The finale of Season 5 of American Idol took place on May 23rd and 24th 2006. It featured Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee competing for the title of winner of American Idol.

Taylor Hicks was declared the winner after 63.4 million votes cast.

Contestants' Performances[edit | edit source]

The final two contestants performed three times.

Katharine McPhee "Black Horse and a Cherry Tree" (KT Tunstall) Runner-Up
Taylor Hicks "Living for the City" (Stevie Wonder) Winner
Katharine McPhee "Over the Rainbow" (Judy Garland) Runner-Up
Taylor Hicks "Levon" (Elton John) Winner
Katharine McPhee "My Destiny" (Katharine McPhee) Runner-Up
Taylor Hicks "Do I Make You Proud" (Taylor Hicks) Winner

Guest Performances[edit | edit source]

Carrie Underwood and the Top 12 (Paris Bennett, Kevin Covais, Bucky Covington, Chris Daughtry, Taylor Hicks, Mandisa, Melissa McGhee, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Lisa Tucker, Elliott Yamin, Ace Young) "Don't Forget to Remember Me" and "Through the Rain" (Carrie Underwood)
Paris Bennett and Al Jarreau "We're in This Love Together" (Al Jarreau)
Chris Daughtry and Live "Mystery" (Live)
Katharine McPhee and Meat Loaf "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" (Celine Dion)
Taylor Hicks, Elliott Yamin, Chris Daughtry, Ace Young, Bucky Covington and Kevin Covais "Taking Care of Business" (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)

"Tobacco Road" (David Lee Roth)

"Don't Stop (Fleetwood Mac)

Elliott Yamin and Mary J. Blige "One" (U2)
Carrie Underwood "Don't Forget to Remember Me" (Carrie Underwood)
Taylor Hicks and Toni Braxton "In the Ghetto" (Elvis Presley)
Katharine McPhee, Paris Bennett, Kellie Pickler, Mandisa, Lisa Tucker and Melissa McGhee "Man! I Feel Like a Woman" (Shania Twain)

"Trouble" (Elvis Presley)

"I'm a Woman" (Peggy Lee)

"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (Aretha Franklin)

"I'm Every Woman" (Chaka Khan)

Michael Sandecki and Clay Aiken "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (Elton John)
Burt Bacharach, Taylor Hicks, Katharine McPhee, Elliott Yamin, Chris Daughtry, Paris Bennett, Kellie Pickler, Ace Young, Bucky Covington, Mandisa, Lisa Tucker, Kevin Covais, Melissa McGhee and Dionne Warwick "What the World Needs Now is Love" (Jackie DeShannon)

"The Look of Love" (Dusty Springfield)

"I'll Never Fall in Love Again" (Dionne Warwick)

"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" (B.J. Thomas)

"I Say a Little Prayer" (Aretha Franklin)

"Alfie" (Dionne Warwick)

"A House is Not a Home" (Dionne Warwick)

"What's New, Pussycat?" (Tom Jones)

"Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" (Christopher Cross)

"Close to You" (The Carpenters)

"Walk on By" (Dionne Warwick)

"That's What Friends Are For" (Stevie Wonder and Dionne Warwick)

"The Brokenote Cowboys" (Garet Layne Johnson, Michael Evans, Matthew Buckstein) "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys" (Ed Bruce)
Prince "Lolita" and "Satisfied" (Prince)
Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" (Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes)

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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