Then: Ah, Ryan Starr, one of the O.G. hotties of ‘American Idol,’ with her ripped abs and skin-baring costumes. Even her (made-up stage) name sounds hot (real name Tiffany Montgomery). The self-proclaimed “dork” and quintessential Cali girl made it all the way to the Top 7 from thousands of hopefuls, but even her gorgeous looks and great vocal range during performances like ‘If You Really Love Me‘ couldn’t save her from the American public’s burn.
Now: Following ‘Idol,’ Starr went on to have a successful career in the media, landing correspondent gigs for red carpet events, guest starring on ‘That ’70s Show’ in 2002, acting on an epsiode of ‘CSI,’ and partaking in VH1′s celebrity ‘Big Brother’-esque show, ‘The Surreal Life,’ where she was constantly embroiled in drama with castmate Flavor Flav. Starr also kept cranking out music, releasing a successful single to iTunes in 2004, entitled ‘My Religion,’ and actively performing with her band Aces, at least as of 2007. More recently, Starr lent her vocals to Dutch DJ Sander Kleinenberg’s track ‘Chemically.’