“Other than getting back in school after not having the money and not being there for a year, ‘American Idol’ has been the proudest moment ‘cause I worked so hard.” Frenchie Davis on the proudest moment of her life
Frenchie Davis is a former “American Idol” contender who gained notoriety after being kicked off in 2003 for appearing in topless photos for an Internet porn site. Entertainment Weekly labeled the singer as one of the program’s leading six contestants. In describing Davis and fellow contestant Kimberley Locke, Entertainment Weekly wrote, “From the second these two bodacious beauties strutted their stuff on stage, all those navel-baring lightweights should have headed home.”
Davis has since performed in such stage productions as “Rent,” where she played various roles, and “Dreamgirls.”
Childhood and Family:
Franchelle Davis, who would later be popular as Frenchie Davis, was born on May 9, 1979, in Lawndale, California. She attended Howard University, where she majored in theater. Currently, she resides in New York.
Lawndale, California native Frenchie Davis entered the showbiz as one of “American Idol” contestants in season two. With her strident voice and large frame, she has drawn comparisons to Aretha Franklin and was a fan favorite during her tenure on the talent show. However, she was disqualified for posing in lingerie on an adult website. Davis, who used the pseudonym HoneyBrown, claimed that she took the topless gig to make money for college.
After the banning, Davis became famous. She was invited to appear in VH1 Big in 03 and the game show “Pyramid” (both 2003). The same year, the girl performed in the Jonathan Larson Broadway production of “Rent” at the Nederlander Theater. She sang the solo in the opening song of “Act Two, Seasons of Love” and in ensemble roles like Mrs. Jefferson (Joanne’s mom), a coat vendor, Mrs. Marquez (Mimi’s mom), a woman with bags and others. Davis then withdrew to star in a West Coast tour of the musical “Dreamgirls.”
In 2005, Davis performed a weekly cabaret act at “XL” bar in New York. She also returned to her previous role in the Broadway production of “Rent.”