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Jamar Simmons (born December 23, 1980)[1] was a contestant on Season 1 of American Idol.


Jamar auditioned in Atlanta. He sang "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" by Donny Hathaway. It is known that at least Randy and Paula both voted "yes", sending him through to the next round.

Hollywood Round[]

Jamar was shown during the final part of Hollywood Round, singing "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. He managed to make the Top 30.

Top 30[]

Jamar was in Group 2, and sang "Careless Whisper" by George Michael.§ He did not receive enough votes that week to make the Top 10, thus eliminating him from the competition.


  • Jamar became the first American Idol contestant to utilize a mononym (in this instance, his first name) during the competition.
Season 1
 ·Kelly Clarkson ·Justin Guarini ·Nikki McKibbin ·Tamyra Gray ·R.J. Helton ·Christina Christian
 ·Ryan Starr ·A.J. Gil ·Jim Verraros ·EJay Day
 ·Christopher Aaron ·Kelli Glover ·Alexis Lopez ·Angela Peel ·Alexandra Bachelier ·Chris Badano
 ·Natalie Burge ·Khaleef Chiles ·Rodesia Eaves ·Brad Estrin ·Adriel Herrera ·Kristin Holt ·Jamar ·Jazmin Lowery
 ·Tanesha Ross ·Melanie Sanders ·Mark Scott ·Gil Sinuet ·Tenia Taylor ·Justinn Waddell ·Delano Cagnolatti


§ Sometimes credited as Wham! feat. George Michael, never solely as Wham!—despite the single originating on the Wham! studio album, Make It Big (1984).