Friday, March 28, 2008


Name: Ryan John Seacrest
Birthday: 12/24/76
Born & raised in: Atlanta, Georgia
Current home: Los Angeles, California
Favorite bands: The Four Tops, Dave Matthews Band, Enigma
Favorite shows: The X-Files, Chips
Fave celebs: Alyssa Milano, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Soliel Moon Frye, Bill Clinton
Ryan Seacrest was named one of People magazine's 50 most beautiful people for 2003.

During the first season of American Idol in 2002, Ryan Seacrest was then co-host with comedian Brian Dunkelman. But later on he became the sole host of American . Many have noted significant hosting improvements with Seacrest flying solo through until the present season 7 of American Idol.


Randy Jackson
Birth Place: Baton Rouge, LA
Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 06/23/1956, Cancer
Profession: Producer; musician; reality-show judge

Paula Abdul
Birth Name: Paula Julie Abdul
Birth Place: San Fernando, CA
Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 06/19/1962, Gemini
Profession: Singer; dancer; choreographer; TV personality

Simon Cowell
Birth Name: Simon Phillip Cowell
Birth Place: Brighton, England
Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 10/07/1959, Libra
Profession: TV personality; music producer

Simon Cowell Relationships:
Eric Cowell - Father
John Cowell - Half Brother
Julie Cowell - Mother
June Cowell - Half Sister
Michael Cowell - Half Brother
Nicholas Cowell - Brother
Tony Cowell - Half Brother

Simon Cowell Awards:
2003 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program - Nominee
2004 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program - Nominee
2005 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program - Nominee
2006 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program - Nominee
2007 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program - Nominee

Michael Johns
Birth Name: Michael John Lee
Birth Place: Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 10/20/1983, Libra

Michael Johns Fast Facts:
Moved to the United States when he was eighteen.
Began college on a tennis scholarship, but left to pursue singing.
Was the lead singer of two different bands: Film and The Rising.
Michael Johns Relationships:
John Burke - Stepfather
Janet Burke - Mother
Attended Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College, Tifton, GA

Syesha Mercado
Birth Place: Bridgeport, CT
Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 01/02/1987, Capricorn

Syesha Mercado Fast Facts:
Has been singing since the age of 3.
Was a member of the Drum Studio All-Stars band.
Has a background in musical theatre, having performed in high school productions of Pippin, Seussical: The Musical and As You Like It.
Was a contestant on the ABC reality series The One: Making a Music Star.
Musical influences include Whitney Houston, Etta James and Lauryn Hill.
Syesha Mercado Relationships:
Xtavia Bailey - Sister
Zelda Mercado - Mother
José Mercado - Father

David Cook
Birth Place: Houston, TX
Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 12/20/1982, Sagittarius

David Cook Fast Facts:
Has been singing since he was in the second grade.
Former member of bands Axium and MWK.
Released an independent solo album Analog Heart in 2006.
David Cook Relationships:
Beth Foraker - Mother
Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, MO (2006)

David Archuleta
Birth Place: Miami, FL
Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 12/28/1990, Capricorn

David Archuleta Fast Facts:
Started singing at age 7, but stopped for several years when it was discovered that he had a paralyzed vocal chord.
Appeared on The Jenny Jones Show to sing "And I Am Telling You" from Dreamgirls.
Won the Junior category on Star Search in 2003, when he was 12.
Takes voice lessons from the same vocal coach as previous American Idol contestant Carmen Rasmusen.
David Archuleta Relationships:
Jeff Archuleta - Father
Lupe Archuleta - Mother
Daniel Archuleta - Brother
Claudia Archuleta - Sister
Amber Archuleta - Sister
Jazzy Archuleta - Sister

Brooke White
Birth Place: Mesa, AZ
Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 06/02/1983, Gemini

Brooke White Fast Facts:
Played the lead role in her high school's production of the musical Meet Me in St. Louis, which inspired her to pursue singing.
Released her debut CD, Songs From the Attic, in 2005.
Worked as a nanny, a hair stylist and a shoe salesperson before auditioning for the seventh season of American Idol.
Lists James Taylor, Carole King, Fleetwood Mac and Elton John among her influences.
Brooke White Relationships:
Kaylene White - Mother
Brad White - Father
Tyler White - Brother
Katie White - Sister
Quinn White - Sister

Carly Smithson
Birth Name: Carly Hennessy
Birth Place: Dublin, Ireland
Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 09/12/1983, Virgo

Carly Smithson Fast Facts:
Made her stage debut as Cosette in Les Misérables at the Olympic Theatre in Dublin.
Released two albums, one when she was younger, Carly's Christmas Album, the second when she was 17, Ultimate High.
Auditioned for American Idol during Season 5, and was put through to the Hollywood Round, but had problems securing a visa in time and was not able to attend.
Carly Smithson Relationships:
Mary Murray - Mother

Ramiele Malubay
Birth Name: Ramiele Macrowon Malubay
Birth Place: Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 09/06/1987, Virgo

Ramiele Malubay Fast Facts:
Was born in Saudi Arabia and spent her early years in the Philippines.
Worked as a hostess at a sushi restaurant.
Sang Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at her American Idol audition.
Musical influences include Aretha Franklin, the Jackson 5 and Mariah Carey.
Plays piano and guitar.
Ramiele Malubay Relationships:
Roger Malubay - Father
Alicia Malubay - Mother

Jason Castro
Birth Place: Dallas, TX
Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 03/25/1987, Aries

Jason Castro Relationships:
René Castro - Father
Betsy Castro - Mother
Jason Castro Fast Facts:
Former member of the band Keeping Lions.
Appeared in MTV reality show Cheyenne, and was featured in Cheyenne's video for "Hangin' On."
Attended Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Kristy Lee Cook
Birth Place: Seattle, WA
Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 01/18/1984, Capricorn

Kristy Lee Cook Fast Facts:
Began performing publicly at age 13.
A singer and piano player, she was a member of the band Sixshooter.
Was signed to Arista Records as a teenager, but was dropped without releasing an album.
Released a country CD, Devoted, in 2005 on Ren-Hen Records.
Lists Shania Twain, Faith Hill and Whitney Houston among her influences.
Rides and trains horses in her spare time.
Kristy Lee Cook Relationships:
Larry Cook - Father
Carlene Cook - Mother


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