Contestants with acting credits emerge as ringers in American Idol: SouthFlorida.com: "Mandisa is a dynamo of energy and poise. Why not? She's already shared a bill with the likes of Shania Twain, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill and Charlie Daniels."
Interesting article that points out some other professional experience other American Idol contestants have had, such as Lisa Tucker with a lead in the Lion King in LA, Paris Bennett as an opener for Bow Wow, and Ace Young as an actor on UPN.
It could be argued that anything shown on UPN has a small enough audience that it couldn't effect the outcome of the contest, but it is interesting that for an undiscovered talent show, these people sound like they have been discovered.
There are a couple of good reasons to give Mandisa the benefit of the doubt in this situation, and possibly to push for her vote. First, she opened for our man Charlie. Second, she may be the only contestent who could literally fit in his pants.
It may be time to champion a new contestant instead of speed dialing the number to get the lithpy chicken little character elected now. Well, maybe in a few weeks.
It's too fun listening to people say they can't believe he's still on the show.
"I’ve never watched Survivor or any of the rest of the myriad
reality shows and although you’re probably not going to believe this, I’ve never watched American Idol." --- Charlie Daniels, 2/27/06