Lisa Tucker talks American Idol

Jan 20, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. ET

Lisa Tucker emerged from the American Idol machine in season five and has prospered since. Tucker shares her American Idol insight exclusively as a new season of Idol charges ahead.

Lisa TuckerThat fifth season of American Idol featured not only Tucker, but also rock superstar Chris Daughtry, champion Taylor Hicks, pop princess Katharine McPhee, smooth singing Elliott Yamin, country crooner Bucky Covington and country queen Kellie Pickler.

Tucker talks what brought her to a life-changing momentous American Idol audition and how the Idol nation rallies around its own. As American Idol season nine continues January 20 on Fox, SheKnows looks back at Idols and where they are now.

Tucker talks American Idol

SheKnows: Thanks for visiting with First, I wanted to start out asking, what first drew you to music?

Lisa Tucker: Wow, we've got to go way back for that one! I was always singing like on road trips and home videos, whatever. I was always singing. I did children's theater when I was young and I did The Lion King when I was about 11 here in Hollywood. That was what really catapulted me into singing and acting, and then eventually doing Idol when I was 16.

SheKnows: Were there any thoughts of maybe waiting a year or two to mature? Obviously fate has proven your choice correct to go at it at 16, but did you ever think at all about maybe waiting a year or two?

Lisa Tucker: You know, I wasn't even sure if I wanted to audition at all! I had been watching the show since I was 12 and everyone in my household loves American Idol. So they were like, "Why don't you just go on it?" and "What do you have to lose?" It finally started actually making sense, so I was like "OK, I'll just do it!" And I just went and I just did it.

SheKnows: You talked about discovering singing at an early age, but were there performers out there that shaped your influence over the years?

Lisa Tucker: Well, ever since I was little, I listened to Whitney Houston. I would be singing Saving All My Love For You and here is this 7 year old girl singing that song! So, definitely Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, of course -- I was into rock music too, so that was a huge influence -- but definitely Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Prince, Michael Jackson, definitely.

Visit Reality TV Magazine for the rest of Tucker's talk including her thoughts on her favorite American Idol season five celebrity mentor and how she Paris Bennett and Kevin Covais bonded over serving as a quarter of the AI Top 12 while all being only 16-years-old.

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