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Christopher Adam "Chris" Daughtry (born December 26th, 1979) was a contestant on Season 5 of American Idol.

Audition[]

Chris auditioned in Denver. He sang "The Letter" by The Box Tops. Although Simon voted "no", Randy and Paula voted "yes", sending him to the next round.

Hollywood Round[]

Chris was shown in the first part of Hollywood Week singing "The First Cut is the Deepest" by Sheryl Crow. He was also shown in group with Ace Young and Bobby Bullard. Other than that, he was not shown much, but during the judges' final deliberation, they told him he did enough to make the Top 24.

Top 24[]

Chris sang "Wanted, Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 20[]

Chris sang "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" by Fuel. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 16[]

Chris sang "Broken" by Seether. He received enough votes to become a Top 12 finalist.

Top 12[]

Chris sang "Higher Ground" by Stevie Wonder. He received enough votes to be "safe" for another week.

Top 11[]

Chris sang "I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 10[]

Chris sang "What If" by Creed. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 9[]

Chris sang "Making Memories of Us" by Keith Urban. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 8[]

Chris sang "Innuendo" by Queen. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 7[]

Chris sang "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong. He was placed in the Bottom 2 for that week.

Top 6[]

Chris sang "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" by Bryan Adams. He was among the Top 2 highest vote-getters for that week.

Top 5[]

Chris sang "Renegade" by Styx and "I Dare You" by Shinedown. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 4[]

Chris sang "Suspicious Minds" and "A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis Presley. He received the lowest number of votes that week, eliminating him from the competition.

After the Show[]

Chris achieved success with his band Daughtry. His self-titled debut album became the fasting-selling debut rock album in Soundscan history and two of the album's songs, "It's Not Over" and "Home" received Grammy Award nominations. He joins Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken and Scotty McCreery as the only Idol contestants to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 200. To date, Daughtry has sold over 8 million albums and over 22.6 million digital tracks in the United States.

He served as a mentor during Rush Week of Season 13 of American Idol alongside Adam Lambert.

Daughtry appeared on the second American season of The Masked Singer in disguise as the Rottweiler. He finished in second place behind Wayne Brady disguised as the Fox.

Trivia[]

  • His elimination was considered a big shock by fans and along with Jennifer Hudson are considered the most shocking eliminations ever on American Idol.
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
 ·Ayla Brown ·Will Makar ·Gedeon McKinney ·Kinnik Sky ·Heather Cox ·Brenna Gethers ·José 'Sway' Peñala ·David Radford ·Bobby Bennett ·Patrick Hall ·Becky O'Donohue ·Stevie Scott
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