Photo Flash: Jordin Sparks Guest Hosts NBC's Fourth Hour of TODAY

American Idol's Jordin Sparks sat in as guest co-host with Hoda Kotb on the fourth hour of NBC's TODAY this morning while host Kathie Lee Gifford had the day off.  

During NBC's fourth hour of TODAY, Kathie Lee and Hoda discuss the headlines and hot stories of the day giving their original and often hysterical perspectives. Throughout the show, the hosts use Facebook and Twitter to interact live with their fans and get immediate reactions and suggestions. The program is a go-to destination for celebrity guests and musical acts, as well as today's newsmakers, authors, designers and chefs.

Jordin Sparks will be starring in the upcoming film 'Sparkle' coming to theaters on August 24th from Sony Pictures. The drama is directed by Salim Akil and written by Mara Brock Akil. It stars Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick and Cee-Lo Green.

SPARKLE tells the story of the title character; Sparkle, (Jordin Sparks) the youngest of three sisters and a music prodigy who struggles to becomes a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. Sparkle is from an affluent Detroit area, naive to the unexpected experiences her new life will bring as she and her two sisters blossom into a dynamic singing group during the Motown-era. Whitney Houston will play the trio's mother (Emma).

Sparks won FOX's American Idol at just 17 years old, and followed up with over 9 million singles sold to date. In 2010 she made her Broadway debut as Nina in IN THE HEIGHTS. 'Sparkle' will mark her silver screen debut.

View photos of Jordin Sparks appearance on TODAY below!

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