasionally uses her husband's surname Daigle, is a former American softball player who pitched for the USA national softball team and the Chicago Bandits. Finch helped lead Team USA to the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics and a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Time magazine described her as the most famous softball player in history. In 2010, Finch retired from softball to focus on her family. In August 2011 she started work as a color analyst for ESPN doing National Pro Fastpitch and college softball games.
Finch was born in La Mirada, California to Doug and Bev Finch. Finch has two older brothers. She began playing softball at age five and pitching at age eight. Her father was her first pitching coach. Growing up, Finch was a bat girl for the University of California, Los Angeles. At La Mirada High School, Finch lettered four times in softball and twice each in basketball and volleyball. As a senior, she was the captain of all three sports. As a sophomore, she was an All-California Interscholastic Federation Division II choice in softball and All-Suburban League selection.
Finch played softball for the University of
Melinda Jayne Messenger (born 23 February 1971) is an English ex-glamour model, Page 3 Girl and a former presenter on the magazine programme Live from Studio Five. She is currently co-broadcaster of the reality show Cowboy Builders.
Messenger was born in Swindon, Wiltshire, the middle child between two brothers, Jamie and Warren. Her parents Terry and Avis divorced when she was aged five. After attending different schools, one of which, Dorcan Technology College, she spent six months working as a flight attendant for Britannia Airways. Messenger later joined a local marketing company, rising to become customer services manager, overseeing a staff of 50.
Deciding she wanted to become a model, Messenger was advised by her agent at the Jason Paul Modelling Agency to enhance her breasts, which she enlarged to a 34DD cup. She then took a job modelling for Gloucester-based double glazing company Glevum Windows, dressed only in panties and a bra. After being put up as part of an advertising campaign with the slogan "Class Behind Glass", the posters quickly began disappearing from bus stops, taken by local lads. After a complaint at the lack of clothes on Messenger, the Advertising
Erik Svedberg (born 1983) was the winner of the Swedish Robinson 2010, the original TV format for the American TV show Survivor. Svedberg was born in Sundsvall. Currently he works as an electrician. After his win he celebrated with a beer at his local pub.
Erik Svedberg is related to earlier "Robinson" participant, Martin Suorra from the third season. According to Erik Svedberg, Suorra was the one who inspired him to apply for the TV show.
Phillip LaDon Phillips, Jr. (born September 20, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter from Leesburg, Georgia. He won the eleventh season of American Idol on May 23, 2012.
Phillips was born in Leesburg, Georgia to Sheryl and Phillip LaDon "Donnie" Phillips, Sr. He grew up in Sasser and Leesburg, and attended Lee County High School. He graduated from Albany Technical College with a major in Industrial Systems Technology, but missed the graduation ceremony due to his obligations to American Idol. Prior to appearing on American Idol, he worked at his family's pawn shop.
Phillips started playing music when he was 14. He was mentored by his long-time friend and brother-in-law, Benjamin Neil, whom he credited for piquing his interest in music. In 2009, he formed the Phillip Phillips Band with Neil and another brother-in-law, Todd Urick, and performed in various local venues and events. He won a local singing competition, "Albany Star", in 2010. Phillips said his favorite singer is Jonny Lang, and other favorites include John Butler, Dave Matthews and Damien Rice, and he also enjoyed Mumford & Sons and Tool. He described his music as "jazz, rock alternative sound".
Prior to American Idol,
Sophie Sumner (born 15 January 1990) is a British fashion model. She first came into the public eye as the runner-up of Britain's Next Top Model, Cycle 5 and later won America's Next Top Model, Cycle 18.
Sumner studied at Headington School in Oxford. She deferred her degree at Exeter University to focus on modelling. She is a friend and former flatmate of British actress, Emma Watson, having gone to school with her.
Sumner was a part of the cast of Britain's Next Top Model, Cycle 5, and was the 10th girl chosen to enter the top model house, due to her unconvential and unique look. However, Sumner's first week in the main part of the competition was a negative one, as Sumner struggled at the photoshoot and produced a weak photo. It was in the 4th episode that Sumner became a true stand-out, with her photo being deemed as the best in the bunch, earning her a first-call out. Afterwards, Sumner avoided the bottom two and produced strong photographs, but notably landed in the bottom two again in episode 8, for her seemingly bad attitude and know-it-all personality, however, the judges rejected the idea of Sumner being a know-it-all, saving her from the bottom two. Sumner made it all
Taylor Reuben Hicks (born October 7, 1976) is an American singer who won the fifth season of American Idol. Hicks got his start as a professional musician in his late teens and performed around the Southeastern United States for well over the span of a decade, during which he also released two independent albums. Upon winning Idol, he was signed to Arista Records, under which his self-titled major label debut was released on December 12, 2006. His energetic stage performances and influences derived from classic rock, blues, and R&B music had earned him a following of devout fans, who have been dubbed the "Soul Patrol." He performed on Broadway in 2008 and on national tour in 2009 in Grease playing Teen Angel, the role originated by Alan Paul. The new CD, The Distance, was released March 10, 2009, with the first single, "What's Right Is Right", going to AC adds January 27, 2009. The second single was confirmed to be "Seven Mile Breakdown" via his Myspace page. In May 2011, Taylor Hicks opened ORE Drink and Dine restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama’s Crestline Park. Birmingham Magazine readers voted ORE as Birmingham’s “Best New Restaurant” in the fall of 2011. On June 14, 2011, Taylor
Nicole Cutler (born 8 June 1972) is a professional ballroom dancer and former World Amateur Latin-American champion. She was born Nicole Westdyk in Durban, South Africa and after taking up ballet at the age of four, first tried out ballroom and Latin-American dancing at the age of twelve.
In South Africa she danced competitively with Andrew Magin and Warren Smith before moving to the UK in 1990. In 1994 she teamed up with British dancer Matthew Cutler and they were married in 1996. They divorced in 2003, but have recently been dancing non-competitively once again, still using her married name. In 1999 they formed the principal couple in the stage show Burn the Floor. Jay Park was her professional partner from November 2003 to June 2004. They came first in the Professional Latin All England Championship in May 2004. Nicole partnered Robin Sewell from June 2005 to June 2006. They were runners-up in the closed British Championships and ranked second in England. She twice received the Carl Alan Award for "outstanding contributions to dance".
She has appeared as a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing. In series two, she partnered Diarmuid Gavin, then took a break from the show.
Blake McGrath (born November 21, 1983) is a Canadian professional dancer, pop singer and choreographer, best known for being on the first season of So You Think You Can Dance in 2005, and MTV reality dance show, DanceLife.
Blake James McGrath was born in Mississauga Ontario
His early television appearances include: Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story (1997) playing Stuart Sanger, and the TV show recreation of Goosebumps book "Stay Out of the Basement". He played the brother Casey.
In 2003, McGrath was chosen to perform on Michael Jackson's thirtieth anniversary special. In 2006, he performed alongside Paulina Rubio at the 2004 Latin Grammy Awards. Also in 2006 he has an appearance in the documentary Freestyle (with Brian Friedman). He has appeared in Gap campaigns (with Sarah Jessica Parker), and in advertisements for iPod, Old Navy (which he also choreographed), and Hummer.
He has danced with stars such as Madonna, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Adam Lambert, Ashanti, Destiny's Child, P!nk, Craig David, Jewel.
In addition to his appearances on television shows, McGrath has also appeared in the films Butterbox Babies, Life With Mikey, Chicago, and Rent. He was also
Shannon Niquette Ratliff (née Stewart) (born June 6, 1984) is an American fashion model and beauty pageant contestant from Franklin, Ohio.
Stewart was the runner up on the 1st Cycle of America's Next Top Model and appeared on the All-Star edition of the show, placing sixth. She was also first runner-up in the Miss Ohio USA pageant in 2005, and a semi-finalist in that pageant in 2006.
