Vanessa Denae Olivarez (born February 3, 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American singer originally known as the first finalist to be eliminated on the second season of the television series American Idol.|
Olivarez eventually headed to Canada to pursue a music career. Her first single, a song called “The One” (with “I’m In Love With My Best Friend’s Ex” as a B-Side). The song reached #9 on Canada’s single charts. Although another of her songs, entitled ‘As Vain As You’, ended up on a “Girls Night Out 3” compilation, Olivarez did not release any albums in Canada. She did, however, get to star in the Toronto production of “Hairspray,” in the lead role of Tracy Turnblad, for which she gained critical acclaim.