Taryn Southern (born July 16, 1986) is an American singer, actress and comedian. She was part of American Idol season three’s Top 50. Southern gained national attention with her video Hot4Hill during the 2008 Presidential race. She later went on to star in and executive produce DirecTV’s first original series, Project My World. In 2004, at 17, she appeared on third season of American Idol, making it to Hollywood week and the Top 50. After graduating from college, Taryn worked briefly at NBC and Morgan Stanley in Miami before moving to Los Angeles in 2006. She sold and produced a travel show, Project MyWorld, for DirecTV, which followed her and her two friends as they traveled the world and met their MySpace friends. On July 2, 2007, she released a comedic YouTube video called Hott4Hill in support of the presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton. The video, which she wrote and performed, shows her singing and dancing in a jokingly suggestive manner about her personal admiration of Clinton and how much she would like to see Clinton win the election. That same year, Southern starred in the first WB online series, Sorority Forever, alongside best friend and LonelyGirl15 star, Jessica Rose. In November 2008, Southern and Jessica Rose, launched Webutantes, a new media studio. Also in 2008, Southern wrote/produced her first comedic musical web series, Private High Musical, which was released across various media platforms, and later sold to MTV as a half-hour comedy pilot, with David Zuckerman (Family Guy) as co-writer/executive producer. In 2010, she had a recurring role in the 5th season of the CBS comedy series Rules of Engagement, as well as a part in the movie Battle: Los Angeles as a reporter. Also in 2010, she released the first video, “Keep it in Your Pants,” from her upcoming comedy album on YouTube. The song reached #20 on the iTunes comedy chart. Southern released a variety of other music videos on her YouTube Channel, TarynSouthern. In the fall of 2011, Taryn hosted the pre-show for the US version of The X Factor. She also provided voice over for the character Judy on the Fred animated series on YouTube.
LaToya Renee London (born on December 29, 1978) is an American R&B and soul singer and actress who was the fourth-place finalist on the third season of the reality/talent-search television series American Idol. She released her debut album, Love & Life, in September 2005 and recently completed a starring role as Nettie in the national tour of the Broadway musical The Color Purple.
London was central to one of the first controversies of the show. On April 21, 2004, the night after the final seven contestants performed Barry Manilow songs, London, Jennifer Hudson, and eventual winner Fantasia Barrino shockingly ended up in the bottom three with the least viewer votes. Together, these three had been dubbed “The Three Divas” for their lush, commanding, and mature vocal capabilities and showstopping and critically acclaimed performances. London had the highest vote totals out of the three, and Hudson was ultimately eliminated. Because all three of the singers were African American and the frontrunners of the competition, music icon Elton John deemed the voting as “racist,” igniting a flurry of news and speculation over the validity of the voting system. John complained at a promotional news conference that, “The three people I was really impressed with, and they just happened to be black, young female singers, and they all seem to be landing in the bottom three.”
London’s second controversy occurred on May 11, 2004, when the final four contestants each performed two disco songs. Simon Cowell, who previously endorsed her as the best singer in the competition, suggested that his only complaint with London was that after ten weeks he still did not know anything at all about her.
Cowell also suggested that contestant Jasmine Trias would almost certainly be voted off the next day. However, on May 12, in a result that came as a surprise to many, including the judges, London became the ninth of the 12 finalists to be eliminated, finishing in fourth place, with Barrino also landing in the bottom two. Paula Abdul was in tears when LaToya sang her farewell song, “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” and the other two judges gave her a standing ovation.
Brooke White (born June 2, 1983) is an American indie pop/folk-pop singer-songwriter and actress from Mesa, Arizona who was the fifth place finalist on the seventh season of American Idol. In 2005, White released her first studio album, called Songs from the Attic.
White’s first post-Idol album High Hopes & Heartbreak was released on July 21, 2009.
The first single “Hold Up My Heart” was released on February 25, 2009, and the song debuted at number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The second single “Radio Radio” was released on June 23, 2009. She is also half of the duo Jack and White.
Katharine Hope McPhee (born March 25, 1984) is an American pop singer, songwriter, actress, model, and television personality. 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.
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 peakedÂ 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, co-starring in The House Bunny in 2008 as the hippie sorority sister Harmony, and in a starring role in the NBC series Smash.