Ryan Starr (born Tiffany Ryan Montgomery on November 21, 1982) is an American female singer, songwriter and actress. She ranked seventh on the season 1 of the talent search television series American Idol. Starr gained a fanbase based on her vocal talents and sexy image. She has appeared in numerous movies and both reality and scripted television programs. Although her music career has been held back; her iTunes exclusive single, My Religion, landed her a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, and peaked at #1 on the US Billboard Hot Digital Songs Chart selling 360,000 units.
She was the second singer from that group to be voted into the Top Ten. The following week, Starr was the first to perform on American Idol's first live show. She sang "If You Really Love Me" by Stevie Wonder, and received praise from the judges, including this quote from Simon Cowell, "Pure star performance, loved it." The famed 'Jaded Journalist,' an online reporter from American Idol's website said, "I want to see Kelly and Ryan battle it out in the final two!"
She faltered when she sang, "You Really Got Me," a Kinks classic and was panned by the judges. Simon Cowell called it "dreadful". However, the following week Starr sang "Last Dance" by Donna Summer and received praise from the judges.
When eliminated in 7th place, Starr received encouraging words from the judges. "You're a star, it's in your name, you'll make it." - Randy Jackson. "I don't understand, you should not be leaving us tonight. Don't worry, things are going to turn out great for you." - Paula Abdul. "You know Ryan, I think you're different from all the rest, and I think you can get what you want. Give me a call anytime; because you're about to become a star, I'll give you any help you need." - Simon Cowell.
Starr returned with the rest of the finalists during the shows' finale and sang "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'", and went on a nationwide 32-city tour with the other finalists.
After the tour wrapped up, FOX released a DVD which heavily featured Starr, along with a select few idols from the first season. Starr was also featured in the American Idol Season One official book released in mid 2003. She, along with her fellow top ten finalists, recorded an American Idol 'Greatest Hits' album which was successful on the charts.
Starr has placed the blame for her stalled music career on a two-year restrictive recording contract with RCA. Under this contract, she refused to record an album claiming producers wanted to turn her into an Avril Lavigne type singer. After an intense three year legal battle she was released from contract in 2005.
Now free from her recording contract with RCA, Starr is getting her music out there. Her iTunes Exclusive Single, "My Religion," exploded onto the US Billboard Hot Digital Songs Chart, peaking at #1. The song also fared very well on the American iTunes Top 100 songs peaking at #7, and also on iTunes Ireland, iTunes Russia, and iTunes UK. It also entered the top 20 on iTunes Italy, and into the top 50 in iTunes France. Original Source: USA Today
One of the highest selling exclusive singles ever, it sold an estimated 360,000 units worldwide according to MTV and USA Today. Although Starr has yet to release an album, People Magazine was to be released in late 2007.
In the 2005 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, they noted Ryan Starr to have sold the most exclusive single downloads in iTunes's history. They also went on to detail the fact that My Religion was slated to be released to stores in early 2006, but iTunes refused to release Ryan Starr's single from contract.
Shortly after her run on American Idol, Starr made a guest appearance on the popular FOX network comedy That '70s Show, and had a guest role on an episode of the hit CBS drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In 2004, she starred in the third season of the VH1 reality show The Surreal Life.
Currently, she has decided to focus more on her music, and will not be appearing on any more reality shows. Not limited to reality shows and singing, Starr had the lead role in the Direct-To-Video movie, Ring of Darkness.
Starr is hitting the music road in 2006–2007. She will be touring North America, and possibly China with her band. City tour dates are still TBA, however New York, Atlanta, Memphis, and Los Angeles are all confirmed. The first pit stop on her tour is the Nascar Raceway in Memphis, Tennessee on July 15, 2006. Starr will headline the show that will be aired on all FOX networks in North America.
Reports were previously made that Starr turned down a three-album deal with Sanctuary Records. The deal supposedly required Starr to record two pop albums before being allowed to record her rock album. These reports were later confirmed to be false by Starr herself.
