'American Idol' Singer Loses 100 Pounds After Simon Cowell Remark. Good Morning America
When Mandisa Hundley auditioned for "American Idol" in 2006 she thought it would be her chance to make it big in music.
Instead, the opportunity turned into heartbreak, thanks to a comment from then-judge Simon Cowell.
As Hundley, 35, stood before the judges, Cowell, known for his often brutal appraisals of contestants, commented not on Hundley's soulful sound, but her size.
"Do we have a bigger stage this year?" he said.
"It was just hurtful and mean and the one thing I didn't want to have happen," Hundley said.
The gospel singer, who told Cowell on that show that she forgave him, also took Cowell's words to heart and changed her life.
Mandisa Hundley Performs 'Good Morning' Live. Good Morning America
The "American Idol" star plays a song from her latest album, "What If We Were Real."