Ready, Set, Sing!

Meet the finalists – from omelet chef to wedding singer – vying for American Idol's next crown.

JENNIFER HUDSON, 22

Eliminated

Sounds Like: Jennifer Holiday
Memorable Moments: The silver jumpsuit, the pink ruffles, Simon telling her to find a stylist who can see. "My sister is my worst [fashion] critic. Simon has a lot of catching up to do."
Cruise Control: Pre-AI, the Chicago native crooned aboard a Disney cruise ship: "They said, 'You're too good to be here.' "