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'Idol' Top 40 Contestant

What's in a Name?

1/16/2011 10:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned one of the Top 40 "American Idol" contestants shares a name with a legendary R&B singer and works in the bar where one of the biggest names in country music was discovered.



Jackie Wilson -- whose namesake was a popular R&B singer of the 50s and 60s who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 -- works as a waitress at the Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar in Nashville, TN.

Wilson performs often at the bar -- every Saturday night, according to their website -- and it's the same bar where country star Gretchen Wilson was discovered.

Sounds like a recipe for success to us.

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Googie    

Can't tell by this video clip, but she sounds good. But since I can't stand Jennifer Lopez, I won't be watching American Idol to judge for myself how good Wilson is.

1191 days ago
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smb    

Yeck re: this girl.

As for Idol, I love the new line-up, and look forward to a new season.

1191 days ago
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Truth    

SINGS BETTER THAN J HO.. NOT TOO SHABBY, NERVOUS AND SHY. AFFECTS HER PERFORMANCE. THE SWAYING BACK AND FORTH IS MAKING ME NAUSEOUS. MAYBE IF THE BIATCH LOST 40 LBS SHE COULD STAND STILL A BIT. JUST SAYIN..

1191 days ago
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Johnny    

First of all she cannot sing. Second Stop the bloody swaying you made me sea sick. Third loose some weight.

1191 days ago
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1191 days ago
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Mark    

Wow, what's the name of this song?

1191 days ago
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Lora McCoy    

She has a decent voice. What I want to know is...Why the hell do people care how much she weighs?! First of all he doesn't look very big, and if she was, how would that affect how she sounds! Secondly, I have never heard anyone say Aretha Franklin would sound better if she lost weight! Why is it that white girls have to be toothpicks, and black girls/women can look like real people!?

1191 days ago
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James    

Good voice. Phyiscal appearances and mannerisms are changed with professional coaching. I think we will hear more from her in the future. Stop bashing people because of shallow ideals of personal appearance in USA.

1191 days ago
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Vicky    

I think she sounded good but we'll have to wait and see how she sounds with other songs. HOWEVER, the swaying back and forth is a habit she needs to lose. Terrible and distracting. It really does bother me watching the video....I have vertigo and watching home movies with too much movement makes me nauseous. So did her moving like that. I had to stop watching.

1191 days ago
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Misery    

Nothing wrong with being a waitress. It's an honest living. It's more honest than being a tabloid journalist. So they had the same name Wilson. Big deal. And what's in a name really? Russell Peters' real name is Russell Peters. That don't change the fact that he's East Indian-- or that he's ugly.

1190 days ago
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frankiestage    

Something tells me she's gonna have trouble remembering lyrics.

1190 days ago
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JoeP    

She's a fat white girl, which is every black man's dream come true so what's the problem. You saw how the host was looking at her, like "My God you are the most beautiful thing my black eyes have every seen."

1190 days ago
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JoeP    

I meant to say "ever" seen.

1190 days ago
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Wendy    

It bugs me that she had to bring the paper up with lyrics on it. If she wants to be a professional she may want to memorize the words! Just sayin.

1190 days ago
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Lisa    

I would just want to know what the hell is that girl Ashley from Springfield, Ma doing in here. She sucks so bad. We need Simon back he would have NEVER let her through to Hollywood. She is worst then William Hung or even Keith from season 1. I am from Springfield as well and everyone here makes fun of her and wonders what she is still doing here.

1156 days ago
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