I am a big fan of American Idol alum Melinda Doolittle. What is she up to these days?
—Sofia Williams, Shreveport, Miss.
Doolittle, 33, has been touring, working on a new album and channeling her inner root vegetable! The Tennessee-based singer, who claims sweet potatoes as her favorite garden food, plays singing sensation Cassie Cassava in VeggieTales: ‘Twas the Night Before Easter. Doolittle, who used to be a nanny and watched VeggieTales with her young charges, says she always wanted to be a character in the popular line of children’s videos with Biblical messages. So imagine her surprise when one day she opened her Facebook page and found an offer. “I screamed and I called my manager and said, ‘Oh, my God. They want me to be a Veggie.’ It was a dream-come-true moment.”