Actually, she didn't win the contest. She made it to the final 12 on American Idol and was told by Simon Cowell she didn't have what it takes before she was booted off. Which I believe was about 2 1/2 years ago.
She competed with about 700 other girls for the part in Dreamgirls.
When you take into consideration the casting, rehearsal and movie making process, she's been busy. Not to mention all the talk shows she's been on.
I saw this young kid, Von Lee Smith, singing a song from Dreamgirls on the View this morning. Here's his website if you want to see his original YouTube footage -BellaOnline ALERT: Raw URLs are not allowed in these forums for security reasons. Please use UBB code. If you don't know how to do UBB code just post here for help - we will help out!