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Melanie Noelle Sanders (born November 22, 1980)[1] was a contestant on Season 1 of American Idol.


Melanie auditioned in Atlanta. She sang "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston. All three judges voted "yes", sending her through to the next round.

Hollywood Round[]

Melanie's stay in Hollywood was not televised much, but she managed to make the Top 30.

Top 30[]

Melanie was in Group 3, and sang "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" by Jennifer Holliday. She did not receive enough votes to make the Top 10, thus eliminating her from the competition.


  • At the time of her audition, Melanie was Miss Congeniality as the fourth runner-up Miss Mississippi entry in the Miss Teen USA pageant;[2] having already won preliminary local stages.[3]
  • Melanie sang the same song in the semifinals as Tamyra Gray, from Group 1.
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