Trenyce, American Idol
Credit: TRENYCE: Fox

Trenyce made our all-time ”Idol” Top 10

Song ”Proud Mary”

Date April 29, 2003 (season 2)

Why We Remember ”Sing like it’s the last time you’ll be on this stage,” Paula Abdul often tells the Idol finalists. And stylish, sultry Trenyce — who pretty much lost all chance of winning the Idol crown when her shoplifting mug shot popped up on midway through season 2 — did exactly that with her final-week performance: a scorching, disco-fied take on ”Proud Mary.” As that big, growling voice connected with lyrics about a hardscrabble life on the river, Trenyce (pictured in an earlier round) sounded every bit a winner.