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Carly Sarah Smithson, née Hennessy; (born September 12th, 1983) was a contestant on Season 5 and Season 7 of American Idol.

Season 5 Audition

Carly auditioned in Las Vegas. All three judges voted "yes", sending her to the next round.

A few days after her audition, she received a phone call saying that she was disqualified from the competition because her Visa did not clear in time.

Season 7 Audition

Carly auditioned in San Diego. She sang "I'm Every Woman" by Whitney Houston. All three judges voted "yes", sending her to the next round.

Hollywood Round

Carly was featured during the second day of Hollywood Round. All three judges voted "yes", giving her a free ride to the final day of Hollywood Week. On the fourth day, she sang "Alone" by Heart. All three judges voted "yes", sending her through to the final fifty. During the final deliberation, it was revealed that she had made it to the Top 24.

Top 24

Carly sang "The Shadow of Your Smile" by Tony Bennett. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 20

Carly sang "Crazy on You" by Heart. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 16

Carly sang "I Drove All Night" by Cyndi Lauper. She received enough votes to become a Top 12 finalist.

Top 12

Carly sang "Come Together" by The Beatles. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 11

Carly sang "Blackbird" by The Beatles. She was placed in the Bottom 3 for that week.

Top 10

Carly sang "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 9

Carly sang "Here You Come Again" by Dolly Parton. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 8

Carly sang "The Show Must Go On" by Queen. She was placed in the Bottom 3 for that week.

Top 7

Carly sang "Without You" by Badfinger. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 6

Carly sang "Superstar" by Murray Head from Jesus Christ Superstar. She received the lowest number of votes for that week, eliminating her from the competition.

Trivia

  • Carly is originally from Ireland.
Season 7
Finalists
David Cook · David Archuleta · Syesha Mercado  · Jason Castro · Brooke White · Carly Smithson · Kristy Lee Cook · Michael Johns · Ramiele Malubay · Chikezie · Amanda Overmyer · David Hernandez
Finalists
Danny Noriega · Asia'h Epperson · Luke Menard · Kady Malloy · Robbie Carrico · Alaina Whitaker · Alexandréa Lushington · Jason Yeager · Colton Berry · Joanne Borgella · Amy Davis · Garrett Haley
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