AI rules are that you don't have to be an amateur, only currently unsigned. Jordin wouldn't be the first AI contestant to have an album previously... so did Taylor Hicks and more than a few others. Taylor, IIRC, was earning his living from playing bars & clubs as well, which wouldn't make him an amateur. I have to agree with Simon that I found her a bit sugary. My favorite so far have been the Indian brother & sister, Shyamalee & Sanjaya. If they could only fuse Shyamalee's personality to Sanjaya's voice, the resulting performer would be pretty hard to beat.