06/30/2008 AT 07:05 PM EDT
's "Princess P" is going to be a proud parent, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.
Paris Bennett, 19, the Idol
singer who was an early favorite
– and an
– in the show's fifth season in 2006, is expecting her first child, the Minneapolis StarTribue
The Rockford, Ill., native's mother, Jamecia Bennett, told the paper that the father "chooses not to be in the public eye." She added that
Paris "has a ring" and is expecting to have a baby shower in August
Paris Bennett released her debut album, Princess P
in 2007. News of the singer's pregnancy was first noted by MediaTakeOut.com.
– Michael Y. Park