Back in 2007, Jordin Sparks made history as the youngest person to ever win American Idol. Just 17 years old at the time, the singer went on to release a platinum album and snag a Grammy nomination.
In a throwback interview with Fuse, Sparks recalled how inspiring it was to watch Kelly Clarkson light up the stage. "I was like, 'Mom, I wanna do that. I wanna be able to sing on a big stage in front of tons of people and be successful,'" she said.
The Phoenix native went on to explain that her initial audition in Los Angeles failed to get her to the judges round. Disappointed but not disheartened, she earned a second chance in Seattle after winning her local Arizona Idol.
And, well, the rest is history.
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