Jennifer auditioned for the third season of "American Idol" in August 2003. Before her star-making turn on "Idol," the Chicago-native was biding her time as a cruise ship performer aboard the Disney Wonder, where she played Calliope in "Hercules: A Muse-ical Comedy." "I said, 'If I can get through the ship, that means I'm cut out for 'Idol,'" she told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Her fortitude paid off. Jennifer advanced to the finals after performing Aretha Franklin's "Share Your Love with Me" during the Atlanta round of auditions.