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Jordin Sparks Is Youngest And First Non-Southerner To Win American Idol

May 24, 2007 11:22 AM by Joe Blackmon

Sparks_seacrestIn winning American Idol 6, Jordin Sparks became not only the youngest
person to win American Idol, but she also became the first
non-Southerner to win the show.  Jordin is only the second contestant
to win American Idol while still in their teens.  The first and former
youngest contestant was Fantasia Barrino, who won American Idol 3 when
she was only nineteen.

Jordin Sparks’ victory also comes only one year after Taylor Hicks became the oldest contestant to ever win American Idol.  At twenty-nine years old, Taylor Hicks took the oldest title from fellow Alabama native Ruben Studdard, who won American Idol 2 when he was twenty-five years old.  Of course, it was only during American Idol 4 that the show raised the age limits to twenty-eight years old (Taylor Hicks turned twenty-nine after he auditioned).

Even more impressive than becoming the youngest American Idol ever is that Jordin Sparks finally proved that it’s possible for a non-Southerner to win.  All five previous American Idol winners have hailed from Southern states.  After the selection of the American Idol 6 semi-finalist, much was made over how there were less Southerners than in previous years.  Still, Melinda Doolittle was widely regarded as an early favorite to win the competition, so it had initially looked like the South might continue its streak.

However, in the end, Melinda Doolittle came up one spot short of making the final two, and American Idol 6 came down to a battle between Jordin Sparks from Glendale, Arizona and Blake Lewis from Bothell, Washington.  Jordin Sparks’ win gave the Western United States their first victory ever on American Idol.

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12 Responses to “Jordin Sparks Is Youngest And First Non-Southerner To Win American Idol”

  1. Good for her Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    Good for her!!! She is awesome and she knows that. I am a BIG FAN OF BLAKE AND JORDIN, AND IT WAS A TUFF PICK BETWEEN THOSE TWO. Blake is going to do awesome because he is awesome. Jordin, you are great and you are amazing and I can not believe you are only 17. You are the best and you rock. You are such a good person. You are a rolemodel to me.

  2. you are wrong Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    Jordan is actually from the south, she’s from Arizona, she only auditioned in Seattle. After winning ‘Arizona Idol’ she recieved a car and a plane trip to Seattle for a guarenteed audition in front of the judges. You should do your homework before making such claims.

  3. Anonymous Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    Arizona is considered a western state, read the article it says she’s from Arizona.

  4. maedel Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    THE SOUTH DOES IT AGAIN!!!

    Why do are the articles boast that she is the first Non-southerner to win? I could have sworn that Arizona borders not Canada, but MEXICO?? And isn’t that our SOUTHERN neighbor?

    One small thing to ponder regarding the south and Arizona being “southern”… “Check it out, DAWG”..

    The Confederate Arizona Territory was established way back in 1862, by none other then John Baylor. hummmm; things to make you go….

    Way to Go, Jordin!!!
    We knew you could do it!!

  5. JORDIN'S BIGGEST FAN Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 5:24 pm

    i love YOU JORDIN YOUR AMAZING!!!!!! THIS IS MY NOW, IS THE BEST SONG EVER. YOUR THE COOOLEST PERSON EVER i LOVE YOU

  6. Anonymous Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    JORDIN IS AMAZING JORDIN IS AMAZING

  7. ELLE Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 2:19 am

    Jordin is also the first underwhelming non southerner to win AI.

  8. Kat Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 6:28 am

    Your article is actually incorrect. Carrie Underwood is from Oklahoma. Last time I checked that was not a southern state.

  9. Kat Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 6:28 am

    Your article is actually incorrect. Carrie Underwood is from Oklahoma. Last time I checked that was not a southern state.

  10. Karen Says:
    May 27th, 2007 at 10:36 am

    I think Jordin is the perfect American Idol. She was the dark horse that came from behind. She took the suggestion given and she improve with each performance. Jordin’s win reminds me of Kellly’s win. She was not the front runner in the beginning but in the end where it manners.

  11. Sanjaya Sucks Says:
    May 28th, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    Jordan is a loser. She sucks and should have not won american idol. Have a nice day.

  12. FRESCO Says:
    July 12th, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    you guys are maddd stupid ; arizona isnt a southern state. the only southern states are on the east coast. from virginia down to florida are southern states. arizona is on the west coast , that isnt considered a southern state. all the previous winners were from the east coast && where they came from are all southern states. you guys needa learn your geography. forreal.

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