The auditions for Season 5 of American Idol aired from January 17th, 2006 to February 7th, 2006. They originally took place between August 25th, 2005 to October 27th, 2005.

Chicago Auditions[edit | edit source]

Successful[edit | edit source]

Name Contestant # Age Hometown Judges' Votes
Derrell Brittenum 7958 27 Memphis, TN Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: Check.png

Terrell Brittenum 7959 27 Memphis, TN Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: Check.png

Gina Glocksen 1277 21 Naperville, IL Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: Check.png

Mandisa Hundley 6369 28 Antioch, TN Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: Check.png

Brooke Barrettsmith 9719 23 Spring Grove, IL Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: X.png

Leah Barrettsmith 9720 19 Spring Grove, IL Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: X.png

Zachary Smits 1590 17 Hudson, WI Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: Unknown

David Radford 2436 17 Crystal Lake, IL Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: Check.png

Joshua Simmons 4706 16 Inkster, MI Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: Unknown

Jarrett Simmons 4745 16 Inkster, MI Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: Unknown

David Hoover 2109 28 Wexford, PA Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: X.png

Unsuccessful[edit | edit source]

Name Contestant # Age Hometown Judges' Votes
Derek Dupree 2061 25 Chicago, IL Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Katrina Yaukey 1231 28 New York, NY Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Justin Sticht 2892 26 Burnsville, MN Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Gina Noriega 21 Chicago, IL Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Kevin Brenneman 2728 21 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Charles Berry 313 23 Darby, PA Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Amanda Rabideau 2951 25 Hoffman Estates, IL Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Brandon Groves 2292 25 Wheeling, WV Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Christine Davis 1212 17 St. Peters, Missouri Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Blake Boshnack 1452 20 Hewlett Neck, NY Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Erik Lawhon 2736 18 Maitland, MO Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Yvette Gomez 1220 27 Hayward, CA Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Jessica Nelson 18 Peotone, IL Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Crystal Parizanski 4358 16 Palatine, IL Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Stuart Benyamin 3935 27 Park Ridge, IL Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Yuliya Matus 3421 24 Naperville, IL Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

34 contestants received Golden Tickets in Chicago.

Denver Auditions[edit | edit source]

Successful[edit | edit source]

Name Contestant # Age Hometown Judges' Votes
Lisa Tucker 36047 16 Anaheim, CA Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: Check.png

Brett "Ace" Young 36456 24 Los Angeles, CA Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: Check.png

Rochelle Elaine Dye 37453 25 Kansas City, KS Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: Check.png

Chris Daughtry 36483 25 McLeansville, NC Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: X.png

Heather Cox 36338 21 Jonesville, NC Randy:  Unknown

Paula:  Unknown

Simon: Unknown

Garet Johnson 39702 18 Veteran, WY Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: Check.png

April Walsh 37870 27 Laguna Niguel, CA Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: X.png

Unsuccessful[edit | edit source]

Name Contestant # Age Hometown Judges' Votes
Marlows Davis Jr. 39391 16 Denver, CO Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Tiffany Christensen 35604 25 Clinton, UT Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Olivia Dudley 20 Arvada, CO Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

David Horning 34894 27 Colorado Springs, CO Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Amanda Berg 39181 17 Northglenn, CO Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Angela Garcia 36242 25 Hobbs, NM Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Erik Mena 35811 23 Monterey Park, CA Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Nick McCord 37614 25 Athens, GA Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Ben Hausbach 39705 24 Pompano Beach, FL Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Zachary Travis 37022 18 Denver, CO Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

A grand total of 37 singers received Golden Tickets in Denver.

Greensboro Auditions[edit | edit source]

Successful[edit | edit source]

Name Contestant # Age Hometown Judges' Votes
Kellie Pickler 61615 19 Albemarle, NC Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: Check.png

Steven David, Jr. 60531 28 Dalzell, SC Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: Check.png

Halicia Thompson 60178 27 Eden, NC Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: Check.png

Kendra Winston 60208 24 Greensboro, NC Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: X.png

Kenneth "Chase" Bush 61556 20 Richmond, KY Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: X.png

Jeffrey "Ryan" Baysden 60347 27 Salter Path, NC Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: Check.png

Paris Bennett 60377 17 Fayetteville, GA Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: Check.png

Tyra Juliette Schwartz 63595 24 New York, NY Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: Check.png

Jordan Southerland 65975 24 Beulaville, NC Randy:  X.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: Check.png

Unsuccessful[edit | edit source]

Name Contestant # Age Hometown Judges' Votes
Sabrina Oakley 60731 26 Greensboro, NC Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Cachet Robinson 61871 25 Fayetteville, NC Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Amanda McManaway 28 High Point, NC Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Shawn De Salazar 61172 17 Davie, FL Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Richard Garland 61769 25 Mooresboro, NC Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Ronda Jones 60123 21 Greensboro, NC Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: Check.png

Donny Meacham 60522 19 Alpharetta, GA Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Chonna Clepper 63506 20 Quinlan, TX Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Eric Keaton 17 Stoneville, NC Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Brandon Haithcox 61077 23 Randleman, NC Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Cedric Robinson 60868 22 High Point, NC Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Marcus Behling 63295 22 Powder Springs, GA Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Jimmy Crabtree 64076 24 Mebane, NC Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Sammy Neighbors 67572 22 Providence, NC Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Seth Strickland 64916 22 Rome, GA Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Rhonetta Johnson 64390 24 Charlotte, NC Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

33 contestants received Golden Tickets in Greensboro.