Stewart competed on the first season of America's Next Top Model. In the first week of competition, Shannon landed in the bottom two and if she hadn't won that week's challenge, she would have been eliminated. However, the following two weeks Shannon received two consecutive first call-outs, and performed consistently in the following weeks.When Ebony's girlfriend came over, she acted like a hypocrite by staying with Robin in their rooms and reading the Bible. In the semi-finals during a nude photoshoot in Paris, Shannon and fellow contestant Robin Manning caused controversy when they refused to take part in the photoshoot because of their Christian faith. However, this did not hinder Stewart's progression in the competition finishing second overall to Adrianne Curry.
In a cycle 8 episode, Shannon told
Flavia Cacace (born 13 March 1979) is an Italian professional dancer resident in England. Her professional dance partner is Vincent Simone (branded when performing together as 'Vincent and Flavia'), and both regularly appear on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.
She was born in Naples, the youngest of six children to a chef father, and came to the United Kingdom with her family at the age of four when her father moved for a job. She attended St. Peter's Catholic School in Guildford, and left in 1995.
Her mother insisted that all the children should have an activity, so she and her eldest sister joined the local ballroom dancing class at the age of 6. After partnerships with two dance partners, Cacace and Simone (who had the same dance teacher in London) were both looking for partners and they decided to try out in 1994, and they have been dancing together ever since.
In 2006 she appeared in the fourth series of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. Her celebrity dancing partner for the show was Jimmy Tarbuck. However, the couple withdrew after only one show, because of medical advice which Tarbuck had been given.
Cacace was back dancing in the fifth series of the show, partnered by
Jessica Elizabeth Sanchez (born August 4, 1995) is an American singer from Chula Vista, California. She was the runner-up on the eleventh season of the reality singing show, American Idol and is currently signed to Interscope Records. She was the first female and fourth recipient of the judges' save and the first recipient of the save to reach the finale. Prior to appearing on American Idol, Sanchez competed in the first season of America's Got Talent at the age of 11.
Sanchez was born in Chula Vista, California on August 4, 1995 to parents, Editha (née Bugay) and Gilbert Sanchez. She was raised in Eastlake, Chula Vista, along with two younger brothers. Her father, a Mexican American, originally from Texas, is a US Navy veteran who fought in the Iraq War, served in Afghanistan, and was recently deployed to Singapore. Her mother is a Filipino from Samal, Bataan in the Philippines. Her maternal grandfather, Eddie Bugay, is a retired US Navy sailor. Inspired by her devout Roman Catholic grandmother, she always carries a rosary, and prays quietly before going on stage.
She is a former student of Eastlake Middle School in Chula Vista. Back in her eighth grade, her favorite subjects were
Peta Jane Murgatroyd (born 14 July 1986) is an Australian professional dancer. She is best known for her appearances on the American edition of Dancing with the Stars.
Murgatroyd was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but moved to Australia at age 18 months; as a result, she considers herself more of an Aussie. She was raised in Perth, Western Australia, and started studying classical ballet at age 4. According to ABC, she trained for 12 years under former principal dancer of the Kirov Ballet, Madame Lubov Nikonorenko.
Within three months of beginning ballroom training, Murgatroyd became the Australian State Champion and placed second in the Great World City Championships. Success at other competitions followed quickly; she was a semi-finalist in the Lion City Championships in Singapore and was a finalist in the Australian Open Championships. She placed 3rd in the world at the British Youth Latin Championships in Blackpool 2006.
Murgatroyd joined the cast of Burn the Floor in 2004, touring with them around the world for six years. When Burn the Floor landed on Broadway in August 2009, Murgatroyd was the lead female dancer.
Murgatroyd joined the cast of Dancing with the Stars in 2011.
Christopher Theodore Ruben Studdard (born September 12, 1978), best known as Ruben Studdard, is an American R&B, pop, and gospel singer. He rose to fame as winner of the second season of American Idol. He received a Grammy Award nomination in December 2003 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Superstar."
In the years following Idol, Studdard has released five studio albums.
In addition to appearing on various television shows he has toured with Robin Givens in the comedy-drama Heaven I Need a Hug and in 2008 accepted the role of Fats Waller in a national tour of Ain't Misbehavin'.
Studdard, who was born in Frankfurt, Germany while his American father was stationed there with the U.S. Army, grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. The youngest son of two teachers, at the age of three he sang for the first time at the Rising Star Baptist Church in his hometown of Birmingham. He continued singing gospel in church, performing solos as a child while his mother sang in the local choir. While at Huffman High School, he played football for which he received a scholarship to Alabama A&M University. While at Alabama A&M he joined the Omicron Delta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the men's music
Corey Delaney Clark (born July 13, 1980) is an American singer. He is known for his highly-publicized disqualification from the second season of American Idol and later allegations of a sexual relationship between him and then-Idol judge, Paula Abdul.
Corey Clark was born July 13, 1980 in San Bernardino, California, to Duane and Jan Clark, two singers who met on the road in Nashville, Tennessee in early 1978 while following their own musical aspirations. Duane, an R & B and disco singer who sang in San Bernardino nightclubs and opened for Al Wilson and B. B. King and recorded and performed with the James Last Orchestra and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, is of African American, Cherokee, Apache, and Blackfoot descent. Jan Clark, the Hungarian-Ukrainian, Jewish, Irish, French, Cherokee, and Algonquian great granddaughter of a Budapest concert pianist, met Duane in Nashville while she worked nightclubs specializing in R & B and Barbra Streisand. The multiracial nature of the Clarks’ relationship and of Corey’s heritage was a source of racial conflict for the family during the Clarks' early years in Lufkin, Texas, where Corey recalls a story his parents told him about a December 1979
Kristopher Neil "Kris" Allen (born June 21, 1985) is an American musician and singer-songwriter from Conway, Arkansas, and the winner of the eighth season of American Idol. Prior to Idol, he self-released a 2007 album entitled Brand New Shoes.
Allen's Idol coronation song, "No Boundaries" and his version of "Heartless" both charted within the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. Allen's post-Idol self-titled album was released on November 17, 2009, through 19 Recordings and Jive Records. The album debuted at number eleven on the U.S. Billboard 200. The album's lead single, "Live Like We're Dying", was released on September 21, 2009, and peaked at number eighteen in the U.S. with combined sales of over 1.7 million. Allen's second major-label album Thank You Camellia was released on May 22, 2012, and the lead single "The Vision of Love" was released March 26, 2012.
Allen was born in Jacksonville, Arkansas, to Kimberly (née Wood) and Neil Allen. He is the elder of two sons; his younger brother, Daniel, is a college cheerleading coach.
Allen's interest in music began very early. He began playing the viola in elementary school and went on to play the instrument in the Mills University
Shayne Dahl Lamas (born November 6, 1985) is an American actress. She is known for her role as the Young Carly Corinthos on General Hospital (2005) and as the winner of the twelfth season of The Bachelor.
Lamas is the daughter of Lorenzo Lamas and Michele Cathy Smith. Her grandparent was the Argentine actor Fernando Lamas. She was previously engaged to British bachelor Matt Grant after being chosen during ABC's The Bachelor season 12. Grant proposed to Lamas in the show's season finale.
In July 2008, amid rumors of a split, Lamas and Matt Grant announced they were no longer engaged. "We tried hard to make it work but we realized that we were both heading in different directions," the duo said in a statement. "We truly care about each other and will remain close friends." Lamas gave birth to daughter Press Dahl Lamas-Richie on November 11th, 2011, her first child with husband Nik Richie.
On November 14, 2009, she was stopped at a Sobriety checkpoint in Venice, California. After failing a Breathalyzer test, she was arrested for DUI. After her arrest, she released a statement admitting that she had consumed one drink the night of her arrest, and apologizing for her "lack of
Alfred Joseph “A.J.” Benza (born June 2, 1962) is a gossip columnist and television host.
After graduating from West Islip High School in 1980, Benza majored in journalism at C.W. Post College on Long Island.
