NEW YORK – Former American Idol (search) contestant, Frenchie Davis is Broadway bound.
The 23-year old, plus-size singer with the outsized voice will appear as a regular in the Broadway production of the hit show Rent (search) starting May 16.
"We go all over the country to find the hottest talent, so Frenchie fits in exactly with the kind of people who are in Rent," says the show's producer, Jeffrey Sellers.
"The truth of it is, here's this young woman who's a college student in Washington D.C., who comes out of the exact same experience as many of the other cast members that we always get for Rent," Sellers says.
Davis will sing the popular "Seasons of Love" solo and play three or four small character roles in the Tony-Award-winning rock musical, loosely based on Puccini's classic opera, La Boheme.
Frenchie tried out for the show last winter shortly after she was booted off American Idol when she admitted to posing topless for a porn Web site. "All of the young people on out Rent team said 'Get Frenchie! Get Frenchie," Sellers said. "She was delighted to come back and meet with our music director, who [heard her sing] and was like, 'yes!' "
Davis started rehearsing for the show this past Monday and will debut next Friday.
Early during the most recent American Idol competition, full-figured Davis became the best-known competitor on the show and has drawn comparisons to Aretha Franklin.
American Idol producers booted the beloved Davis from the show last February after she admitted to posting for an Internet porn site that claims it displays pictures of underage girls.
Davis was over 18 when the pictures where taken -- and said she did it to help pay for her college tuition.
But under American Idol rules, contestants can be disqualified at any time at the producer's discretion.
Within days of her ouster, fans flooded Fox with angry e-mails and a petition to get her reinstated in the competition that was signed by more than 40,000 viewers.
She was given something of a second chance, when the talent management company owned by American Idol producers offered her a contract.
Davis could not be reached for comment yesterday.