Recaps and Scoreboard by Jillian Kuras
Additional Commentary by Alisa
Additional Commentary by Jacob D.
Additional Commentary by Natalie Davis
Additional Commentary by Jewels Richardson
Additional Commentary & Reports by Ron Lemon
Predictions by the RTVC Staff
The Top 12 Female Finalists
Paris Bennett, a 17-year-old from Fayetteville, GA
Paris began singing at the age of 4. She has performed in numerous concerts and has opened for many groups, including Bow Wow.
Paris is a skilled dancer in hip-hop, jazz and modern African dance.
Ayla Brown, a 17-year-old from Wrentham, MA
Ayla is currently a senior at Noble & Greenough High School. She is captain of her basketball team and has scored over 2,200 points.
Ayla will be attending Boston College in the fall on a full basketball scholarship. She got her start in the world of music while singing
along to Disney movies at the age of 6.
Heather Cox, a 22-year-old from Jonesville, NC
Heather currently lives in her hometown of Jonesville, NC, and recently graduated from Surry Community College with an accounting
Brenna Gethers, a 25-year-old from Mt. Vernon, NY (Auditioned in Boston)
Born in the Bronx and raised in Mt. Vernon, NY, Brenna began singing at the tender age of 3. Brenna holds a black belt in Shotokan
karate and is an avid Scrabble competitor.
Mandisa Hundley, a 29-year-old from Antioch, TN (Auditioned in Chicago)
Born and raised in Citrus Heights, CA, Mandisa moved to Nashville to study singing at Fisk University. She has performed with such
artists as Shania Twain, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill and Charlie Daniels.
Kinnik Sky, a 28-year-old from Duluth, GA (Auditioned in Greensboro)
Born and raised in Columbia, SC, Kinnik began singing at the age of 4, and considers her singing style "old school soul." For the past
eight years, she has been living in Duluth, GA, where she works as a professional actress at various theaters.
Melissa McGhee, a 21-year-old from Tampa, FL (Auditioned in Denver)
Melissa was born and raised in Tampa. At the young age of 4 Melissa embarked on her performing career. A true romantic, Melissa
enjoys singing, dancing and going to the beach in her free time.
Katharine McPhee, a 21-year-old from Sherman Oaks, CA (Auditioned in San Francisco)
Katharine was born and raised in Los Angeles. She was exposed at an early age to the joy of singing by her mother, a vocal coach.
After high school, Katharine attended the prestigious Boston Conservatory for one semester and majored in musical theater.
Becky O'Donohue, a 25-year-old from Dobbs Ferry, NY (Auditioned in Boston)
Becky began singing at the age of 4. Becky attended Niagara University on a full scholarship and received her B.A. in Communications. Singing isn't her only talent. Becky played Division I basketball for Niagara University. Currently, she is working for an entertainment company and as a waitress in City Island.
Kellie Pickler, a 19-year-old from Albemarle, NC
Kellie is a waitress who currently lives in Albemarle, NC, and enjoys singing, dancing and shopping for shoes. Kellie has been singing
for as long as she can remember, but only began performing for crowds four years ago.
Stevie Scott, a 19-year-old from Fair Oaks, CA
Stevie is currently a freshman at California State University, Sacramento, studying music. She is from a musical family, began
performing at 10, and by the age of 15, began a recording career. A versatile musician who plays the guitar and piano, Stevie enjoys
performing everything from R&B to opera.
Lisa Tucker, a 16-year-old from Anaheim, CA (Auditioned in Denver)
Lisa is currently a senior at Kennedy High School. She was the original "Young Nala" in Disney's Los Angeles production of "The Lion
King" and was voted by Variety as one of the "Top Ten Talents to Watch." Lisa also plays the guitar and piano and is a songwriter.
The Top 12 Male Finalists
Bobby Bennett, a 19-year-old from Denver, CO
Bobby has been singing from the age of 7. He dreams of becoming a performer so he can make people forget about their troubles for a little while. Before making the Final 24, Bobby worked at Target.
Kevin Covais, a 16-year-old from Levittown, NY
Kevin is a junior at Island Trees High School in Levittown, NY. He has been performing since he was 10 years old and has appeared in productions such as "Guys and Dolls" and "Godspell." Kevin also is a member of the Chorale in the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and the Nassau/Suffolk Jazz ensemble.
Bucky Covington, a 28-year-old from Rockingham, NC
Bucky lives in his hometown of Rockingham, NC. At the age of 19, he picked up a guitar for the first time and soon after joined his first band. About two years ago, Bucky switched to a country/beach/rock band and realized that his talent crosses many types of music.
Chris Daughtry, a 26-year-old from McLeansville, NC
Chris discovered his singing ability in algebra class. A gifted guitar player and songwriter, Chris has already recorded a CD with his band Absent Element. For the past three years, Chris has been a service advisor for a car dealership in Greensboro, NC. In 2000, Chris married his wife Deanna and became a stepfather of two.
