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Gordon was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, the same city as her American Idol audition. She is of Italian and Jewish descent. Mikalah went to St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic School from 3rd to 8th grade. During her formative years Gordon regularly performed on stage with her father, jazz musician Rocky Gordon, who mentored his daughter, attempting to improve her versatility. Before Idol, she was with the Helen Joy Young Entertainers, sang at the White House, and worked at an oxygen bar.
Post American Idol
Gordon was eliminated during "Billboard #1 Hits" week, on the March 24 show. This was also the week when the show mixed up the voting numbers for three of the Top 11 contestants, Anwar Robinson, Jessica Sierra and Gordon herself. Her last song on the show was a rendition of "Love Will Lead You Back" by Taylor Dayne. She came back as a host for the pre-show on the series finale of American Idol Season 4 and also sang during the finale in the beginning medley of The Beach Boys songs and later sang in the program with another Idol finalist Lindsey Cardinale and singer Babyface.
Gordon is often compared to actress Fran Drescher, and Bette Midler. She signed a development deal with Warner Bros..
Gordon landed a guest-starring role on Fran Drescher's new sitcom, Living with Fran. She played Fran's cousin Brianna, a Broadway singer. Following an appearance on the February 24, 2006 episode of The Tyra Banks Show, Tyra Banks hired her as a Tyra Show correspondent.
Mikalah is currently in the early stages of producing an album.
Mikalah recently affirmed that she is in fact a virgin, denying rumors that had spread across the internet about her sexuality. She also released a letter to a blogger stating that much of her experience with American Idol had been under a cloud of severe depression. The letter is posted on her website. Mikalah has stated that she hopes to be an inspiration to young people who deal with depression and life issues.
On August 23, 2006, Mikalah was assaulted in Las Vegas during a robbery at gunpoint at 3:30 a.m near Nellis Boulevard and Washington Avenue. Her mother, Victoria Cavaricci, said "Police said she's so lucky she's alive."
During March 2007, Mikalah along with her cocompetitor Lindsey Cardinale, upcoming country singer Stephen Cochran, and the God warrior Marguerite Perrin, judged the small production of Amateur Idol in the small town of Loranger, Louisiana. Mikalah was a hit with the small town community and frequently visits.
Mikalah appeared on NBC's Identity on April 6, 2007. She posed as an "American Idol Finalist."
Mikalah played Lila Lee, a country singer on a USO tour in Iraq under the watch of The Unit, CBS's military drama, episode "M.P.s" on October 30, 2007. She was at the American Idol finale where she was at David Cook's home town cheering and talking to the crowd
Gordon currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
She was a contestant on Gone Country 2, on CMT. During the show, she wrote a song called "Your Ugly When Your Drunk" which she performed in the finale.
Gordon recently finished a brief stint at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center in Lubbock, Texas, as Dorothy, in Todrick Hall's retelling of the Wizard of Oz. Oz, the Musical sold out both nights. She starred alongside Season Two alumni Rickey Smith as the Tinman, and Season 4 Alumni Scott Savol, as the Lion, and Vonzell Solomon, as Glinda/Aunt Em.
American Idol Performances
|Week #||Song Choice||Original Artist||Result|
|Top 24||Young Hearts Run Free||Candi Staton||Safe|
|Top 20||God Bless the Child||Billie Holiday||Safe|
|Top 16||Somewhere||Barbra Streisand||Safe|
|Top 12||Son of a Preacher Man||Dusty Springfield||Bottom 2|
|Top 11||Love Will Lead You Back||Taylor Dayne||Eliminated|
- Mikalah Gordon at American Idol
- Official Mikalah Gordon website
- Mikalah Gordon Vintage
- Mikalah Gordon at MySpace
- Mikalah Gordon's Official Music at MySpace