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|Birth name||Mikalah Analise Gordon|
January 14, 1988 |
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Singer, actress, television personality|
Gordon was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, the same city as her American Idol audition. Her mother, Victoria Cavaricci, is Italian American, and her father, Rocky Gordon, is Italian and Jewish. Gordon was raised Catholic and attended St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic School from 3rd to 8th grade. During her formative years Gordon regularly performed on stage with her father, a jazz musician who mentored his daughter, attempting to improve her versatility. Before Idol, she was with the Helen Joy Young Entertainers, sang at the White House, and worked at an oxygen bar.
Gordon was eliminated during "Billboard #1 Hits" week, on the March 24 show. This was also the week when the show mixed up the voting numbers for three of the Top 11 contestants, Anwar Robinson, Jessica Sierra and Gordon herself. Her last song on the show was a rendition of "Love Will Lead You Back" by Taylor Dayne.
|Week #||Song||Original artist||Result|
|Top 24||Young Hearts Run Free||Candi Staton||Safe|
|Top 20||God Bless the Child||Billie Holiday||Safe|
|Top 16||Somewhere||Cast of West Side Story||Safe|
|Top 12||Son of a Preacher Man||Dusty Springfield||Bottom 2|
|Top 11||Love Will Lead You Back||Taylor Dayne||Eliminated|
Post American Idol career
Mikalah Gordon returned to American Idol as a host for the pre-show on the fourth season finale of American Idol, sang during the beginning medley of The Beach Boys' songs and another song with finalist Lindsey Cardinale and Babyface.
Gordon landed a guest-starring role on Fran Drescher's new sitcom, Living with Fran. She played Fran's cousin Brianna, a Broadway singer. Following an appearance on the February 24, 2006 episode of The Tyra Banks Show, Tyra Banks hired her as a Tyra Show correspondent.
Mikalah played Lila Lee, a country singer on a USO tour in Iraq under the watch of The Unit, CBS's military drama, episode "M.P.s" on October 30, 2007. She was at the American Idol season finale visiting David Cook's hometown, cheering and talking to the crowd in 2008 and performed the same activities in Kris Allen's hometown in 2009.
Gordon can now be seen in multiple venues throughout the Los Angeles area weekly, performing standup comedy and singing.
Gordon released her first single, "Honey," on July 23, 2013.