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Jordin Sparks, Melinda Doolittle, Chris Sligh: Representing Christians with Pride

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Thanks to The Christian Post for this look at three American Idol finalists ...

Several Christians made the big cut to make it as the final 12 competitors in this year's American Idol: Jordin Sparks, Melinda Doolittle, and Chris Sligh have all sang their way into America's homes - and each of them share a link to the Gospel Music Association (GMA) to some degree.

Sparks has Faith The trio stands as an achievement for Christians as they help break stereotypes in mainstream media, which has often looked down upon the Christian genre as lower in quality. Moreover, in addition to proving that people of faith can sing, these contestants are also becoming witnesses for Christ.

“I want them (non-believers) to know that God loves them, Jesus died for them, and that God has a plan for their life,” explained Sparks in her online e-profile at the GMA website. “I want them to see and hear that being a Christian and singing about it isn't weird!”

Each of the three artists has strong Christian accolades backing themselves.

Sparks and Sligh both have roots back to the GMA Music in the Rockies - a showcase event for aspiring, often unsigned, songwriters and artists in the Christian music industry. Today's renowned professional artists also attend to help these amateurs mature.

Sligh took home first place in the Pop-Adult Contemporary/Inspirational Song category during the conference in 2003 for writing "Only You Remain."

Sparks became the Overall Spotlight Winner at the 2004 GMA Academy in Washington, D.C., and grabbed top prize in the Country/Southern Gospel category.

As for Doolittle, she has performed as a backup singer in Nashville, home to most of today's Christian chief artists.

Now that they have all reached the current round, the twelve remaining singers on American Idol will all compete together and be eliminated one by one every week until a winner is crowned.

Last week, Sligh resonated one of Christian music's greatest hits by singing dcTalk's "We Just Wanna Be Loved."

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laughingly elsewhere jerseys officer:fiendish - Tons of interesdting stuff!!!

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You are all absolutely insane -- you realize that, don't you?

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I think that it is wonderful that some of the singers sing songs of faith. It should not be looked down on, they are always told to sing the songs they can sing best.
Besides a little help from above is helpful, since it is their choice, not ours. I happen to enjoy it and I know many, many others like it as well. We are not aiming to please as much as perform. Why not put a little belief into a performance. Who would be better to address? ph

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Singing Christian music only doesn't confirm anyone's Christianity any more than sleeping in a garage overnight makes you a car in the morning. I believe Chris should sing whatever he wants. Action speaks louder than words or music. Besides, the contestants are required to sing songs from certain eras, etc. Real Christians should not be critical of Chris, Jordin, Melinda, or anyone else, rather, they should rejoice that he is being given the possibility of a better vehicle to share his love for the Lord. It's not the words, it's not the tunes, it's not the genre, but the heart, and God knows Chris's heart. Be more worried as a Christian about your own Ambassadorship for Christ and how your actions on a daily basis affects how others perceive a "Christian"....Remember, God knows our hearts, no matter what we look like, sing, say or do.

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I think it's great that we have so many Christian's Competing this year. and if you notice the christians are the best singers. not to mention their attitudes, simon even even agrees on that one.

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Chris Sligh has posted some of his Christian feeling at www.chris-sligh.com. Do you think that is really him or a friend?