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JORDIN SPARKS, 17

Glendale, Ariz.
Although Simon Cowell called the daughter of former NFL star Phillippi Sparks "a little bit too sugary for my taste," those who know Sparks think Cowell will soon develop a sweet tooth. "Jordin is a blazing whirl of life," says Allison Metcalf Allen, who in 2005 cast the homeschooled teen (who also models for the plus-size clothing line Torrid) in a Nashville musical she'd written.