In 2007, Starr had a featured spread in US Weekly. In the article, Starr revealed that she will be starring in her own reality television show. The show will center around Ryan Starr's personal life, her music, and her struggles to become a rock star in a pop-driven music industry. Starr also detailed that several networks are currently bidding for the rights for the show, MTV, Fuse, Bravo, E!, and FOX Reality. Starr also stated that the show will also see her gain the recording contract she has been searching for since she quit RCA. As Starr has been hitting the recording studio almost daily since late 2006, it has been said that the show will also feature snippets of her upcoming album.
In an interview given to the Today Show in early 2007, Starr revealed that iTunes had expressed interest in Starr releasing another exclusive single to follow up the immense success of "My Religion." Starr claimed that she was reluctant to accept as she wished to release a full album, but hinted she had accepted the very lucrative offer put forth by iTunes. Rumors began to circulate that 'Stranded' would be the next exclusive single when images of a single cover were released on her MySpace.
In conjunction with her spread in US Weekly, Starr released several news updates on her Myspace. Some of the news updates included the fact she will be returning to the runway sporting some of her own designs, and possibly some for Gucci. In her personal life, Starr said that doing charity work has become a central part of her life. She has been working constantly with poor children, and helping to clean up Los Angeles.
In early April of 2007, CelebTV.com revealed that Ryan Starr was voted second sexiest American Idol in history; narrowly behind Katharine McPhee. CelebTV.com also listed Starr as the second biggest 'rock star' to come from Idol, placed behind Chris Daughtry and in front of Bo Bice.
Starr revealed to MTV that she had formed a band called Aces. The music pure rock, and both she and the band members are very excited with the material.
In June 2006, Starr visited Aviva Foundation, a troubled and abused child home in northern Los Angeles. She spent the day getting to know the girls, playing various sports and games with them and also talking in-depth about their past. Starr commented on her blog, "It was such an inspiring day to see these teens who have literally nothing, and yet they're still just like all of us; and they are fighting to make themselves better." While at the Aviva Foundation, Starr attracted media attention, and spoke out on the matter stating that something had to be done.
|2002||American Idol||7th place finalist||Went on a nationwide, 32-city tour with all the American Idol finalists.|
|2002||That 70's Show||Marcie|
|2002, 2004||Entertainment Tonight||Guest Star|
|2002 - 2005||Access Hollywood||Starr, along with fellow idol R. J. Helton, did numerous interviews with Access Hollywood.|
|2002 - 2006||FOX News||Guest Star|
|2003||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Sophia Renatta||Starr appeared in an episode where she was killed in a diving accident, which looked like murder.|
|2003||What I Like About You||Pam Wayne|
|2003||Good Day Live||Guest Star|
|2003||Live with Regis and Kelly||Guest Star||Sang 'Lean on Me.'|
|2003, 2005||TRL||Guest Star||Interviewed.|
|2004||The Surreal Life||Housemate|
|2004||VH1 Big in 04||Star||Starr presented an award along with Flava Flav.|
|2004||On Air with Ryan Seacrest||Guest Star||Starr was interviewed by Ryan Seacrest, host of American Idol.|
|2004||Howard Stern||Guest Star|
|2004||Good Morning America||Guest Star|
|2004||The View||Guest Star|
|2005||Battle of the Network Reality Stars||Star||"Although it was a fun, short-n-sweet thing to do, I wouldn't do it again." - Ryan Starr|
|2005||A Rockin' Las Vegas New-Year with Ryan Starr||Host|
|2005||Billboard Music Awards||Red carpet|
|2005||All Star Reality Reunion||Interviewed|
|2006||Lingerie Bowl||Star||Starr was a side-line reporter.|
|2006||The Tyra Banks Show||Guest Star|
|2006||Kill Reality 2||Star||Currently Filming|
|2007||Dr. Keith Ablow||Interviewed|
|2004||Ring of Darkness||Stacy||Lead role|
|2003||Old Navy||Herself||With several other Idols.|
|2004||Fuse TV||Herself||Promoting a new rock line-up.|
|2006||Nascar||Herself||Promoting her July 15 Nascar Runway Performance.|
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