During college Benza began writing for Newsday and was soon hired full-time as a gossip columnist for that paper and eventually for the New York Daily News. It was as a gossip columnist that he began appearing on E! Entertainment Television's The Gossip Show in the early 1990s. This led to appearances on talk shows such as Geraldo, Hard Copy, The Montel Williams Show, The Maury Povich Show, and various other television talk shows. He was later fired from the New York Daily News by editor Pete Hamill.
Soon after leaving the paper Benza was offered a job hosting a new show at E! entitled Mysteries and Scandals, which necessitated a move to Los Angeles, California. It was on this show that Benza popularized the catchphrase "Fame, ain't it a bitch," which later became the title of his autobiography. The show ran for three seasons between 1998 and 2000.
In 2001, Benza had a short-lived late-night talk show that also appeared on E! titled, A.J. After Hours, which did not garner very
Jesse Csincsak (born April 3, 1982) is an American professional snowboarder and founder of the nonprofit organization JSAK Snowboarding, which helps snowboarders with Olympic aspirations to raise money for training, travel and related expenses. He is also a coach at High Cascade Snowboard Camp and a snowboard instructor at Breckenridge Ski Area.
Csincsak was the winner of the fourth season of the television reality show competition The Bachelorette, though his relationship with DeAnna Pappas did not last. Csincsak was married on August 28, 2010 to Ann Lueders, who appeared as a contestant on the thirteenth season of The Bachelor. The couple married in Las Vegas and hosted a post-wedding bash at the resort Rumor. The couple have a son, Noah Theodore Csincsak.
Csincsak is a regular stanced rider and has been competing in snowboarding since 1994.
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Kelly Marie Monaco (born May 23, 1976) is an American model, actress, reality television contestant and winner of Dancing with the Stars in Season 1. She is well known for playing the character of Sam McCall on the soap opera General Hospital, a role she originated in 2003.
In April 1997, Monaco became the Playboy Playmate of the Month. Throughout her tenure with Playboy in the 1990s, Monaco was also featured in many Playboy Special Edition publications.
Monaco made numerous cover appearances in other magazines such as FHM and Maxim. Along with her Maxim cover feature in 2005,. the magazine also placed her at #88 on their annual Hot 100 List in May 2006. In 2009, Monaco was named Maxim's number one sexiest cover model of the decade.
Monaco's first television role was on the nighttime drama Baywatch from 1997 to 1998. In addition to playing the role of Susan on the show, Monaco also was Carmen Electra's body double at times, as Electra could not swim. Monaco also had minor roles in the late 1990s films BASEketball, Idle Hands, and Mumford.
Monaco had two roles on the ABC soap opera Port Charles: Olivia “Livvie” Locke Morley (1999–2003) and Tess Ramsey (2002–03). When that program
Lauren Elizabeth McAvoy (born 16 January 1987) is an English fashion model. In September 2007 she won Cycle 3 of Britain's Next Top Model. Her prize was a contract with Ruby & Millie Cosmetics, a modelling contract with Models 1, and a six-page fashion editorial and cover for Company Magazine.
McAvoy was born in Wickford, Essex. She graduated from college with a civil engineering diploma. Before entering Britain's Next Top Model, she starred in a commercial for Cindy dolls, and later in an issue of Sugar Magazine.
McAvoy appeared in Cycle 3 of Britain's Next Top Model. She started out as a weaker contestant, but as the competition progressed she started showing more and more versatility and became one of the front runners, despite appearing in the bottom two three times. She was chosen over the competition favourite Rebecca White to go into the final two. In the final judging, she was chosen over White and runner-up Louise Watts due to her overall performance on the runway, the photo shoots throughout the competition and her overall attitude towards the business. The main judge on the show, Lisa Snowdon, said: "Lauren epitomises a worthy winner...She's got a real sparkle about her,
Susan Magdalane Boyle (born 1 April 1961) is a Scottish singer who came to international public attention when she appeared as a contestant on the TV programme Britain's Got Talent on 11 April 2009, singing "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables. Her first album was released in November 2009 and debuted as the number one best-selling album on charts around the globe.
Global interest in Boyle was triggered by the contrast between her powerful mezzo-soprano voice and her plain appearance on stage. The juxtaposition of the audience's first impression of her, with the standing ovation she received during and after her performance, led to an international media and Internet response. Within nine days of the audition, videos of Boyle—from the show, various interviews and her 1999 rendition of "Cry Me a River"—had been watched over 100 million times. Her audition video has been viewed on the internet several hundred million times. Despite the sustained media interest she later finished in second place in the final of the show behind dance troupe Diversity.
Boyle's debut album, I Dreamed a Dream (2009) remains as the UK best-selling debut album of all time, beating previous record holder,
Jayne Middlemiss (born 3 February 1971) is a London-based British television and radio presenter, originally from Northumberland. She began presenting music television shows such as The O-Zone and Top of the Pops in the mid '90s, before presenting a variety of other television and radio shows, including on BBC 6 Music. She has won both Celebrity MasterChef and Celebrity Love Island.
Jayne Middlemiss was born and grew up in the town of Bedlington in Northumberland. Her father Tom was a miner and her mother Janet was a factory worker. She has a younger sister, Allyson, who is a nurse. She attended Meadowdale Middle School and later Bedlingtonshire Community High School.
Middlemiss first worked in an electrical store, but left to move to Streatham in London. In 1991, Middlemiss started out as a glamour model; within a year, she left that behind to pursue a career in the media.
She has since appeared in the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll, at 77 (1998), 75 (1999) and 74 (2000).
Middlemiss worked for Noel Edmonds and Chris Evans before briefly working as a nanny, a shop assistant and a waitress. She worked for only two weeks as a trainee researcher on GMTV with Peter McHugh,
Katharine Hope McPhee (born March 25, 1984) is an American pop singer, songwriter and actress. She gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of the Fox reality show American Idol in 2006, eventually finishing as the runner-up. As of 2012, McPhee is one of the lead actresses on Smash.
Her self-titled debut album was released on RCA Records on January 30, 2007 and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200; it has sold 381,000 copies to date. The album's first single, "Over It", was a Pop Top 30 hit and was certified gold in 2008.
Her second album, Unbroken, was released on Verve Forecast Records on January 5, 2010 and debuted at number 27 on the Billboard 200. The album featured the single "Had It All", which peaked at number 22 on the Billboard AC chart. It has sold 45,000 copies to date. Her third album, the holiday-themed Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You, was released on October 12, 2010. The album debuted at number eleven on the Billboard Top Holiday Albums chart while the single "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" peaked at number sixteen on the Billboard AC chart. The album has sold 23,000 copies to date.
McPhee has also established an acting career,
David Roland Cook (born December 20, 1982) is an American rock singer-songwriter, who rose to fame after winning the seventh season of the reality television show American Idol. Prior to Idol he released an independent album entitled Analog Heart, followed by his post-Idol major-label debut David Cook which was released on November 18, 2008 and has since been certified platinum by the RIAA. His second major album This Loud Morning was released on June 28, 2011.
Cook was born in Houston, Texas, raised in Blue Springs, Missouri, and currently owns homes in Kansas City, Missouri and Los Angeles, California. His parents are Beth Foraker (née Frye) and Stanley Cook. He is the middle of three brothers – Adam Cook being older and Andrew younger. He is of German, Irish, and English descent.
Cook's interest in music began at a young age. He began singing in second grade, when his elementary school music teacher gave him a part in a school Christmas performance. He proceeded to perform in virtually every Christmas and PTA program. He received his first guitar, a Fender Stratocaster, at the age of 13. He also participated in choir and drama programs in middle school and high school. At Blue
Byron Paul Velvick (b. June 24, 1964 in Boulder City, Nevada) is a 2-Time WON Bass U.S. Open champion and previously held the BASS Record for 3 day limit (Apr.13-15, 2000 Clear Lake, Calif). Velvick spent 2 years as a commentator for the ESPN2 show "BassCenter" from 2005-2006. He's also been an on-the-water reporter and contributing analyst for ESPN's fishing coverage before and since. Byron Velvick currently resides in Del Rio, Texas where he is the President/owner of Amistad Lake Resort.
