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Encyclopedia > Mandisa Hundley

Mandisa (born Mandisa Hundley) is an American singer and semi-finalist in the fifth season of American Idol. Mandisa currently resides in the suburban Nashville community of Antioch, Tennessee. When she auditioned in Chicago, she asked the judges to call her "just Mandisa," and she has been billed as Mandisa (with no last name) on the show since the Hollywood round. The 24 Semi-Finalists The fifth season of American Idol began on January 17, 2006 and will end on May 24, 2006. ... American Idol: The Search for a Superstar, more commonly known as just American Idol, is is a singing talent contest in which viewers can call in and vote on contestants to determine the best undiscovered young singer in the United States, with the winner receiving a major record deal, although... Nickname: Music City Motto: Official website: http://www. ... Antioch is an unincorporated suburb of Nashville, Tennessee, located in the southern part of Davidson County. ...

Mandisa is overweight, and Idol judge Simon Cowell made several comments referencing this during her audition. When he first saw her, he asked if they were "going to have a bigger stage this year." Later, when Paula Abdul commented that Mandisa reminded her of Frenchie, Cowell responded that a more apt comparison would be to France itself. These were among comments that drew the ire of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance. When Mandisa presented herself to the judges prior to the determination of the season's 24 semi-finalists, she told Simon that his comments were hurtful to her. She also told him that she forgives him, and that "You don't need somebody to apologize to you to forgive somebody." A seemingly genuinely contrite Cowell told Mandisa that he was "humbled" and apologized. Simon Cowell Simon Philip Cowell (born October 7, 1959) is an English artist and repertoire executive for BMG, but is probably best known as a judge on the television programs Pop Idol, American Idol, and The X Factor, where he is notorious for his uncompromisingly harsh and occasionally controversial criticism... Abdul while judging on American Idol Paula Julie Abdul (born June 19, 1962) is an American dancer, choreographer, pop singer, and television personality. ... Franchelle Frenchie Davis (born November 18, 1979) is a former American Idol contestant who was disqualified in 2003 for appearing in topless photos on the Internet. ... The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, or NAAFA, was founded in 1969 by William Fabrey in New York. ...

Mandisa grew up in Citrus Heights, California (Sacramento County) and graduated from El Camino High School. Citrus Heights is a city located in Sacramento County, California. ... Sacramento County is a county of the U.S. state of California. ...

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