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Lisa Tucker / American Idol

w/ SP's Mark Battaglia _______________________ Born in Newport Beach, California Lisa Tucker was raised in Anaheim, both of which are Los Angeles suburbs. Her parents are Stanley Tucker and Eleanor Tucker. Tucker was encouraged by her parents to audition for a production of A Little Princess which was held by Orange County Children's Theater (OCCT). She landed the lead role, which was the first play she auditioned. At the age of ten, Tucker was referred by OCCT for Walt Disney Productions to cast her as young Nala for the musical production of The Lion King. It was her first paying job and Tucker said, "I would have done it for free!" Tucker played Nala for 11 months but had to stop due to child labor laws and contract limitations for minors. When Tucker was 13 she auditioned for Star Search and eventually made it to the finals. She was the runner-up to Tiffany Evans. At the age of 16 she auditioned for the fifth season of American Idol in Denver, Colorado with a song she also sang on Star Search, One Moment In Time by Whitney Houston. Simon Cowell said she was the best 16-year-old to ever audition for the show. Later, the judges made a unanimous decision to put her through to the season's final 24. America voted her through to the top 12. She was eliminated and was given 10th place on March 29, 2006, after being in the bottom three with Katharine McPhee and Ace Young. Tucker is also a songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and is learning to play the drums. She has performed at numerous city events in Anaheim such as the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, Flag Day events, a Mighty Ducks Game, and an Anaheim Angels baseball game. She also made a guest appearance on The O.C. playing herself in the prom episode. Read more. Lisa Tucker

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