Thursday, May 17, 2007

Melinda Doolittle on American Idol 2007

It was hard to believe when I found out my high school friend Melinda Doolittle auditioned for American Idol's Sixth Season this year! She was a part of my lunch group when I was a senior, but I only got to hang out with her for a year because she was a sophomore, new to our group (our high school only had sophomores, juniors, and seniors) and then I graduated. I can attest that Melinda is a sweetie and has no pretention about her. She liked to sing back then, but I didn't know she would go on to make it a career like this! (After graduating from Union, she went on to get her degree in Commercial Music at Belmont University in Nashville, and has been singing BGV ever since.) If anyone reading this cares about American Idol, please cast your votes for Melinda this year! I will be posting her progress here on this entry. Melinda, I'm rooting for you all the way! [Melinda's Backups have started a MySpace Fansite just for her!)

Melinda's Timeline:

1/24/07: Melinda Auditions for American Idol in Memphis, wins the Golden Ticket to Hollywood [Watch video here]
2/14/07: Discovers she passes to the Top 24 Contestants [Watch video here]

2/21/07: Performs "Since You've Been Gone" by Aretha Franklin in the Top 24 Competition [Watch video here]
2/22/07: Voted to go on to the Top 20 Contestants

2/28/07: Performs "My Funny Valentine" by Frank Sinatra in the Top 20 Competition [Watch video here]
3/01/07: Voted to advance to the Top 16 Contestants

3/07/07: Performs "I'm a Woman" by Peggy Lee in the Top 16 Competition [Watch video here]
3/08/07: Voted into the Top 12 Contestants

3/13/07: Performs "Home" from The Wiz for the Diana Ross week in the Top 12 Competition [Watch video here]
3/14/07: Continues into the Top 11 Finals

3/20/07: Performs "As Long as He Needs Me" from Oliver! for the British Invasion week in the Top 11 Competition [Watch video here]
3/21/07: Continues into the Top 10 Finals

3/27/07: Performs "Heaven Knows" by Donna Summer for Gwen Stefani week in the Top 10 Competiton [Watch video here]
3/28/07: Moves on into the Top 9 Competition

4/03/07: Sings "I Got Rhythm" for Tony Bennett/Swing Week in the Final 9 Competition [Watch video here]
4/04/07: Voted into the Top 8 Finals

4/10/07: Sings "Sway" by Jennifer Lopez for the J.Lo/Latin Week in the Final 8 Competition [Watch video here]
4/11/07: Moves into the Top 7 Finals

4/17/07: Performs "Trouble is a Woman" by Julie Reeves for Martina McBride/Country Week [Watch video here]
4/18/07: Voted into the Top 6 Finals

4/24/07: Performs "There Will Come a Day" by Faith Hill for Idol Gives Back/Inspirational Week [Watch video here]
4/25/07: Stays in Top 6 Competition (no eliminations this week)

5/1/07: Melinda sings "Have a Nice Day" by Bon Jovi for Bon Jovi/Rock week-Watch video here]
5/2/07: Continues into the Top 4 Finals (2 eliminations this week)

5/8/07: Melinda sings "Love You Inside Out" and "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" by the BeeGee's for Barry Gibb/Disco Week [Watch videos here and here]
5/9/07: Voted into the Top 3 Finals

5/15/07: Melinda performs 3 songs:
Judge's Choice (Randy Jackson): "I Believe in You and Me" by Whitney Houston [watch video here]
Producer's Choice: "Nutbush City Limits" by Ike and Tina Turner [watch video here]
Contestant's Choice: "I'm a Woman" by Peggy Lee [watch video here]
5/16/07: Melinda is voted off of American Idol - does not advance to Top 2 [watch video here]


Watch all of Melinda's American Idol Journey in the video below:

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Blogger Dana Delynn said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog! Melinda captured my attention not only by her amazing voice, but her personality, she just seems like a really sweet person who deserves to make it all the way. I think she has the natural ability to make a huge singing career.

12:49 AM  
Blogger queen_spoo said...

Hi Dana! I completely agree!!

1:14 AM  
Blogger Palm Springs Savant said...

I feel bad about Melinda, but she will do well no matter what. It was interesting with this year's Idol, with some of the retro music that the kids sang. I just posted my list of favorite female singers today, (Peggy Lee was my #1) And last saturday was my post on top male crooners. Interested in your perspective. Stop by and say hi sometime.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't feel bad for Melinda she doing really great she will released her first album at the end of the summer. Come join us to support her in her career

2:03 PM  
Anonymous Alan said...

Melinda's Backups originally formed on the American Idol message boards, but now have a more permenant home where we support Melinda. We recently fieled a team at the Nashville Country Music Marathon, and Melinda herself turnout out to support us as we raised more than $9000 dollars for Malaria No More. Our current project is to endow a Scholarship at Belmont University in Melinda's name . Please come and join us.

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for letting us post about our favorite singer. Without this site, it would be really difficult to share the latest news about them.

FREE SONG FROM AMERICAN IDOL'S MELINDA DOOLITTLE! GO TO and get it NOW - FREE! New album released on February 3, 2009! Don't miss it!

Keep updated about Melinda's career at which is a web site owned by Melinda Doolittle. Melinda’s Backups™ is a non-profit supportive association inspired by Melinda and authorized by her to operate this web site on behalf of her fans.

I am one of her backups (fans) and can truly say that not only is Melinda hugely talented but she is also exceptionally kind and gracious

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melinda Doolittle in her first-ever Nightclub engagement

November 17-21, New York City

FEINSTEIN'S AT LOEWS REGENCY, the nightclub proclaimed "Best of New York" by New York Magazine, will debut MELINDA DOOLITTLE in her first-ever nightclub engagement from November 17 – 21. The “American Idol” finalist will perform an intimate evening of jazz standards, pop hits and Broadway classics, in addition to selections from her CD, Coming Back To You. All shows are at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street). For ticket reservations and club information, please call (212) 339-4095 or visit and

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