In September 2004, Velvick was the bachelor for Season 6 of the United States television show The Bachelor. He chose bachelorette Maribel Liliana "Mary" Delgado. Delgado, who came to the US with her parents from Cuba when she was a year old, had been a contestant the previous autumn during the series' 4th season.
During the finale show that aired during Thanksgiving week 2004, Velvick asked Mary Delgado to marry him in Spanish in order for her parents to be able to understand his proposal. Delgado accepted. After they became engaged, Delgado joined Velvick's tour and learned the sport. She is now a competing angler in her own right.
On November 21, 2007, Delgado was arrested in Tampa on charges
Jodie Marsh (born 23 December 1978) is an English media personality, bodybuilder and occasional glamour model. She has featured topless in lads' mags and tabloid newspapers and has her own reality show, Totally Jodie Marsh.
Jodie Louise Marsh's parents are John and Kristina and she was born in Brentwood, Essex. Her father runs a building contractors company, and she was educated at the independent Brentwood School. She has a brother, Jordan. She first came to prominence in the reality TV programme Essex Wives in 2002.
Marsh was working at Stringfellows when she appeared in a programme about Essex girls. This led to a number of modelling jobs (see below). She has subsequently taken part in many reality television shows, including Trust Me - I'm A Holiday Rep, Channel 4's The Games, E4's Fool Around... with Jodie Marsh on two occasions, as a house guest in the short lived Five series Back to Reality as well as winning £1,000 for charity on Channel 4's popular show Come Dine With Me on 14 September 2010.
Jodie won a celebrity version of The Weakest Link in 2006. Marsh had a cameo role in the first episode of Channel 4's Friday night comedy showThe Kevin Bishop Show.
After competing in
Joseph Hursley (born March 19, 1979) is an actor and musician living in Los Angeles, California.
Hursley was born in Austin, Texas. His grandfather, Frank M. Hursley co-created the long-running soap General Hospital. His father Greg Hursley is an architectural photographer and his mother, Kelle, is a nurse. Hursley began his entertainment career after participating in the Schick "Groove n' Smooth" national talent search in 1999. Hursley won the talent search, and went on to start his own karaoke company at the age of 19. Karaoke Joe performed 500 shows over the course of the next few years.
After working some odd jobs, Hursley made his acting debut starring in MTV's 2005 reality prankster series You've Got a Friend. The show was produced by Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg. Hursley dove at the chance to play the slightly sinister roles each episode offered. He pushed the limits by getting the contestants to bend to his every whim. The show lended to his talents of improvising realistic, silly, and subversive comedy. His task was to play different "obnoxious friend" personas for hours on end and try to get the unsuspecting contestants to give up. It proved an entertaining but short
Kimberley Dawn Locke (born January 3, 1978) is an American singer-songwriter and model. She has recorded in the dance, pop and adult contemporary music genres.
Locke gained fame with her participation in the 2003 American Idol television series in which she placed third. In 2007 she garnered media attention for her participation in Celebrity Fit Club.
Locke was born in Hartsville, Tennessee, to Donald and Christine Locke, and is the second of two children, with an older brother named Ashley. She and her brother spent most of their life in Gallatin. At age five, Locke began singing in church. Her parents divorced when she was eight years old.
Locke grew up admiring such singers as Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Patti LaBelle and Diana Ross. She and childhood friends Chandra Boone, Selina Robb, and Nacole Rice formed a quartet as teens named Shadz of U, which performed at many local churches. The group later appeared on Locke's 2007 Based on a True Story album, singing backup on Everyday Angels.
Locke went to Gallatin High School, where she was one of sixteen members to participate in its performing group. She remained in the group throughout her high school years. She was also
Sam Talbot (born December 27, 1977) is a Sicilian-American chef from Charlotte, North Carolina, best known as a semi-finalist on Season 2 of Bravo's Top Chef, eventually placing third. Talbot returned to Top Chef for the episode "Four Star All Stars" with Elia Aboumrad, Marcel Vigneron, and Ilan Hall. Talbot and the other three were defeated by Season 1's Tiffani Faison, Harold Dieterle, and Stephen Asprinio.
Talbot received his education from Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina. After working his way up to production chef at Dean and DeLuca, he worked under James Burns, the acclaimed head chef at Charleston’s J. Bistro. In Charleston, he met Sarah Vida, who later became his business partner in the Williamsburgh Cafe after he moved to New York City. In New York City, he has held the position of executive chef at several restaurants, such as the Black Duck, Williamsburgh Cafe, and Punch. Talbot has since opened the restaurant The Surf Lodge.
Talbot appeared in the 5th episode of the 2nd season of The Real Housewives of New York City "New York State of Mind" as a friend of one of the housewives, Kelly Killoren Bensimon.
Talbot's book The Sweet Life: Diabetes
Jay Jon Christopher Smith (born in Helsingborg, Sweden on April 29, 1981) is a Swedish singer and guitarist. He won the Swedish Idol 2010 title, beating Minnah Karlsson in the December 10, 2010 final in the Ericsson Globe theater. Jay Smith also plays in the band Von Benzo, that has two albums released.
During Idol 2010, he created controversy announcing that he had smoked marijuana at one point during the program series. In an article in Expressen, Smith said that he could be sentenced to a fine for a minor drug offence. But TV4 television station running the show let him stay in the competition, provided he would not use it again during the Idol program.
Smith's first solo single was "Dreaming People". He released his debut album, the self-titled Jay Smith on 19 December 2010. The album shot straight to #1 in its first week of release in the Swedish Albums Chart.
Smith also appears in the two compilation album from Idol 2010, singing the song "All I Need Is You".
Andrea Lowell is an American actress and model most recognizable from her Playboy magazine nude pictorials and on air work for a variety of Playboy TV programs.
On December 29, 2009, Lowell married long time boyfriend James Kim in Las Vegas.
Currently, Lowell is the co-host of "The Playboy Morning Show" on Playboy Radio.
Hollie Steel (born 1 July 1998) is a schoolgirl and performer from Huncoat, Lancashire, England. In 2009 at the age of ten she was one of ten finalists on the third series of the ITV reality show Britain's Got Talent.
Her first audition drew mostly positive comments from all of the show's judges. In her second appearance during the semi-finals Steel forgot the words of her song, broke down in tears and could not finish the song, but one of the programme's judges intervened and she was allowed to perform a second time. Steel advanced to the finals and finished in sixth place. She then toured the United Kingdom, making live performances with the series' other finalists in the summer of 2009.
In September 2009, Steel signed with a record label and began recording her debut album, Hollie, which was released in May 2010. She released a second album in late 2011 and in early 2012 released her third album.
Steel has been singing since the age of six when she showed interest in her brother Joshua's performances. She also attends the KLF Dance Academy in Burnley with him. Prior to Britain's Got Talent she performed in productions of Annie and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor
Jenna Morasca (born February 15, 1981) is an American actress, former swimsuit model and American reality TV contestant who was the million-dollar grand prize winner of Survivor: The Amazon and previously worked for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
In 2011, Morasca and her boyfriend, fellow Survivor winner Ethan Zohn, participated in the 19th season of The Amazing Race. They were eliminated 10th on the second (double elimination) episode.
Morasca was born and still resides near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is an only child. Before appearing on Survivor, Morasca was a college student at the University of Pittsburgh, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha. She also worked as a swimsuit model.
Morasca's Survivor career began on Survivor: The Amazon, in which she was originally part of the all-female Jaburu tribe. During one immunity challenge, Morasca and fellow contestant Heidi Strobel stripped off their clothes for peanut butter and chocolate. After making the merge, Morasca was relatively safe at the start as the majority of the tribe chose to vote off outcasts Roger Sexton and Dave Johnson. At the final 8, the new alliance of Morasca, Strobel, Alex Bell and Rob Cesternino
Kahlen Rondot (born December 19, 1983, in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) is a former model who is best known as the runner-up on Cycle 4 of America's Next Top Model.
