They lined up on stage in groups of 10 and each sang a short segment of a song a cappella. com Port 80American Idol (season 7) Judges Origin Song seventh season of American Idol, the annual reality show and singing competition, began on January 15, 2008 and concluded on May 21, 2008. He later joined Midwest Kings in Tulsa, but left to pursue a solo project where he released an album titled Idol he worked as a bartender at the Blank Slate in Tulsa, where he would also occasionally play shows. The first round of individual performance lasted two days.  His Hollywood performance of Bryan Adams s (Everything I Do) I Do It for You did not impress Simon Cowell but did so with his second performance Edwin McCain s I ll Be. Before the show, she and her sister won a talent competition in Tulsa.  Changes were planned for season 7 designed to return attention to the contestants by providing more information on their backgrounds and families. Her group Della Rose was working on their debut album in Nashville before they disbanded.  She also returned in Season 8 to audition in New York and her audition was featured.
Another piece of drama involved contestant Kyle Ensley when Simon Cowell voiced strong objection over him not being selected for the semifinals. Kady Malloy (born May 9, 1989, 18 at the time of the show) is from Houston, Texas, and auditioned in Dallas. Smithson previously signed a recording contract with major US label MCA Records and released an album in 2001 entitled Ultimate High under her birth name, Carly Hennessy. After the season ended she married her fiancé Casey Taylor. She has released several songs to her MySpace and shot a video for a cover of Time After Time with Colton Berry. He gave up his apartment to move to Hollywood. He previously auditioned for Idol in season six and made it to Hollywood week but was cut in the first round. Since the age of 12, Ramiele has sung at various Filipino-American events. His professional singing career prior to Jason Yeager  (born August 26, 1979, 28 at the time of the show) is from Grand Prairie, Texas, and auditioned in Dallas.
Kara DioGuardi, who was one of the coaches on the Endemol franchise, joined Idol for season eight. Until September 30, 2007, Hernandez worked as a male stripper named Caden at Dick s Cabaret in Phoenix, Arizona, performing fully nude and giving lap dances to male patrons. She was later found dead in a hit-and-run accident.. Shortly following his elimination, Noriega received an offer from Rosie O Donnell to perform on her cruise. A week before the Hollywood week, she was injured in a serious car accident. Cook s interest in music began early in life; he received his first guitar at the age of 2. She sold her prized horse in order to afford the trip to audition in Philadelphia where she auditioned with Amazing Grace, a song she also performed during the Hollywood week. Jason Castro Jason Castro (born March 25, 1987, 20 at the time of the show) Rockwall, Texas auditioned in Dallas with Keith Urban s Once in a Lifetime and Ray LaMontagne s version of Gnarls Barkley s Crazy. Unlike previous seasons, contestants whose performances not considered good enough were given a second chance in the second round.