Thursday, May 16, 2013

Idol Winners of Mixed Heritage

Tonight, American Idol will crown a new winner. More than 40 countries have their own version of the competition.

Below are winners of Idol TV shows around the world. Each of them are of mixed-race descent and/or upbringing, a reminder that music exists in every culture.




Guy Sebastian - Australian Idol, 2003
White (Portuguese and English) and Sri Lankan


Taufik Batisah - Singapore Idol, 2004
Indian and Indonesian


Ben Lummis - NZ Idol, 2004
White (New Zealander), Maori, and Tongan


Melissa O'Neil - Canadian Idol, 2005
White (Canadian) and Chinese


Jorun Stiansen - Idol (Norway), 2005
Transracial adoptee: Colombian raised by Norwegian (White) parents


Eva Avila - Canadian Idol, 2006
White (French Canadian) and Peruvian


Mau Marcelo - Philippine Idol, 2006
Puerto Rican (White and Black) and Filipino


Matthew Saunoa - NZ Idol, 2006
White (English) and Samoan


Jordin Sparks - American Idol, 2007
Black (American) and White (American)


Mark Medlock - Deutschland sucht den Superstar (Germany), 2007
Black (American) and White (German)


Diandra Flores - Idols (Finland), 2012
White (Finnish) and Chilean


Sophie-Tith Charvet - Nouvelle Star (France), 2013
White (French) and Laotian


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