Rondot was born December 19, 1983, and was the runner-up on America's Next Top Model Cycle 4. At the beginning of the competition Kahlen's lack of confidence sometimes got the best of her; however, she consistently produced excellent photographs; at the final judging panel the judges noted that Kahlen had provided one of the best portfolios in all the previous cycles. The judges were most impressed with Kahlen's portrayal of the Springbok, South Africa's national animal, and when she portrayed Wrath during a shoot based on the 7 Deadly Sins. They were especially wowed by Kahlen's 7 Deadly Sins shoot because, in the same week, a friend from high school had died. She was called first that week.
When she made the "final six", Nigel Barker praised Rondot by stating, "You are a chameleon. You have the ability to turn into anything and everything. It's not sexy, but it's very cool."
Kahlen made it to the final two, but the judges felt that Naima stole the runway show. Tyra compared Kahlen to a girl who "did good all semester and
Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter and occasional actress. Born in Fort Worth and raised in Burleson, Texas, Clarkson came into prominence after becoming the winner of the inaugural season of the television series American Idol in 2002 and later becoming the runner-up in the television special World Idol in 2003.
Clarkson was immediately signed to RCA Records by talent manager Simon Fuller and music mogul Clive Davis after winning American Idol, and released a double A-side single "Before Your Love"/"A Moment Like This" in 2002. Upon its release, the single topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart by breaking the record for the biggest jump to number 1 in the chart's history and eventually became the best-selling single of 2002 in the United States. In 2003, Clarkson released her Thankful, which contained elements of a pop and contemporary R&B sound, became a commercial success. Its single, "Miss Independent", became her first international hit. In 2004, Clarkson parted ways with Fuller and became managed by Jeff Kwatinetz and developed a more rock-oriented sound with the release of her second album, Breakaway. The album became a critical and
Michael Johns (born 20 October 1978 as Michael John Lee) is an Australian singer-songwriter who finished in eighth place on the seventh season of a United States television series, American Idol, in 2008.
Johns was born Michael John Lee in Perth, Western Australia. He attended Newman College. As a teenager, Michael John Lee appeared as The Coachman in Pinocchio at the Regal Theatre and was a choir singer in Anything Goes at His Majesty’s Theatre.
He moved to the United States in 1998 on a tennis scholarship and majored in drama at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton before dropping out after two quarters. He then lived in Atlanta, Georgia for six years, performing at local venues. He also played Australian rules football for the USAFL club Atlanta Kookaburras. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his Texan wife, Stacey Vuduris, who is an interior designer.
After traveling to Los Angeles to showcase for a number of labels in 2001, he formed a rock band called The Rising, where he met his longtime girlfriend Jill Stephens, and performed on several television shows. and at the opening of a Los Angeles Apple Store in 2003. The Rising produced an iTunes album
Steve Strange (born Steven John Harrington, 28 May 1959) is a Welsh pop singer, best known as the lead singer and frontman of the 1980s pop group Visage. Since the late 1970s he has also been a prominent nightclub host and promoter.
Harrington was born in Newbridge, Caerphilly, Wales, but his grandfather moved with his family to Aldershot, Hampshire, where his father was serving in the British Army as a paratrooper. The family moved back to Wales and lived in Rhyl on the north coast, where his parents bought a large guest house and opened sea front cafes. They then divorced and he moved with his mother back to Newbridge in South Wales where he attended Newbridge Grammar School. It merged with a secondary school to form Newbridge Comprehensive School a year after he arrived there, and he subsequently lost interest in all subjects but arts.
After seeing a Sex Pistols concert at the Stowaway Club in Newport in 1976, Harrington befriended the bass player Glen Matlock. He then arranged gigs for punk bands in his home town and befriended Jean-Jacques Burnel of the Stranglers before leaving for London where he worked for Malcolm McLaren and formed a punk band called The Moors Murderers
Andreas Georg Fredrik Weise (born 18 August 1986) is a Swedish singer, songwriter and entertainer. He finished in fifth place on the Swedish Idol 2010. He also participated on the popular TV show Let's Dance where he finished eighth.
On 28 May 2012 he released his first single, "Another Saturday Night", a cover of Sam Cooke from his self-titled upcoming album Andreas Weise that was released in August 2012.
Mimi Macpherson (pronounced /ˈmimi məkˈfɝːsən/; born Miriam Frances Gow, 19 May 1967) is an Australian celebrity. Mimi Macpherson is a younger sister of model Elle Macpherson.
During the late 1980s Macpherson worked as a crew member for her father's whale-watching business. After the business she was working for closed she set up her own business, Mimi Macpherson Whale Watch Expeditions, operating out of Hervey Bay, Queensland. Initially she operated using one boat before hiring two large catamarans. In 1997 she purchased a boat of her own called Discovery One.
In 2001 she sold her whale-watching business to became a property developer. She was a director of two property companies before declaring bankruptcy in December 2008.
Macpherson has raised more than $100,000 for the Pacific Whale Foundation. She was named the National Businesswoman of the Year by the Women's Network of Australia. She was also voted one of Australia's top 30 businesswomen by Cosmopolitan.
During the 1998 International Year of the Ocean Macpherson was one of a number of Australian UNESCO "Ocean Ambassadors".
In 1999 Macpherson appeared on the cover of the first Australian edition of FHM magazine. During the
Jason Scott Mesnick is a reality television celebrity. He was the runner-up on Season 4 of The Bachelorette and was the Bachelor of the 13th season of the reality dating show The Bachelor.
Mesnick was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and has two brothers, Sean and Larry. His family moved to Washington state when he was eight. When his was a teenager, his parents divorced. He attended Lake Washington High School, graduating in 1994, then attended the University of Washington, graduating in 1998 with a BA in psychology.
In 2003, Mesnick married Hilary Buckholz. The couple had a son, Ty, and divorced in 2007., with Mesnick retaining custody of Ty as a single father.
Mesnick now resides in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland. He is a business development manager for the travel company Down Under Answers.
Mesnick competed on the fourth season of the The Bachelorette, which premiered in May 2008, as one of the suitors of DeAnna Pappas', even proposing in the final rose ceremony before Pappas stopped him. Mesnick was then chosen to be featured on the 13th season of The Bachelor, which premiered in January 2009.
On The Bachelor, Mesnick proposed and became engaged to Melissa Rycroft, a 25-year-old
Solbi (Korean: 솔비, 率悲, born September 30, 1984) is a South Korean singer and actress, who debuted as a member of mixed group Typhoon in 2006.
A SM trainee before transferring to Trifecta Entertainment, Solbi had been trained by songwriter Kim Se-jin for more than 2 years before debut. However, due to her solo activities, she left Typhoon in 2008.
It is commonly confused that Solbi was born in 1983. This is because there had been a misunderstanding while filing her birth certificate, whereas it officially states that she was born in 1983, while her real birthdate is 1984, which she confirms on a talk show with her mother. Also, her legal name was changed to Kwon Ji Ahn.
A total of 18 tracks make up Typhoon's first album, which was released in 2006. The album ranges from disco, reggae, techno and ballads. Although the trio concentrates on dance music, Typhoon wanted to display their talent by offering a variety of songs on their first album.
On February 1, 2010, Typhoon disbanded after four years. A representative stated that the members will pursue solo careers and other activities.
Aside from her music career, Solbi has also achieved fame as a television host on MBC, in shows such
Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American country singer, songwriter and actress who rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol, in 2005. Underwood has since become a multi-platinum selling recording artist, a winner of several Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards and American Music Awards, a Golden Globe Award nominee, a three-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Female Vocalist winner, and a two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year. She is the first-ever female artist to win back-to-back Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards for Entertainer of the Year (2009/10). Underwood was inducted into and became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. She was also inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2009. Billboard named Underwood Country Music's reigning Queen in 2012.
