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American Idol judge Randy Jackson made the offhand prediction that "Curly hair will win this year." While on the show, Sparks gained a loyal fan base known as "Sparkplugs".On May 23, 2007, Sparks won the sixth season of American Idol.Her father is African-American with French and Cherokee roots and her mother has German, English, Scottish, and Norwegian ancestry.She grew up in the suburbs of Ridgewood, New Jersey, while her father played as a defensive back for the New York Giants.
Cowell said, "Jordin was the most improved over the whole season – didn't start the best, but midway through this was the girl who suddenly got momentum." He included that "Young girl, likeable, and the singer won over the entertainer [Lewis]." Four selected songs Sparks had performed on American Idol, including the season's coronation song, "This Is My Now", were made available on her self-titled EP, released on May 22, 2007, the day before the grand finale.
She performed in a tribute to Aretha Franklin at the NAACP Awards in February, as well.