Leslie Hunt was possibly the least regular contestant of the very best 24 of 2007’s American Idol. Inside a property of Celine Dion-worshipping wannabe divas, she was an indie rocker who cherished jazz and found a bit just like a funky hippie — a mixture that produced her distinctive, nonetheless it didn’t earn her plenty of votes to last at night first fourteen days from the semi-finals. A indigenous of Chicago, IL, Hunt have been performing since she was a kid. Supporting herself like a dogwalker in Chicago, she worked well gradually at music while in her early twenties, including collaborating with Jim Peterik — most widely known for composing strikes for the Ides of March, .38 Special, and Survivor — in a few tasks. After a wellness scare — she is suffering from lupus and almost died because of an adverse a reaction to a yellowish fever vaccination when going to Brazil — she made a decision to audition for American Idol at age 24. She 1st auditioned for Idol in Seattle, WA, and managed to get to Hollywood, where she after that made the ultimate cut to the very best 24. In her 1st week of competition she sang Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me FEEL JUST LIKE) AN ALL NATURAL Female.” In the next, she sang Nina Simone’s “Sense Great,” scatting the center of the music — towards the lukewarm compliment of Randy and derision of Simon. The scatting didn’t earn the hearts of America as Hunt referenced in her last sing-out, when she scatted “Why do I opt to scat? America don’t look after jazz” within the credits, gaining her some way of measuring Idol immortality on her behalf guts and great humor.