Her debut album, Some Hearts, was certified seven times platinum and, since February 2006, is the fastest selling debut country album in Nielsen SoundScan history. It is also the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history, since February 2008, and, since March 2011, the best-selling country album of the last 10 years. Some Hearts
Lianna Fowler (professional name: Lianna) is a British model from Derby, and winner of Cycle 2 of Britain's Next Top Model in 2006, hosted by Lisa Snowdon. Winning led her to start her modelling career gaining a contract with Models 1 in London; a campaign for the new Ford Fiesta car; and a 6-page fashion spread, as well as gracing the front cover of Company Magazine for the November issue in 2006.
Lianna is also signed with Ford Models Europe in Paris, France, and SeeDS Management in Berlin, Germany and has been signed to more international modeling agencies than any other winner or contestant of BNTM.
She features regularly in fashion magazines and on the catwalk in the UK, France and Germany and has also appeared in the September 2008 issue of Russian Vogue , and the October 2008 British Vogue making her the first BNTM winner to appear in a Vogue magazine.
Lianna has been tipped as being one of Britain's up and coming models and one to watch.
Clayton Holmes "Clay" Aiken (born November 30, 1978) is an American singer, television personality, actor, producer, author, and activist who began his rise to fame on the second season of the television program American Idol in 2003. RCA Records offered him a recording contract, and his multi-platinum debut album Measure of a Man was released in October 2003. He released four more albums on the RCA label: Merry Christmas with Love (2004), A Thousand Different Ways (2006), and the Christmas EP, All is Well (2006). His fourth studio album (the first album of original material since 2003's Measure of a Man), On My Way Here was released on May 6, 2008.
After the release of On My Way Here, Aiken left RCA and later signed with Decca Records. His first album with Decca, Tried and True, was released June 1, 2010 and his second Steadfast, was released March 26, 2012.
In the years following his American Idol appearance, Aiken has launched ten tours, authored a New York Times best-selling book Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life with Allison Glock, and was the executive producer for a 2004 televised Christmas special, A Clay Aiken Christmas and his televised live concert special
Karen Hardy (born 14 July 1970) is a professional ballroom dancer, coach, teacher and adjudicator. In 1998 she won the professional International Latin American Dance Championship with Bryan Watson. She also won the United Kingdom Open, British National, European and World Masters championships. She now runs a dance studio at Imperial Wharf, London.
She started dancing aged five in her home town of Bournemouth, and competed in the United States for two years from the age of 18 winning both East and West Coast amateur championship titles. She returned to the UK in 1990 after two years in America where she teamed up with new partner Mark Lunn. It only took 6 months before they broke into the finals worldwide, representing England.
Karen turned professional in August 1994, after being asked to partner South African dancer Bryan Watson. They were highly successful from 1995–1999. In January 1995 they entered the Professional Final of the Pioneer United Kingdom Open Championship finishing fourth. Their progress to the top continued over the coming year going from fourth to first. The couple won the Carl Alan award for services to the dance world, and were named the most outstanding
Jeffrey Sebelia (born May 30, 1970) is an American fashion designer and founder of the clothing label Cosa Nostra, which he headed from a loft on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. He is best known as the winner of the third season of American reality show Project Runway.
In the early 1990s, along with Mike Coulter, John Rozas and Antonia Scarpa, Sebelia was a member of the band Lifter, which was signed by Interscope Records. They had a minor radio hit with the song "402," but they disbanded. Lifter's song "Swing" was featured in Jeffrey's runway show at Olympus Fashion Week.
After a successful drug rehabilitation at the age of 31, Sebelia enrolled in sewing classes at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. It was there that he immediately fell in love with design, and shortly after he started the clothing line Cosa Nostra. Among his celebrity clients are Dave Navarro, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marilyn Manson, Elton John, Madonna, and Tommy Lee. The Cosa Nostra label is available in about twenty stores worldwide.
In the spring of 2006, Sebelia auditioned for the Bravo series Project Runway after seeing the success his friend, former contestant Santino Rice,
Krystal Forscutt (born (1986-07-12)12 July 1986 in Batemans Bay, New South Wales) is an Australian model and reality TV contestant.
Forscutt previously modelled for men's magazines, and came to prominence as a contestant in the Australian Big Brother series in 2006. In 2007 she appeared as a contestant on the Australian reality TV show It Takes Two.
Forscutt went on to appear regularly in Australian men's magazines Zoo Weekly, FHM and Ralph. She appeared in the video game Need for Speed: ProStreet, which makes her the first Australian to have a character in the game. The representatives of Electronic Arts approached Forscutt to appear in the new Need For Speed video game, after they spotted her in a bikini shoot in Zoo Weekly. Forscutt was flown to EA's Vancouver headquarters where she was photographed and filmed for artists to create her character, a starting girl in the race series.
In January 2008, Forscutt became a regular guest on the Bigpond GameArena Benny and Richie show, and in October appeared in an episode of Seven Network's Packed to the Rafters. In May 2009, Forscutt appeared in Australian Country Music Great Steve Forde's music video Guns & Guitars. Forscutt briefly
Scott "Scotty" McCreery (born: October 9, 1993) is an American singer from Garner, North Carolina. He won the tenth season of American Idol on May 25, 2011. He is the first American Idol winner who was born in the 1990s. His debut studio album, Clear as Day, was released in October 2011 and was certified platinum in the United States. The album includes the top 20 country songs, "I Love You This Big" and "The Trouble with Girls".
McCreery was born in 1993 to Judy (née Cooke) and Michael McCreery in Raleigh, but was raised in Garner, North Carolina, along with his older sister. His father works as a manufacturing systems analyst. His father was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico to a Puerto Rican mother from San Juan, and an American father. His mother works as a real estate agent and a high school teacher, and is also the daughter of a retired school teacher from Gates County, NC. He attended Timber Drive Elementary School in Garner, and later West Lake Middle School where he sang at his graduation. He also attended Garner Magnet High School where he joined a vocal ensemble, Die Meistersingers, that performs across the United States. He started out singing country tenor.
McCreery won a
Shanna Lynn Moakler (born March 28, 1975) is an American model, actress, reality television star and a former beauty queen. She was the winner of the Miss New York USA pageant in 1995 and was originally the first runner-up at Miss USA 1995. She was later crowned Miss USA after Chelsi Smith won Miss Universe. Moakler began modeling at age 15 and was later chosen as a Playmate of the Month for Playboy magazine in December 2001. She hosted E!'s Bridalplasty during its two-month run in 2010/2011.
Moakler eventually branched out into an acting career, appearing as a regular for two seasons on the USA Network television series Pacific Blue in 1998, and in 2005 she starred as herself on the reality television series Meet the Barkers with her then husband Travis Barker, drummer in the rock band Blink-182. The series aired for two seasons on MTV. Moakler's private life has been much discussed in the media, including her relationship with rock singer Billy Idol, as well as her relationships with Olympic champion boxer Oscar de la Hoya and Hollywood actor Dennis Quaid.
Moakler currently serves as co-producer of the Miss California USA, Miss New Hampshire USA and Miss New York USA state
Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984), commonly known simply as Fantasia, is an American R&B singer and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the reality television series American Idol in 2004. Following her victory, she released her debut single, "I Believe", which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Subsequently, she released her debut album, Free Yourself, which went on to be certified Platinum by the RIAA and garnered Barrino three Grammy nominations in 2006.
