Armed with raw talent and rock-and-roll swagger, Bo Bice changed the way contestants looked and sounded on "American Idol" (Fox, 2002-16), as well as paved the way for non-pop artists to compete on the hit show. Harold Elwin Bice III was born on Nov. 1, 1975 in Helena, AL and reportedly received the nickname "Bo" after his grandmother thought the newborn resembled actor Humphrey Bogart. Bice grew up with his mother, a gospel singer who exposed him to music at an early age, after she remarried and moved the family to England when he was 14. The future star dropped out of high school in 1993 and moved back to Alabama to pursue a career as a singer and songwriter. Bice released his first album in 1995 with the band Purge and opened for several bands on tour, including Warrant and Blackfoot. For its fourth season, producers of the hit reality competition series "American Idol" raised the age limit for auditions to 28 years old. Upon the encouragement of his family, Bice tried out for the show that summer and landed in the season's Top 12 finalists. As one of the oldest contestants to ever appear on the show, Bice competed against fellow rocker Constantine Maroulis, R&B singer Vonzell Solomon, and an Oklahoma-born country sweetheart named Carrie Underwood.