“Idol” semifinalist Sabrina Sloan scores Motown deal


I am one of the many American Idol viewers who think that season six contestant

Sabrina Sloan

was voted off long before her time. She just missed the top twelve, exiting the show on March 8 after performing

En Vogue‘s “Don’t Let Go (Love).” It wasn’t her best, but Sloan certainly outshone



who stuck around after that night. Regardless of how the voting went down, she is a powerhouse.

While we may never get to see her duke it out with fellow Idol divas

Mindy Doo

and LaKisha (how cool would that have been?), we’ll at least get to hear her sing again, and soon: Sloan just scored a

record deal

with Universal’s Motown label, and the first album is slated for November release. In order to fully savor the anticipation, I’m going to

ignore the fact that the deal is actually for duets with yet another season six contestant, Sundance Head. Is that so wrong of me?

I didn’t think so.

One of the many great things about Sloan — who was a Broadway pro prior to Idol — is that she seems quite committed to

singing for a cause.

I’m a sucker for a woman with a big heart, and this particular woman belts out showtunes to raise money for Katrina relief. Sloan is Christian, but unlike a

certain season five contestant, she so far hasn’t gotten

burned by any negative publicity related to her faith, and I have no reason to believe she’s

anything but awesome.

I’m glad for that, because she really does have serious talent. If you need convincing (or reminding), just watch her nail Aretha Franklin‘s “I Never Loved a Man.”

That’s right. I think we’ll be seeing Sloan well after this album of duets comes out — and I am so OK with that.

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