In 2006, she released her second album, Fantasia, which featured the single "When I See U" which topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for eight weeks. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA and received three Grammy nominations in 2008. She then played the part of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple, for which she won a 2007 Theatre World Award. Her third studio album, Back to Me, was released worldwide on August 24, 2010 and features the single "Bittersweet," which peaked in the top ten on the R&B chart. The single won her a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. As of February 2012, Barrino has sold 2,842,000 albums and 1,425,000 tracks in the
Jordin Brianna Sparks (born December 22, 1989) is an American pop and R&B recording artist, songwriter and actress. At the age of 17, Sparks won the sixth season of American Idol, becoming the youngest winner in American Idol history and remains as the most recent female to win American Idol. Her self-titled debut album was released in 2007, which spawned two top-ten singles on the US Billboard Hot 100—"Tattoo" and "No Air" (with Chris Brown)—and was certified platinum by the RIAA. The album managed to sell more than two million copies worldwide. "No Air" is currently the third highest-selling single by any American Idol contestant, selling over three million digital copies in the US. The song earned Sparks her first Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
Sparks' second studio album Battlefield was released in 2009, which debuted at number seven on the US Billboard 200. The album's lead single, also titled "Battlefield", reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Sparks the only American Idol contestant to have her first five singles reach the top twenty on the chart. Battlefield's second single "S.O.S. (Let the Music Play)", reached number one on
Lucy Katherine Pinder (born 20 December 1983) is an English glamour model, from Winchester.
In the summer of 2003, Pinder was spotted by a freelance photographer Lee Earle while sunbathing on Bournemouth beach. As a result of the photographs taken that day, she signed a professional modelling contract with the Daily Star tabloid newspaper.
Pinder was regularly partnered with Michelle Marsh, with whom she made magazine, television, and corporate appearances. She has also been featured with other glamour models, including Danielle Lloyd, Sophie Howard, Jana Defi, Lindsey Strutt, and Saskia Howard-Clarke. Her photo shoots have appeared in magazines such as Loaded, Maxim, Nuts, ZOO, Ice, Carnoisseur, Redline and Fast Car. She has appeared in prominent adverts for PlayStation 2, Yellow Pages, the National Lottery and in 2010 she was head of the Bennetts Babe squad.
For the first several years of her career, Pinder, unlike most other glamour models, did not fully reveal her breasts in photo shoots, often posing while covering her nipples with her hands or hair. While she often appeared exposing part of the areola, her first completely topless photographs appeared in Nuts magazine in
Donald Jerome Driver (born February 2, 1975) is an American football wide receiver and children's author. He plays for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. Driver was picked by the Packers in the 1999 NFL Draft in the seventh round (213th pick overall) out of Alcorn State University. Driver also won the 14th season of Dancing with the Stars.
Donald Driver attended Alcorn State University in Mississippi, where he lettered in both football and track & field. He finished his college football career there with 88 receptions for 1993 yards (19.69 Yards Per Catch). Driver is one of the most decorated track athletes in the NFL (he is an Olympic class high jumper, being able to jump 7 feet 6 inches and could have qualified for the 2000 Summer Olympics team). He was a five-time "Athlete of the Year" in his conference for his track and football prowess.
Driver is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
Donald Driver was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 7th round of the 1999 NFL Draft. As of 2012, he has spent his entire career with the Packers.
Known as one of the most consistent wide receivers in the game, Driver has been solid throughout his career, often posting
Rickey Smith is an Irish professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s, playing at representative level for Ireland, and at club level for Bangor Vikings.
Rickey Smith won caps for Ireland while at Bangor Vikings in 1995 2-caps.
Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace ( /æʃˈliːn ˈhɔrɡən ˈwɒlɨs/; born 28 December 1978 in London) is a British glamour model, fashion designer, magazine columnist, actress, and television & media personality. She rose to fame in 2006, when she appeared, and finished third, in the seventh series of reality TV show Big Brother.
Horgan-Wallace's mother was Sophia Horgan, a fashion designer, and her father is Steve Wallace, a car dealer. They separated when she was three years old. She was raised by her mother in North London and moved schools several times due to clashes with fellow pupils. At the age of 16, Horgan-Wallace stopped living with her mother and stayed with friends before moving to a women's hostel. She was reunited with her father at the age of 18 after he tracked her down.
It has been reported that Horgan-Wallace won a Prince's Trust grant to take a beauty therapy course at college, and that she had jobs in shoe shops and as a promotions girl. Her official biography states that she studied at the London College of Fashion, and that she took part-time promotional jobs to help fund her education.
Horgan-Wallace rose to become notable in the United Kingdom when she was selected as a
Misty Elizabeth May-Treanor (born July 30, 1977) is a retired American professional beach volleyball player. She is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, and as of August 2012 the most successful female beach volleyball player with 112 individual championship wins in domestic and international competition.
Misty May-Treanor and teammate Kerri Walsh Jennings were the gold medalists in beach volleyball at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer Olympics. Together, May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings are considered the greatest beach volleyball team of all time. May-Treanor retired from competitive play on August 8, 2012 after she and Walsh Jennings finished first in the 2012 Summer Olympic games; they defeated the United States team of Jennifer Kessy and April Ross in the gold medal match.
Misty May was born in Los Angeles, California in 1977 to Barbara and Butch May. She grew up playing beach volleyball at the Santa Monica Pier with her parents, and played in her first volleyball tournament at age eight with her father. May-Treanor also played soccer and tennis, as well as participating in dance. She attended primary school at Brightwood Elementary School in Monterey Park and Roosevelt Elementary
Eddie Razaz (in Persian ادى رزاز) (full name Ardalan Razaz Rahmati, in Persian اردلان رزاز رحمتى) born on 21 December 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish singer of Persian origin. He was a former participant of Swedish Idol 2009 and finished sixth. Eddie Razaz and Rabih Jaber, yet another Idol participant, became a duo pop boy band as Rebound! in 2010 with a number of hits on the Swedish charts. After split-up of the band in April 2011, Eddie Razaz is continuing as a solo singer. He has done also modelling and featured in advertisements.
Born in Stockholm to parents of Persian origin, he first auditioned for Swedish Idol in 2005 but was eliminated during the qualifying rounds. He also worked with a modeling agency.
In 2009, he took part in TV4 Idol 2009, the sixth season of the Swedish version of Idol and finished 7th overall. This was his second, more successful shot at the competition after not qualifying in 2005. In 2009 edition of Idol, he reached Week 6 of the live shows before being eliminated and coming 6th overall.
He sang the following songs during the 2009 series:
After the end of the Idol, Eddie Razaz paired with Rabih Jaber, a Swedish singer of Lebanese origin and
Sabra Elise Johnson (born July 29, 1987) is an American dancer from Roy, Utah and the Season 3 Champion of the Fox reality television show So You Think You Can Dance.
She was born in the Netherlands, lived nine years in Germany, and after that, nine years in Utah. She now lives in New York while pursuing her dancing career.
Johnson started formal dance training at the age of 16 at Dance Impressions in Bountiful, Utah, under the direction of mother-daughter team Kandee Allen and Vivian Colobella. She then moved down to Las Vegas, NV and trained at The Dance Zone, under the direction of other Colobella daughter Kaydee Francis and partner Jami Artiga. Before training in dance, Johnson had a previous background in gymnastics. Her dance training consists of jazz, ballet, contemporary, and gymnastics, with some experience in hip hop, modern, tap, and theater. Johnson's favorite style of dancing is contemporary. Before auditioning for So You Think You Can Dance, Johnson was going on to her fourth year of being a dancer. Johnson had a backup role on the hit film High School Musical as one of the skater dancers in the "Stick To The Status Quo" scene.
On the first episode of the show,
Erika Selin (born August 6, 1991, Dorotea) is a Swedish singer, who competed in Idol 2009 where she finished in eighth place. Selin sent in the entry "Kom" to Melodifestivalen 2010 but in the end the song was given to girl band Timoteij for the contest. In 2010 she also released the music singel "For You" along with singer Patrik Öhlund.
Anna Lundh (born April 5, 1987) is a Swedish television personality, adventuress and model. Anna Lundh first gained notability in 2009 when participating in and becoming a top finalist in the tenth Swedish installment of Survivor.
Anna Lundh was born and raised in the locality Gesunda, in Mora Municipality, Dalarna County.
Anna Lundh was the second youngest out of the 4 siblings in her family. About her childhood, Anna Lundh has stated that one of the happiest moments growing up was the birth of her youngest brother.
