Mandisa's Religious Comments Grab Attention
Mandisa Huntley (who goes by simply Mandisa) was an early favorite in Season 5 but was surprisingly voted out in tenth place--perhaps because she got more attention for what she said than what she sang.
Before singing a gospel song by the group Mary Mary, she announced, "This song goes out to everybody that wants to be free. Your addiction, lifestyle, or situation may be big, but God is bigger." Additionally, Mandisa listed author Beth Moore as her heroine on her official "Idol" bio page. Moore, who writes books dealing with Christian women's spirituality, has spoken out against homosexuality and endorses ex-gay ministries like Exodus International. Although Mandisa didn't make any specific comments about homosexuality, her comment plus her endorsement of Moore were enough to cause many gays to boycott her music.
Mandisa's first album, "True Beauty" was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Contemporary Gospel Album, and her single "Only This World" hit #1 on Billboard's Christian Music chart.