JORDIN SPARKS: ADVICE FOR YOUNGER "IDOL" CONTESTANTS
WASHINGTON (AP) -- She's only in her 20s. But Jordin Sparks might come across like someone's grandma with her advice to younger contestants on "American Idol." She was 17 when she won it all on the show. But since then, the age requirement has been dropped to 15. Sparks thinks that may be too young for some of them. She says any 15 year old who tries to get on "Idol" should get a mental screening -- because of all the pressure they'd be under. Sparks thinks some younger artists may crack under the stress, especially if they are told "no" by the judges. She says no 15-year-old should "freak out" over rejection that early in life.
A new season of "American Idol" gets under way tonight.