Frenchie Davis on 'The Voice': 'I know I'm not an Idol'


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Frenchie Davis doesn’t like the word redemption because, as she is quick to point out, she has nothing to redeem herself for. But redemption was the name of the game Tuesday when the former American Idol contestant – who got booted from season two for having previously posed for sexy photos – showed millions of viewers what they missed out on when she brought down the house during the first live show of NBC’s The Voice.

She closed the show with David Guetta’s “When Love Takes Over.”

“Some people might see it that way,” Davis told reporters when asked if she felt like she redeemed herself. “I personally don’t think I have anything to redeem myself from. But it’s definitely a chance to enlighten people who maybe were not Frenchie enlightened before and share my gift with a whole part of the world that I’ve never been able to share it with. And, hey, Cee-Lo Green’s a fan now. Hello!”

It’s also a chance to finish what she started.  “What broke my heart so badly with the Idol experience was that when I left Idol most of the people remembered me because of the controversy surrounding the show. And if I had no talent, if I was just some talentless girl who showed her boobs at 19, I could live with that. But it’s like, I was born to sing and I just couldn’t live with that being my legacy when God gave me this voice. This show symbolized for me, win or lose, I get to walk away from this show and be remembered for my voice and that’s I ever wanted.”

Truth be told, Davis says she’s glad she didn’t make it far on Idol. “In retrospect, I totally get that everything happens the way it’s supposed to and I know I’m not an Idol. The Voice, I might be that. Idol just wasn’t for me and this feels like it’s for me. It’s just right.”


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  • Mommydog

    Frenchie was on season 2, not season 6 of AI

    • MC


      • loli

        always curious, what does posting the reply “this” mean? does it mean agreement? sorry for my naivete

      • @loli

        Yes, it means agreement

      • Move along…

        I have never liked this woman. Her looks, her attitude, her voice. Meh. She would have lost “Idol” anyway.

  • Beauty

    Good for her!

  • True

    I like her perspective. Despite the unfortunate play of events, she manages to treat the ‘Idol’ experience with a sense of respect (it would be so easy to trash their competition, but she doesn’t feel the need). It’s admirable. She’s admirable.

    • Bebe

      I like your comment! so on point! I felt kinda sad watching Frenchie singing so well after so many years have passed. I felt she was robbed of a great career for all those years. I hope she wins!

      • Squishmar

        Well, she did perform on Broadway in “Rent,” so she wasn’t totally robbed. And if being on Broadway isn’t redeeming, I don’t know what is. But, like she said herself, I don’t think she had anything to redeem herself from.

  • TJ. Church

    Nothing to redeem from… Wasn’t she in porn-like photos?!

    • Mama

      I wouldn’t call topless photo porn-like considering the number of actresses/’starlets’ who post them, send them, etc. Her photos were just topless & that was it. Let’s not make her into Kim Kardashian here…..

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  • SBubba

    It was B.S. she was kicked off Idol especially after they let so many losers through. She has an amazing voice and I have never forgotten her. I’m a fan and wish her the best. She deserves it.

    • TQB

      Totally agree with this. She has nothing to “redeem” herself from, but she deserves another shot.

  • Sally in Chicago

    So, what is Frenchie doing these days besides competing on another voice show?

    • maiv

      She does a lot of lower profile singing gigs, like touring with Rent (I think it was Rent)

      • SDTim

        She was in the BROADWAY cast of Rent towards the end of its run. Not exactly a “lower profile singing gig.”

      • marymoon

        She was, using a traditional term to fit a non-traditional show or part, the chorus. she was not a main character, but one of the people that fluctuated to play the various side characters throughout the show. She did however sing the lead of Seasons of Love

      • Squishmar

        It’s called being a “swing”. And I’m sure she understudied parts as well. Not an easy thing to do.

    • Bob Bob

      She has performed at Gay Pride events also over the years.

      • mddiva35

        She has performed as a professional singer that’s why I think ‘The Voice’ is a bogus show. There are other contestants that have performed as professional singers like Javier (who had a recording contract and recorded an album)as well who are on this show.

  • Just sayin’

    Frenchie was in season 2 of American Idol.

  • steelerdaddy

    I think the writer saying Season 6 was a Freudian slip…Season 6 was Antonella Barba, who, just like Frenchie, posed nude before Idol, but the producers did nothing to Antonella and let her compete. Frenchie was upset, and in my honest opinion, rightly so. But that’s probably where Season 6 came from.

    • caliban821

      While I dont think Frenchie should have been kicked off, Antonella’s case was different. She made racy but private photos for her boyfriend. Those photos made their way to the internet against her will. Frenchie was paid to appear topless.

  • Shelly

    Too bad Christina didn’t showcase Frenchie’s powerful voice last night. That song was not right for her.

    • Marianne

      Are you kidding? That song was FANTASTIC! I bought it on iTunes right away (Frenchie’s currently #9 on their Dance chart).
      Maybe you just don’t like dance music…?

  • Alfy

    I agree it was not the right song for Frenchie, regardless she still showcased her voice.

  • RCB

    I voted for her and Dia last night. Good luck, Frenchie!

  • Richard Neely

    Frenchie Davis is a class act and has devoted her time fighting for gay rights or HUMAN rights. She’s my Voice.

  • Marcy Runkle

    Couldn’t care less about her photos, I just don’t think she’s that spectacular. Terralynn sang circles around her in the battle round.

    • Richard Neely

      No offense, I have heard Terralyn sing crazy good, but she was a mess in the battle round.

  • Robin Davis

    Frenchie i think your voice is amazining.I’ve one question for you where did you get those earrings ? I love them and i need them.Just in case you’re wondering which one the ones you had on when you did your solo. I love you

  • Bruce A

    I just love me some Frenchie! I loved you performance of When Love Takes Over. You have been missed. Welcome back! I can’t wait to buy her CD…make it worth the wait girl.

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