Remember Mikalah Gordon, who finished 11th back on Season 4 of American Idol?
This weekend, she was in a competition of a different sort — The Miss California USA pageant.
The win on Sunday night went to Mabelynn Capeluj, Miss Greater San Diego.
“I might not have won tonight,” Mikalah messaged via Instagram, “but I definitely didn’t lose. It’s been an amazing journey. I proved to myself tonight that no one can tell me I can’t. I can and will be EVERYTHING.”
On her to-do list — making a debut album. On Facebook, she says she’s currently in the studio working on one.
“I’m calling it a mix of the late great Amy Winehouse and Grace Potter,” she writes.
Since Idol, Mikalah has worked as a co-host for “American Idol Extra,” as a field correspondent on “The Tyra Banks Show” and appeared on the CMT show “Gone Country.”
Oh, and today (Jan. 14) marks Mikalah’s 25th birthday; she was 17 when she appeared on Idol.
Here’s her Miss California USA intro video.