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She has since been invited back to the show to perform twice (seasons 3 and 7).
Locke went on to sign a record deal with Curb Records on September 6, 2003.
She gained fame with her participation in the 2003 American Idol television series, and in 2007 garnered media attention for her participation in Celebrity Fit Club.
Locke was born to Donald and Christine Locke, respectively a truck driver and a clothing warehouse worker for the Gap/Old Navy distribution center in Gallatin, Tennessee.
Her debut album, One Love, was released May 4, 2004.
Debut single "8th World Wonder" reached the top half of the Billboard Hot 100 and was successful on other charts, and even entered the UK chart with little promotion.
She finished third, behind runner up Clay Aiken and eventual champion Ruben Studdard.
Simon Cowell at first criticized Locke as lacking in personality; by the final three however, he declared her, Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard to be as worthy winners as any.
Locke successfully passed through to the next round, and in December was chosen to perform on the show.The group later appeared on Locke's 2007 Based On A True Story album, singing backup on Everyday Angels.Locke went to Gallatin High School, where she was one of sixteen members to participate in its performing group.“Clay and I aren’t really friends anymore,” she told Access Hollywood Tuesday at rehearsal.“We lived together, but some things transpired and, you know, we’re just — I don’t really talk to Clay anymore.