Chikezie at the American Idol, Season 7, Top 12 after party on March 6, 2008.
|Birth name||Chikezie Ndubuisi Eze|
September 11, 1985 |
Inglewood, California, United States
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, harmonica|
He was born in Inglewood, California to Nigerian immigrants Richard Eze and Chika Emerueh Eze. He has a younger brother, Obinna, and an older sister,Odochi. He began singing when he was 13 years old. He attended high school at the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies in West LA. Before auditioning for American Idol, he was a Transportation Security Administration screener and a cashier. He spent the 2004-2005 academic year at Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas. He also studied singing at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California.
He previously auditioned for the show's sixth season and made into the Hollywood Round, where he was cut before the top 40. He was good friends with Danny Noriega, who was also in the Hollywood Rounds for Season 6.
Holding number 613, Chikezie successfully auditioned again for Season 7 of American Idol and made the top 24 and then the top 12. He was eliminated from American Idol on March 26, 2008, coming in tenth place. He was in the bottom 3 with Jason Castro and Syesha Mercado, who both made the top 4. According to his AmericanIdol.com profile, his musical influences are Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, John Legend, Sam and Dave and others. While on American Idol he roomed with David Archuleta.
|Week #||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Order #||Result|
|Top 24 (12 Men)||1960s||"More Today Than Yesterday"||The Spiral Starecase||2||Safe|
|Top 20 (10 Men)||1970s||"I Believe to My Soul"||Donny Hathaway||8||Safe|
|Top 16 (8 Men)||1980s||"All the Man That I Need"||Linda Clifford||8||Safe|
|Top 12||Lennon–McCartney||"She's a Woman"||The Beatles||2||Safe|
|Top 11||The Beatles||"I've Just Seen a Face"||The Beatles||10||Safe|
|Top 10||Year They Were Born||"If Only for One Night"||Luther Vandross||4||Eliminated|
These are just most downloaded songs and performances from iTunes:
- 2008: American Idols LIVE! Tour 2008
- 2009: American Stars In Concert - Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI March 26, 2009
Chikezie completed the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2008 which covered over 50 cities from July 1 to September 13, 2008.
Chikezie is mentioned in the skit Metaphor by nerdcore rapper mc chris.
On March 19, 2009, Chikezie confirmed via interview that he is working on an album that will be released "sometime in the next 3 months". He also stated that he has had various offers from a few labels, but denied them, claiming that they wanted him to be a certain way. He stated that his album is going to be a "culmination of everything I've learned as far as musically and style-wise". He also stated that he has plans to tour for his album's release.
Chikezie was reportedly arrested February 25, 2010 at the Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills and charged with felony identity theft. He claimed this was the first time he used this card.
Chikezie wed his longtime girlfriend Linda Iruke on July 10, 2011 in his hometown of Inglewood, California.
- California Birth Index, 1905-1995, lists name as Chikezie Ndubuisi Eze, born 11 Sep 1985 in Los Angeles County, California, and mother's maiden name listed as Emerueh.
- "Idol Tracker". The Los Angeles Times. March 19, 2009.
- "Chikezie Eze arrested for identity theft". USA Today. February 26, 2010.