Life and career
Early life and career beginnings
Tucker was born in Anaheim, California to Stanley and Eleanor Tucker, and has two older brothers: Billy and Stanley III. Both of her brothers were backup singers and choreographers for Tucker’s concert in 2002.
At the age of 16, she auditioned for the fifth season of American Idol in Denver, Colorado with a song she also sang on Star Search, One Moment in Time by Whitney Houston. Simon Cowell said she was the best 16-year-old to ever audition for the show. Later, the judges made a unanimous decision to put her through to the season’s final 24. America voted her through to the top 12. While she was on American Idol she attended high-school classes with former Idol finalists Paris Bennett and Kevin Covais. She was eliminated and was given 10th place on March 29, 2006, after being in the bottom three with Katharine McPhee and Ace Young.