San Francisco Auditions[edit | edit source]

Successful[edit | edit source]

Name Contestant # Age Hometown Judges' Votes
Jose "Sway" Penala 32613 27 South San Francisco, CA Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: Check.png

Lauren Weckerly 17 El Cajon, CA Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Unknown

Simon: Unknown

John Williams 31585 28 Sacramento, CA Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: X.png

Katharine McPhee 32342 21 Sherman Oaks, CA Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: Check.png

Shawna White 32675 16 Willits, CA Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: X.png

Jayne Santayana 34677 19 Vallejo, CA Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: X.png

Unsuccessful[edit | edit source]

Name Contestant # Age Hometown Judges' Votes
Heidi Fairbanks 31510 22 Laie, HI Randy:  X.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: X.png

Shawn Vasquez 32038 18 Oakland, CA Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Matthew "Wolfie" Paulson 32051 21 Elk Grove, CA Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Eric Cornforth 32231 18 San Francisco, CA Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Shalicia Carlisle 32191 25 Concord, CA Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Marcus Phillips 32387 23 San Jose, CA Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Deborah Dawn Tilley 33254 27 Ely, NV Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Manuel Viramontes 21 Los Banos, CA Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

18 contestants received Golden Tickets in San Francisco.

Las Vegas Auditions[edit | edit source]

Successful[edit | edit source]

Name Contestant # Age Hometown Judges' Votes
Mecca Madison 78166 18 Las Vegas, NV Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: Check.png

Heather Ward 78546 28 Salisbury, MD Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: Check.png

Taylor Hicks 74094 29 Birmingham, AL Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: X.png

Unsuccessful[edit | edit source]

Name Contestant # Age Hometown Judges' Votes
Alexia "Dylon" Lincheta 78162 23 Bakersfield, CA Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Erica Davis 78409 17 Henderson, NV Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Ryan Hart 74130 18 Las Vegas, NV Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Jason Andino 78201 23 Las Vegas, NV Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Anthony Andolino 75439 28 Roselle Park, NJ Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Marnelli Pearson 73002 24 Las Vegas, NV Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Maureen Pearson 73003 24 Las Vegas, NV Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

David Mandzak 73245 18 Las Vegas, NV Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Haggai Yedidya 72892 28 Las Vegas, NV Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Princess Brewer 78285 22 Miami, FL Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

11 contestants received Golden Tickets in Las Vegas.

Austin Auditions[edit | edit source]

Successful[edit | edit source]

Name Contestant # Age Hometown Judges' Votes
Jason Horn 52605 28 Longview, TX Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: Check.png

Ricky Hayes 56011 21 Bedford, TX Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: Check.png

Ashley Jackson 53504 20 Dallas, TX Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Unknown

Simon: Check.png

Ronnie "R.J." Norman 53550 21 Tyler, TX Randy:  X.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: Check.png

William Makar 58581 16 The Woodlands, TX Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: Check.png

Unsuccessful[edit | edit source]

Name Contestant # Age Hometown Judges' Votes
Julian Riano 53511 27 Austin, TX Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Michelle Lapoint 52900 27 Austin, TX Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Arthur Mayfield 53139 25 Orlando, FL Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Donnell Bolton 20 Fort Worth, TX Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Paula Goodspeed 55896 27 Los Angeles, CA Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Danielle Zamora 54252 16 Austin, TX Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Chanequa Jackson 54231 25 Balch Springs, TX Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Anise Olaniyi-Oke 59320 21 Austin, TX Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Cierra Johnson 52731 20 Pflugerville, TX Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Kevin Mitchell 55798 27 Longview, TX Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Allison Schoening 53697 21 Chapel Hill, NC Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Tessie Mae Reid 52967 17 Arlington, TX Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

12 contestants received Golden Tickets in Austin.

Boston Auditions[edit | edit source]

Successful[edit | edit source]

Name Contestant # Age Hometown Judges' Votes
Ayla Brown 14336 17 Wrentham, MA Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: X.png

Rebecca O'Donahue 11588 25 Dobbs Ferry, NY Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: X.png

Tatiana Ward 11447 22 Hatfield, PA Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: X.png 

Kevin Covais 10182 16 Levittown, NY Randy:  Check.png

Paula:  Check.png

Simon: X.png

Unsuccessful[edit | edit source]

Name Contestant # Age Hometown Judges' Votes
James Yokley Jr. 10315 23 Lynn, MA Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Irada Jafarova 12117 22 Bethesda, MD Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Laurence Soares 11568 27 New Bedford, MA Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Alison Laverdiere 14090 22 Leominster, MA Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Katherine Hofmann 13914 19 Mastic Beach, NY Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Holly Corrente 14014 25 North Providence, RI Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Kenneth Maccarone 12709 21 Providence, RI Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

Michael Sandecki 11161 20 Washington, DC Randy:  X.png

Paula:  X.png

Simon: X.png

28 people received Golden Tickets in Boston.

A grand total of 175 contestants received Golden Tickets in the entirety of Season 5.

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