Ryan Starr American Idol
January 16, 2012 by staff
Ryan Starr American Idol, Ryan Starr (born Tiffany Ryan Montgomery; November 21, 1982) is an American female singer, songwriter and actress. She ranked seventh on the season 1 of the talent search television series American Idol. She has since appeared in numerous movies and both reality and scripted television programs.
Starr was born into a middle-class family in Sunland, Los Angeles, California to Peruvian mother and white father
Starr appeared during the audition rounds on the first season of American Idol, using her birth name. According to Simon Cowell’s memoir I Don’t Mean to be Rude, she was “cripplingly shy” at the audition, but “Paula [Abdul] saw some potential for stardom in her, and decided to mentor her.” As a result, he claims, Montgomery became overly confident, changing her name to “Ryan Starr” by the next phase of the competition, dressing in flamboyant homemade outfits, and insisting on singing rock rather than the pop music he felt she was suited for.
Instead of the usual pop hits that other contestants were singing, Starr chose an unusual song, “The Frim Fram Sauce,” in the first semi-final. She was the second singer from that group to be voted into the Top Ten. The following week, Starr was the first to perform on American Idol’s first live show. She sang “If You Really Love Me” by Stevie Wonder, and received praise from the judges, including this quote from Simon Cowell: “Pure star performance, loved it.” Starr faltered when she sang The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me,” and was panned by the judges. Cowell called it “dreadful.” The following week she sang Donna Summer’s “Last Dance,” and received praise from the judges, but was eliminated.
Starr returned with the rest of the finalists during the shows’ finale and sang “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’”, and went on a nationwide 32-city tour with the other finalists. RCA, in partnership with American Idol, signed her.
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