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And both did so on a live television broadcast watched by millions. By that time, Phillippi Sparks was becoming an accomplished defensive back and punt returner at Arizona State, where he transferred after a season of junior college football.
Yet, both fidgeted as they awaited the judgment of millions of viewers in what has become not merely a TV singing competition but a media extravanganza watched regularly by one in 10 Americans. Like other child stars, Jordin's story starts with her parents. By his second season he had earned a starting job in the Giants secondary, but an injury forced him to miss 11 games.
She recorded a demo album and auditioned for Star Search in 2003.
One year later, Jordin was entering contests-and winning.
With contestants eliminated through the 20 weeks of Season 6 that began on Jan. Mainstream versus Christian pro-life counterculture. When the verdict was read, both finalists cheered, but the country's attention was all on 17-year-old Jordin Sparks of Glendale, Ariz., who became American Idol's sixth champion. Phillippi Sparks was a standout football player in 1988 at Glendale Community College outside of Phoenix when he bumped into Jodi Wiedmann, an Arizona State student taking a class at Glendale, at a football scrimmage. When he saw her again on the Glendale campus, he repeated the line. When Sparks was on the field, he was a productive cornerback with a knack for interceptions.
Over the weekend, Jordin and boyfriend Steph Jones attended the Pepsi Refresh Project Cafe at Fontainebleau Hotel, where celebs submitted their ideas to help improve people’s lives. FYI: Jordan is wearing a Sanctuary Clothing “Noah” Plaid Tunic.
"She has a gift from the man upstairs." Jordin's increasingly visible talent brought her into contact with an eclectic range of music stars.
She performed for legendary shock-rocker-turned-Christian Alice Cooper at a contest for the singer's Christian charity, Solid Rock Foundation. Smith after his manager brought Jordin to Smith's home. had a smile and personality as big and inviting as her voice." Smith invited Jordin to sing backup on two tours.
He talked openly about the importance of religion and his faith to teammates but spent evenings undercutting that message by living the nightlife in bars.
In an interview with The New York Times in 1995, Sparks admitted that his failure to walk the talk had alienated teammates and strained his relationship with his wife.