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Erika Van Pelt of 'American Idol'
Erika Van Pelt
Hometown: South Kingstown, RI
Notable For: With her mobile DJ business and her wedding singer gigs, Erika had a fairly long audition package that culminated in a very good version of "Will You Still Love Me." The only time we really spent any time with her in Hollywood, she was letting her big personality upstage her big voice. In the wrong light, she comes across as theatrical, not a bad thing in the music world necessarily, but not always a great thing on "Idol," especially for women. Remembering the demographics of the people who vote for "Idol," there will always been a barrier that women have to break through if they aren't in their early 20s and like Elise Testone, Erika will have to pick the right songs immediately.