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Gedeon L. McKinney (born October 1st, 1988) was a contestant on Season 5 of American Idol.


Gedeon's audition was not televised.

Hollywood Round[]

Gedeon's stay in Hollywood was not shown much, but at his final solo performance he sang "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green. At the judges' final deliberation, they told him he did enough to make the Top 24.

Top 24[]

Gedeon sang "Shout" by The Isley Brothers. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 20[]

Gedeon sang "A Change is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 16[]

Gedeon sang "When a Man Loves a Woman" by Percy Sledge. He received the second-lowest number of votes among the guys for that week, eliminating him from the competition.


  • Gedeon's younger sister, Evvie McKinney, won the first season of The Four: Battle for Stardom.
Season 5
Taylor Hicks  · Katharine McPhee  · Elliott Yamin  · Chris Daughtry  · Paris Bennett  · Kellie Pickler  · Ace Young  · Bucky Covington  · Mandisa  · Lisa Tucker  · Kevin Covais  · Melissa McGhee
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