LaToya Renee London (born December 29, 1978) is an American R&B and soul singer and actress who was the fourth-place finalist on the third season of the reality/talent-search television series American Idol.
London was born in San Francisco, California and raised in Oakland, California, where she had her first public musical performance when, at the age of 7, she sang in her mother’s wedding. Her interest in singing began when she was just 4 years old, when she frequently sang when attending Allen Temple Baptist church.
London auditioned for the third season of American Idol in Los Angeles, California. Although she moved on through each round, she had not been featured prominently in any aired footage and was written off by many fans before the first studio performances. However, as a member of the third group of eight semifinalists, she sang Eric Carmen’s “All by Myself,” and received a standing ovation from celebrity judges Donna Summer, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul. Jackson labeled her performance as “brilliant” and “what the search for a superstar is all about,” Abdul called her “unbelievable” and praised her “quiet confidence,” and Simon Cowell said she was “the best of the group” and that it was a “superb, outstanding performance.” She was voted through to the final 12 contestants with 32.3 percent of audience votes, the largest percentage for every week of the semifinals.