Райан СтаррАмериканская поп певица, композитор и актриса
Дата рождения: 21.11.1982
- Ryan Starr: Biography
- Success in "American Idol"
- Post-"American Idol" Career
- Acting and Reality TV
Ryan Starr: Biography
Ryan Starr (Tiffany Ryan Montgomery) was born on November 21, 1982, in a middle-class Christian family in Sanlande, Los Angeles, California, USA. With a lineage that includes French, Colombian, Irish, and Peruvian roots, Starr auditioned for the first season of the popular reality show "American Idol," using her given name. According to the memoirs of media mogul and impresario Simon Cowell in "I Don't Mean to be Rude," during her audition, Ryan was "shy and reserved," but "Paula Abdul saw her star potential and decided to become her mentor." Cowell described Montgomery as quickly becoming self-assured, changing her name to "Ryan Starr" in the next stage of the competition and insisting that rock music suited her more than pop music.
Success in "American Idol"
In the semifinals, Starr chose to perform "The Frim Fram Sauce" instead of the typical pop hits that other contestants sang, which earned her a spot in the top ten. The following week, she opened the first live episode of "American Idol" by singing Stevie Wonder's "If You Really Love Me." Praised by the judges, Ryan finally won the favor of Cowell, who stated, "It was a star performance, I liked it." However, her rendition of "You Really Got Me" by the rock band "The Kinks" was heavily criticized by the judges. Cowell called her performance simply atrocious. The next week, the judges' anger turned into mercy as they appreciated her rendition of Donna Summer's "Last Dance," but ultimately, Starr's quest for the top came to an end.
Post-"American Idol" Career
Starr returned to the show for the final concert, performing "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'," and then embarked on a tour of 32 cities with the other finalists. After signing a contract with the label "RCA," she refused to record an album, claiming that they wanted to turn her into a second Avril Lavigne. After a three-year legal battle with the record company, she gained freedom from her obligations in 2005. Starr released the exclusive single "My Religion" on iTunes, which reached the top of the "Billboard Hot Digital Songs" chart and became the most downloaded single in iTunes' history, selling 360,000 copies worldwide.
Acting and Reality TV
Starr announced on MTV that she had formed a rock band called "Aces" and that she and the band members were excited about the material they were working on. She appeared in an episode of the popular American sitcom "That '70s Show" and guest-starred as Sofia Renatta in the series "C.S.I. Crime Scene Investigation." Starr also took on the leading role of Stacey in the musical TV horror "Circle of Darkness." In 2004, she participated in another reality show, VH1's "The Surreal Life," and in 2008, she competed in "Gimme My Reality Show" on Fox Reality, where she vied for the chance to have her own reality show but was eliminated after the second round. Starr tearfully stated on camera, "Sometimes I regret coming on 'American Idol' because sometimes I think that's probably why I don't have a record deal."
Like many celebrities, Ryan Starr is involved in charitable work, stating that it has become a significant part of her life. She continuously works with underprivileged children and helps in cleaning up Los Angeles.