Anna Lundh's major childhood influences included the Swedish author and screenwriter Astrid Lindgren, who is best known for the Pippi Longstocking book series. Aside from being inspired by Astrid Lindgren's work, Anna Lundh also admired Astrid Lindgren's support for children's and animal rights, the author's opposition to corporal punishment, her commitment to justice, non-violence and understanding of minorities as well as Astrid Lindgren's love and caring for nature.
As a little girl, Anna Lundh used to sit glued in front of the television and long for being a contender in "Survivor" Sweden - (known as "Expedition Robinson"). The show was however cancelled before
Stephanie Izard (born October 30, 1976) is an American chef residing in Chicago, Illinois, and was the winner of the fourth season of Top Chef, Bravo's cooking competition show. To date, she is the only woman in nine seasons to have won Top Chef.
Stephanie Izard was born in the Chicago suburb of Evanston but grew up in Stamford, Connecticut, where her parents got her hooked on food with their themed dinner parties, weekly menus posted on the fridge and a life-changing trip to Epcot where Steph couldn’t wait to get home and recreate the crepes she ate in “France.” As much as she loved cooking (and eating), she went the traditional route first and got a sociology degree from University of Michigan. Pretty quickly after that, she discovered that all she really wanted to do was cook. She attended the Le Cordon Bleu program at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute.
After graduating from the Le Cordon Bleu program at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, she worked at the Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, as well as a couple other restaurants, but then made the very spur-of-the-moment decision to pack up and move to Chicago in 2001. She’s been in love with the city ever since. After landing in
Teresa Victoria "T.V." Carpio (born 1981) is an American singer, songwriter and actress.
Carpio was born in Oklahoma City. She is the daughter of Hong Kong Chinese-Filipina singer Teresa Carpio, with whom she has performed on stage as a backup singer. Her mother has also recorded one of her compositions. Her father is Peter Mui, who co-founded Tungtex (Holdings) Co Ltd, a Hong Kong-based garment maker. Her mother once joked an interviews about the reason for her daughter's name. She said it was because for her love of the TV (television) so she named her daughter after it.
Carpio acted and sang a slow rendition of the The Beatles song "I Want to Hold Your Hand" as Prudence in Across the Universe, a movie set to the music of The Beatles. She played a cheerleader in the movie who always seemed to find herself on the outside looking in at other relationships. After feeling rejected by a cheerleader in her squad, she runs away to New York City and finds herself tied into the main script with the primary characters.
Carpio has also appeared on television, including a TV movie and in one episode of both The Jury and Law & Order. She made her Broadway debut in Rent as Alexi Darling and
Crista Flanagan (born February 24, 1976) is an American comedic actress best known for her work as a cast member on the FOX sketch comedy series MADtv from 2005 to 2009 and for her recurring role as Lois Sadler on the AMC series Mad Men.
Flanagan was born in Mount Vernon, Illinois, the daughter of Bonnie Jerdon and David Flanagan. She received a Bachelor of Science in Theatre from the University of Evansville. Flanagan received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine where she sharpened her theatrical skills in plays including Fool for Love, The Time of Our Life, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Marriage of Figaro and Oklahoma!. Her extensive background in theater led to the development of Flanagan's one-person show titled But wait…I have Impressions!. Flanagan currently lives in Los Angeles.
Flanagan officially joined the cast of MADtv in 2005 as a feature performer, for the tenth season, then became a repertory cast member at the beginning of the following season. Her frequent impersonations were of Alex Hooser, Ellen Pompeo, Heidi Klum, Patricia Arquette (as Allison DuBois from Medium), Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, and Miley Cyrus (as herself and as
Carly Smithson (born September 12, 1983 as Carly Sarah Hennessy) is an Irish American soul/pop rock singer-songwriter and actress who was the sixth place finalist on the seventh season of American Idol. In 2001, Smithson released her first studio album for MCA Records called Ultimate High. Smithson was dropped from the record label in 2002. After being introduced to record producer Ben Moody in early 2009, plans for Smithson's post-Idol solo album were scrapped and instead she is now the lead singer of the gothic metal band We Are the Fallen.
Smithson was born in Dublin, Ireland, to her parents Marie Murray and Luke Hennessy. After living 6 months in Dublin, Smithson and her parents moved to Johannesburg, South Africa. She lived there until they moved back to Dublin when she was 4 years old. Smithson began singing around the age of 4 and has also had some experience with acting. She was featured in advertisements for Denny's Sausage for three years, starting at the age of five. In 1990, Smithson played Young Marianne in Fools of Fortune. Two years later, in 1992, she joined the cast of Les Misérables and starred as Little Cosette in Ireland. When she was 10 years old, she released
Leon James "Lee" DeWyze, Jr. (born April 2, 1986) is an American singer-songwriter from Mount Prospect, Illinois, and the winner of the ninth season of American Idol. Prior to Idol, DeWyze had a solo career and formed the Lee DeWyze Band. He had also released two independent albums called So I'm Told in 2007 and Slumberland in 2010, both on WuLi Records. His post-Idol album Live It Up was released on November 16, 2010, through 19 Entertainment and RCA Records. WuLi Records, citing demand from DeWyze's fan base, plans to release a third album of pre-Idol recordings, What Once Was, on February 14, 2012.
DeWyze was born in Mount Prospect, Illinois, the eldest son of Kathleen (née Donahue) and Leon (Lee) DeWyze, Sr., who worked as a postal carrier in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. He has two older sisters, Shannon and Sarah, and a younger brother, Michael. His musical influences include Cat Stevens, Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, and Simon & Garfunkel.
DeWyze attended St. James Catholic Elementary School in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, Illinois, up until his senior year, due to too many fights. After leaving Prospect High, he attended Forest View
Meral tasbas is a famous reality show star in Sweden. She was a contestant of all 6 seasons of "The Bar" in Swedish television and also in TV3 "all star" reality show Club Goa.She also got a lot of attention when she in 2004 was planning to start the TV show "Paparazzia" with Linda Rosing but the show never got to be reality as no channel wanted to air it.Meral is married to a business man.
Robert Curry (born September 3, 1984) is an American singer best known as a contestant on the hit TV show Making the Band 4. He is one of the main vocalists & currently a member of the group Day26, which was formed by Diddy on August 26, 2007.
Robert "Magnum" Curry was born in Detroit, Michigan to Delisa and Robert Curry II. As a child, Robert spent most of his time in the church. His expanded his musical background by directing the choir and participating in various vocal competitions.
When Curry was 11, his parents divorced, and he decided to move to Detroit to stay with his mother. This led to a change in musical preference - away from gospel and Christian music, and into Hip Hop and R&B.
Curry participated in an annual Christmas concert with country singer Kenny Rogers. This led to an invitation for Curry to perform the National Anthem at the opening game of the Detroit Tigers' season. He was the youngest African American male to perform the anthem at an opening game.
In 1998, at the age of 14, he starred in the theater play, Crack in the Backstreet, written by Kenneth Greenwood. At one of the shows, he received a flyer for an audition for a group that Michael Bivins of New
Lashundra Trenyce Cobbins (born March 31, 1980 in Memphis, Tennessee), known professionally as Trenyce, is an American singer and was a finalist for the second season of American Idol in 2003, finishing in fifth place.
Trenyce was born to Jesse and Linda Cobbins. At the age of two, she began singing jingles she heard on the television and radio. Trenyce competed in local talent shows and school pageants, winning the title of "Miss Sophomore" and First Alternate to "Miss Junior" at Central High School in Memphis, Tennessee.
After high school, Trenyce attended the University of Memphis on a full music scholarship and further developed her talent as part of the school's "University Singers" organization and Sound Fuzion, a University band that toured the state of Tennessee performing in different venues and performing a wide array of musical genres. While at the University, Trenyce majored in nursing, completing three years before deciding that nursing was not her calling. Trenyce decided to take a break and to give herself a year to make it in the music business.
In addition to her high school and college performing, Trenyce performed in numerous venues in Memphis, such as Rhythms