Carly Smithson

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Finalist (Season 7) on American Idol


Dublin, Ireland

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  • Carly Smithson, 25, is originally from Dublin, Ireland. She began singing at the age of about 3 and knew from a young age she wanted to be a singer. At the age of 14, she moved to the United States to pursue a career in music. She now resides in San Diego, CA, working at an Irish pub, and co-owning a tattoo parlour with her husband. She was also in the Top 24 on Season 7 of American Idol.

    Birth Name:

    Carly Sarah Hennessy



    Birth Place:

    Dublin, Ireland

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  • Quotes (21)

    • Carly: (on what she will do after "American Idol") I'm just ready to make a record and just enjoy life in general and I don't know ... go to the beach, do the things I used to do in my everyday life. I've craved all the simple things I used to do in life. I miss my pots and pans the most. I really do. I'm like a kitchen gadget nut. I miss my kitchen so much.

    • Carly: (on the significance of her tattoo that looks like Amy Winehosue) It's a geisha. It looks nothing like Amy Winehouse. It's just not colored in. It's actually been on my arm for two years before she even came out so when it's colored in you'll all understand. But it's so funny, even Andrew Lloyd Weber said, "Oh look you have Amy Winehouse on your arm."

    • Carly: (on if she thinks she'll have a future in Broadway) Maybe! I have to say every contestant had nothing but high, high words about that man. He was one of our most amazing mentors. Every one of our mentors taught us something different ... but Andrew Lloyd Webber took so much time with us and really cared about every song that we were doing and every choice that we made.

    • Carly: (on if she thought Simon was being too critical on her during "American Idol") I guess Simon just had a different idea in his mind. I'm not sure he really wanted me to be who I am. I don't think they liked the whole pop rock, Heart idea that I have about myself. I can't please everybody and he's only one person. He said that he truly believes in me and that he has high hopes for me. I think all of his criticism wasn't necessarily negative, he just really wanted me to do well, and I gave everything I could.

    • Carly: (on what she thought of a possible David - David finale) I have no idea. It's anyone's game. People have their favorites already. Castro could look into the camera and bat his eyelids and go into his amazing falsetto voice and Brooke could just melt someone's heart. Nobody saw Michael Johns going home. There could be another shocker. You never know what lies up the sleeves of 'American Idol.'

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    • Carly has created a band with Ben Moody called "We are the Fallen".

    • Carly stays grounded by just being herself.

    • Carly has an older half-brother, Nick and a younger sister, Shannon.

    • If Carly could have any superpower, she would like to hear what other people are thinking.

    • Carly was eliminated from the seventh season of American Idol on April 23, 2008, garnering 6th place.

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