Shontai Kinnik Sky Hingleton, known professionally as Kinnik Sky (born May 13th, 1977) was a contestant on Season 5 of American Idol.

Audition[edit | edit source]

Kinnik's audition was originally not televised, but a flashback revealed she auditioned in Greensboro. She sang "Inseparable" by Natalie Cole. Simon and at least one other judge voted "yes," sending her to the next round.

Hollywood Round[edit | edit source]

Kinnik was shown in a group called "Epiphany" with Tyra Juliette Schwartz, Celeste Scalone and Nicole Turk singing "It's In Her Kiss" by Betty Garrett. Everyone in her group advanced. Afterwards, at the judges' final deliberation, she advanced to the Top 24 instead of Megan Bobo.

Top 24[edit | edit source]

Kinnik sang "Get Here" by Brenda Russell. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 20[edit | edit source]

Kinnik sang "Here for the Party" by Gretchen Wilson. She had the third-lowest number of votes, but was declared as "safe".

Top 16[edit | edit source]

Kinnik sang "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys. She received the lowest number of votes amongst the girls and was eliminated.

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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