Ayla Marie Brown (born July 28th, 1988) was a contestant on Season 5 of American Idol.

Audition[edit | edit source]

Ayla auditioned in Boston. She sang "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Although Simon voted "no", Randy and Paula voted "yes", sending her to the next round.

Hollywood Round[edit | edit source]

Her stay in Hollywood was not shown much, but she did make the final forty-four and sang "Reflection" by Christina Aguilera for her final solo performance. The judges told her during the final deliberation that she made the Top 24.

Top 24[edit | edit source]

Ayla sang "Reflection" by Christina Aguilera. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 20[edit | edit source]

Ayla sang "I Want You to Need Me" by Celine Dion. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 16[edit | edit source]

Ayla sang "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield. She received the second-lowest number of votes for that week among the girls and was eliminated.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • As well as singing, Ayla played basketball for the Boston College Lady Eagles from 2006 to 2010.
Season 5
Finalists
Taylor Hicks  · Katharine McPhee  · Elliott Yamin  · Chris Daughtry  · Paris Bennett  · Kellie Pickler  · Ace Young  · Bucky Covington  · Mandisa  · Lisa Tucker  · Kevin Covais  · Melissa McGhee
Semifinalists
Gedeon McKinney  · Ayla Brown  · Will Makar  · Kinnik Sky  · Jose "Sway" Penala  · David Radford  · Heather Cox  · Brenna Gethers  · Patrick Hall  · Stevie Scott  · Bobby Bennett  · Becky O'Donohue
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