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Get to Know an American Idol Contestant: Tatiana McConnico

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Don't start writing your thank you speech for winning American Idol just yet, Sundance Head.

After last night's auditions in Birmingham, Tatiana McConnico may have something to say about the final outcome. Let's get to know this young hopeful a bit better ...

Tatiana Tatiana won the 33rd annual Hal Jackson Talented Teen International Scholarship (pictured here) when she was 14. By doing so, the Douglasville, Georgia native won trips to London, Paris, the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla - along with a $5,000 scholarship to the college of her choice.

“My advice to other teen girls who want to enter a scholarship competition is this: Enter because you want to, not because your mom, dad or anyone else thinks that it is a good idea," McConnico said at the time. "If you don’t want to do it, you won’t put your heart into it, and if your heart is not in it, you won’t do your best.”

Tatiana also was a Star Search finalist and starred in Alliance Theater productions of The Color Purple and The Wiz.

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In reply to "verla"s comment. If anyone actually got a chance to meet Tatiana you would see that she is as genuine as they come. If you can't handle the realness because of your own insecurity issues then thats a problem you have within yourself that YOU should deal with. Why let the world know of your bitterness?? Yes she may have gotten voted off but she's young and DEFINITELY gifted. She WILL go far by any means it will happen. Look for her on the BIG SCREEN.

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Tatiana was a self absorbed conceited whiner. She might had a good voice and she was definitely beautiful but her personality left alot to be desired. I prayed she would be voted off.

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great personality, real nice girl... great looking and great voice... i thought tatiana would have gone further, but never mind, her time will come ;) Bx

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I am so proud of you, Tatiana. You are so beautiful and your voice is extraordinary. What stage presence you have! I wish you continued success as you follow your dreams. Mrs. Zimmaro
(Your Fourth Grade Teacher)

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Congradulations Tatiana!!! I'm sooo proud of you. I'm looking forward to seeing your many accomplishments in the future. I'm certain you will do a marvelous job.

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We saw her perform in Atlanta at a bridal show at the mall. She sang a duet with E. Walter Smith called "Little Girl." My daughter said, "When I grow up I want to be pretty like her, Mommy!" We wish Tatiana the best of luck. What a voice!

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She is a very talented girl, and for being so young. We're going to enjoy seeing her in the Top 12. I am sure she'll make it that far, and if not further into the competition. :) Beautiful girl with a great personality and of course, she has a great voice!!

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