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Efraym Elliott Yamin (born July 20th, 1978) was a contestant on Season 5 of American Idol.

Audition[]

Elliott's audition was not originally televised, but American Idol Rewind revealed he auditioned in Boston. He sang "A Song for You" by Leon Russell. All three judges voted "yes," sending him to the next round

Hollywood Round[]

Elliott was shown in a group with called "The Idol-Phonics" with Terrell Brittenum, Jose "Sway" Penala and Anthony Hansen singing "It's In Her Kiss" by Betty Everett. Afterwards, he made the judges' final forty-four and at the final deliberation, they told him he made the Top 24.

Top 24[]

Elliott sang "If You Really Love Me" by Stevie Wonder. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 20[]

Elliott sang "Moody's Mood for Love" by James Moody. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 16[]

Elliott sang "Heaven" by Bryan Adams. He received enough votes to become a Top 12 finalist.

Top 12[]

Elliott sang "Knocks Me Off My Feet" by Stevie Wonder. He received enough votes to be "safe" for another week.

Top 11[]

Elliott sang "Teach Me Tonight" by The DeCastro Sisters. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 10[]

Elliott sang "I Don't Want to Be" by Gavin DeGraw. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 9[]

Elliott sang "If Tomorrow Never Comes" by Garth Brooks. He was placed in the Bottom 2 for that week.

Top 8[]

Elliott sang "Somebody to Love" by Queen. He was placed in the Bottom 3 for that week.

Top 7[]

Elliott sang "It Had To Be You" by Sam Lamin and His Orchestra. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 6[]

Elliott sang "A Song for You" by Leon Russell. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 5[]

Elliott sang "On Broadway" by The Crystals and "Home" by Michael Buble. He was placed in the Bottom 2 for that week.

Top 4[]

Elliott sang "If I Can Dream" and "Trouble" by Elvis Presley. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 3[]

Elliott sang "Open Arms" by Journey (as chosen by Clive Davis), "What You Won't Do for Love" by Bobby Campbell (as chosen by Paula Abdul) and "I Believe to My Soul" by Ray Charles. He received the lowest number of votes that week, eliminating him from the competition.

Trivia[]

  • During the Top 3, it was revealed that he had gotten 33.06% of the votes, compared to 33.26% and 33.68% for the other two contestants. As to who got what percentage was not revealed.
  • He was born on the exact same day as Chris Sligh.
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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