Huff, 22, is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana; he is currently a student at the University of Oklahoma. Huff auditioned for the third season of American Idol in Houston, Texas; he was a member of the fourth group of semifinalists. He was actually not among those originally chosen for the semifinal round, but was put through when contestant Donnie Williams was disqualified for a drunk driving arrest.
Huff was not voted through to the final round from his group of semifinalists, but got another second chance when he was brought back for the wildcard round and put through as a finalist by contest judge Simon Cowell.
On May 4th, Big Band Night, Huff and the other four finalists performed two songs apiece. Huff sang Fred Astaire's "Cheek to Cheek" and Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World." Randy Jackson said, "You picked two great songs. It was really good, but it was very safe. It was a'ight...it was a'ight." Paula Abdul said it was "truly enchanting" and "charming as hell". Simon Cowell said, "You could go on any cruise liner and hear what we heard tonight."
On May 5th, 2004, the bottom two contestants were Jasmine Trias and Huff. When Huff was announced as the loser, he grinned and congratulated Trias.