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The fifth season of American Idol aired from January 17th, 2006 to May 24th, 2006.


Auditions were held in Chicago, Denver, Greensboro, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Austin and Boston. A grand total of 175 contestants advanced from the auditions.

Hollywood Round[]

Like in previous years, Hollywood Round starts with half of the contestants singing individually with musical accompaniment and after a group of eight have performed a cut will be made, while the other half sightsee and perform the next day. After both groups performed, 99 contestants remained. Then the contestants formed into groups and had to choreograph a routine overnight. Following that, another solo a capella round with no feedback from the judges then a cut. After the remaining contestants are placed into four holding rooms, three rooms advance, leaving 44 contestants.

Top 24[]

Top 12[]


Note: Bottom 2 indicates that the contestant was 'saved' last. This may or may not indicate his or her actual vote rank.

Male Female Top 24 Top 12 Winner
Safe Top 2 Safe First Safe Last Eliminated
Stage: Semifinals Finals
Week: 2/23 3/2 3/9 3/15 3/22 3/29 4/5 4/12 4/19 4/26 5/3 5/10 5/17 5/24
Place Contestant Result
1 Taylor Hicks Winner
2 Katharine McPhee Bottom 2 Top 2 Bottom 2 Runner-Up
3 Elliott Yamin Bottom 2 Bottom 3 Bottom 2 Elim
4 Chris Daughtry Bottom 2 Top 2 Elim
5 Paris Bennett Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Bottom 2 Elim
6 Kellie Pickler Elim
7 Ace Young Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Elim
8 Bucky Covington Bottom 2 Elim
9 Mandisa Elim
10 Lisa Tucker Bottom 2 Bottom 3 Elim
11 Kevin Covais Bottom 3 Elim
12 Melissa McGhee Elim
13–16 Gedeon McKinney Elim
Ayla Brown
Will Makar
Kinnik Sky Bottom 3
17–20 José "Sway" Penala Elim
David Radford
Heather Cox
Brenna Gethers
21–24 Patrick Hall Elim
Stevie Scott
Bobby Bennett
Becky O'Donohue