Carmen Rasmusen Biography:
Carmen Rasmusen was born on March 25, 1985 in Edmonton, Alberta. She is half-Canadian, half-American and is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a student at the Brigham Young University for a year, but was under 18 years old when she auditioned for season 2 of American Idol. She started her vocal training when she was 13 and has performed in several school productions, choir and county and state fairs. She likes to listen to pop/rock music and her favorite artists are Justin Timberlake and Avril Lavigne. Her favorite judge on the show is Simon. Aside from singing, Carmen is also a talented guitar and piano player.
Carmen auditioned for season 2 of American Idol in Los Angeles and being under 18 required her to have an on-set tutor and her mother to stay in the American Idol house. She reached the Top 100, but was eventually cut out. However, Simon decided to give Carmen a second chance when he chose her as his wildcard entry. For the first week of the finals, Carmen sang "You Can't Hurry Love" by the Supremes, and her performance was good enough to bring her to the following round. For the next couple of weeks, she would continue to hold America's votes with her renditions of "Hopelessly Devored to You," and "Wild Angels." However, when they came to Disco week, Carmen slid down to the Bottom 2 and from then did not bring on such a tough competition for the others. She was finally voted off after her performance for Dianne Warren's music week, making her the seventh contestant eliminated.
Since appearing on the show, Carmen has gone on to make two albums, Carmen EP, which was released in November 23, 2004 and Somewhere, which is set to be released in 2007. She has also appeared in NBC's Fear Factor, where she was paired with American Idol season 4 Finalist, Anthony Federov
. In 2005, she tied the knot with Bradley Herbert.