Ryan Starr (born Tiffany Ryan Montgomery; November 21, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She finished seventh on the season 1 of the talent search television series American Idol. She has since appeared in numerous movies and both reality and scripted television programs. Starr was born into a middle-class family in Sunland, Los Angeles, California to Peruvian mother and white father. Starr appeared during the audition rounds on the first season of American Idol, using her birth name. According to Simon Cowell's memoir I Don't Mean to be Rude, she was 'cripplingly shy' at the audition, but 'Paula [Abdul] saw some potential for stardom in her, and decided to mentor her.' As a result, he claims, Montgomery became overly confident, changing her name to 'Ryan Starr' by the next phase of the competition, dressing in flamboyant homemade outfits, and insisting on singing rock rather than the pop music he felt she was suited for.
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