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Frenchie Davis

Frenchie Davis
Image credit: Frenchie Photograph by Gillian Laub

Frenchie Davis made EW's It List

Age 24

Why Her? Her funkalicious performance of ''And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going'' was the highlight of ''American Idol 2.'' And her expulsion from the show over naughty Net pics made America turn pro-French: An online petition to keep Frenchie on ''Idol'' garnered more signatures than an antiwar effort. Now the Howard student has hit Broadway, where, in the ensemble of ''Rent,'' she tears into the anthem ''Seasons of Love.''

Free of False Modesty ''I'm a great singer. I'm not a bad actress. I move very well.... And you can't help but like me, even if you're trying not to.''

Fashion Statement ''Opening night of ''Rent,'' I saw so many 'Save Frenchie' T-shirts. The drawing looks just like me! We need to find the artist and work a deal out, because those shirts are off the hook.''

No Idol Time on Her Hands '''American Idol'...may have made my success happen faster, but trust me: As determined as I was, I was going to be successful regardless.''

Next After a six-month stint in ''Rent'' (in no particular order): graduation, recording an album, and law school.

Pardon Her French ''Nobody can f--- with my money if I have a law degree.''

Originally posted Jun 19, 2003