Patrick Hall, a 27-year-old from Gravette, AR
Patrick was born in a small town in Arkansas and began singing in church at age 4. Since then he has been pursuing his singing career while also working as a real estate manager. In 2005, Patrick married his longtime friend Laura, and they currently live with their two cats and a puppy.
Taylor Hicks, a 29-year-old from Birmingham, AL
Taylor is a blue-eyed soul singer who has played every honky-tonk imaginable. A talented writer and harmonica player, Taylor enters the competition with almost 29 years of singing experience, as he has been singing since he could crawl.
Will Makar, a 16-year-old from The Woodlands, TX
Will was born and raised in The Woodlands, TX. Will is currently a sophomore at The Woodlands College Park High School. He discovered his talent after his two sisters made him sing "Bare Necessities" for their friends. In 1999 and 2002, Will sang with the Houston Children's Chorus for President Clinton and President Bush, respectively. People would be surprised to know that Will can impersonate Chewbacca from "Star Wars."
Gedeon McKinney, a 17-year-old from Memphis, TN
Gedeon hails from a family of seven children (four boys and three girls). Too young to join the choir, Gedeon sang on the steps of a church for his first standing ovation. He is a senior at The Yo! Memphis Academy of Visual and Performing Arts.
Jose "Sway" Penala, a 28-year-old from South San Francisco
Sway enters the competition making his own music. Before joining IDOL, he was a member of the 6th Day singing group. Jose spends his days working in real estate and his nights entertaining crowds through song.
David Radford, a 17-year-old from Crystal Lake, IL
David is currently a senior at Crystal Lake Central High School. He has been singing "his way" since he can remember. As a child, whenever there was a spotlight, David somehow found a way to its center. In addition to singing, David plays the trumpet as well as a mean game of Ping-Pong.
Elliott Yamin, a 27-year-old from Richmond, VA
Elliott began singing at the ripe age of 5. His mother, who was a professional singer, is his inspiration and biggest fan. For Elliott, being on AMERICAN IDOL has allowed him to pursue his dream of singing professionally.
Ace Young, a 25-year-old from Los Angeles, CA
Ace is the youngest of five brothers. Ace grew up in Boulder, CO, and began his singing career at age 9. He started performing at 11 in local malls and recreation centers. Ace lives in Los Angeles and works in sales and home remodeling.
What FOX is saying about season 5:
"AMERICAN IDOL" BEGINS JANUARY 17 AND 18 ON FOX
Top 24 Singers Revealed on Wednesday, February 15
Top Male Singers Perform on Tuesday, February 21
Top Female Singers Perform on Wednesday, February 22
First LIVE Results Show on Thursday, February 23
Top 12 Finalists Perform Together for the First Time on Tuesday, March 14
Just when you thought you've seen everything, AMERICAN IDOL, the No. 1 show of last season, returns with outrageous new auditions and unbelievable talent. The search for the next singing superstar began last summer, as AMERICAN IDOL held auditions in San Francisco, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Denver and Greensboro. Find out who makes it to Hollywood and who is sent home as season five of AMERICAN IDOL premieres Tuesday, Jan. 17 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Wednesday, Jan. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Episodes featuring the audition cities will air on four consecutive Tuesdays: Jan. 17 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), Jan. 24 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), Jan. 31 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Feb. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT); and three Wednesdays: Jan. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Feb. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).
Those who get past the judges move on to the Hollywood Round, which will air on Wednesday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 14 and 15 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Top 24 semifinalists – 12 males and 12 females – will be announced.
Then it will be up to America to decide who stays in the competition. The first performance show featuring the Top 12 male singers will air Tuesday, Feb. 21 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The following night, Wednesday, Feb. 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the Top 12 female singers will perform. A LIVE results show revealing America's vote will air Thursday, Feb. 23 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), when the two male and two female performers with the fewest votes will be sent home.
For the next two weeks, the males will perform on Tuesdays, the females on Wednesdays and the LIVE results show will air on Thursday nights. Thus, the Top 10 male singers will perform on Tuesday, Feb. 28 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and the Top 8 male singers on Tuesday, March 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The Top 10 female singers will perform on Wednesday, March 1 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and the Top 8 female singers battle it out on Wednesday, March 8 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Four contestants, two males and two females, will be eliminated from the competition on the LIVE results shows airing Thursday, March 2 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, March 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The Top 12 Finalists will be revealed on Thursday, March 9.
The competition heats up as the Top 12 Finalists take the stage for the first time together on Tuesday, March 14 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). One contestant's journey will end as America's vote is revealed on Wednesday, March 15 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT).
Fourteen-time Emmy-nominated AMERICAN IDOL is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; Nigel Lythgoe, President, 19 Television; and Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.
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