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The semifinals of Season 5 of American Idol comprised of twenty-four singers. It started on February 23rd, 2006 and ended March 9th, 2006. This was the first round of the season where America could vote.

Contestants[]

Bobby Bennett Paris Bennett
Ayla Brown Kevin Covais
Bucky Covington Heather Cox
Chris Daughtry Brenna Gethers
Patrick Hall Taylor Hicks
Will Makar Mandisa
Melissa McGhee Gedeon McKinney
Katharine McPhee Rebecca O'Donohue
Jose "Sway" Penala Kellie Pickler
David Radford Stevie Scott
Kinnik Sky Lisa Tucker
Elliott Yamin Ace Young

Top 12 Women[]

Mandisa "Never" (Heart) Safe
Kellie Pickler "How Far" (Martina McBride) Safe
Becky O'Donohue "Because the Night" (Patti Smith) Eliminated
Ayla Brown "Reflection" (Christina Aguilera) Safe
Paris Bennett "Midnight Train to Georgia" (Cissy Houston) Safe
Stevie Scott "To Where You Are" (Josh Groban) Eliminated
Brenna Gethers "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" (Stevie Wonder) Safe
Heather Cox "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" (Diana Ross) Safe
Melissa McGhee "When the Lights Go Down" (Faith Hill) Safe
Lisa Tucker "I Am Changing" (Jennifer Holliday) Safe
Kinnik Sky "Get Here" (Brenda Russell) Safe
Katharine McPhee "Since I Fell for You" (Ella Johnson) Safe

Eliminated: Becky O'Donohue, Stevie Scott

Top 12 Men[]

Patrick Hall "Come to My Window" (Melissa Etheridge) Eliminated
David Radford "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (Queen) Safe
Bucky Covington "Simple Man" (Lynyrd Skynyrd) Safe
Will Makar "I Want You Back" (The Jackson 5) Safe
Sway Penala "Reasons" (Earth, Wind & Fire) Safe
Chris Daughtry "Wanted, Dead or Alive" (Bon Jovi) Safe
Kevin Covais "One Last Cry" (Brian McKnight) Safe
Gedeon McKinney "Shout" (The Isley Brothers) Safe
Elliott Yamin "If You Really Love Me" (Stevie Wonder) Safe
Bobby Bennett "Copacabana" (Barry Manilow) Eliminated
Ace Young "Father Figure" (George Michael) Safe
Taylor Hicks "Levon" (Elton John) Safe

Eliminated: Patrick Hall, Bobby Bennett

Top 10 Women[]

Katharine McPhee "All in Love is Fair" (Stevie Wonder) Safe
Kinnik Sky "Here for the Party" (Gretchen Wilson) Bottom 3
Lisa Tucker "Who's Lovin' You" (The Miracles) Safe
Melissa McGhee "What Haven't I Heard from You" (Reba McEntire) Safe
Heather Cox "Hero" (Mariah Carey) Eliminated
Brenna Gethers "Last Dance" (Donna Summer) Eliminated
Paris Bennett "Wind Beneath My Wings" (Bette Midler) Safe
Ayla Brown "I Want You to Need Me" (Celine Dion) Safe
Kellie Pickler "Something to Talk About" (Bonnie Raitt) Safe
Mandisa "Cry" (Faith Hill) Safe

Bottom 3: Kinnik Sky, Heather Cox, Brenna Gethers

Top 10 Men[]

Taylor Hicks "Easy" (Commodores) Safe
Elliott Yamin "Moody's Mood for Love" (James Moody) Safe
Ace Young "If You're Not the One" (Daniel Bedingfield) Safe
Gedeon McKinney "A Change is Gonna Come" (Sam Cooke) Safe
Kevin Covais "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" (The Miracles) Bottom 3
Sway Penala "Overjoyed" (Stevie Wonder) Eliminated
Will Makar "Lady" (Kenny Rogers) Safe
Bucky Covington "The Thunder Rolls" (Garth Brooks) Safe
David Radford "The Way You Look Tonight" (Fred Astaire) Eliminated
Chris Daughtry "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" (Fuel) Safe

Eliminated: Kevin Covais, Jose "Sway" Penala, David Radford

Top 8 Women[]

Paris Bennett "Conga" (Gloria Estefan) Safe
Lisa Tucker "Here's Where I Stand" (Tiffany Taylor) Safe
Melissa McGhee "What About Love" (Heart) Safe
Kinnik Sky "If I Ain't Got You" (Alicia Keys) Eliminated
Katharine McPhee "Think" (Aretha Franklin) Safe
Ayla Brown "Unwritten" (Natasha Bedingfield) Eliminated
Mandisa "I'm Every Woman" (Chaka Khan) Safe
Kellie Pickler "I'm the Only One" (Melissa Etheridge) Safe

Eliminated: Kinnik Sky, Ayla Brown

Top 8 Men[]

Gedeon McKinney "When a Man Loves a Woman" (Percy Sledge) Eliminated
Chris Daughtry "Broken" (Seether) Safe
Kevin Covais "Vincent" (Don McLean) Safe
Bucky Covington "Wave on Wave" (Pat Green) Safe
Will Makar "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" (Marvin Gaye) Eliminated
Taylor Hicks "Takin' It to the Streets" (The Doobie Brothers) Safe
Elliott Yamin "Heaven" (Bryan Adams) Safe
Ace Young "Butterflies" (Michael Jackson) Safe

Eliminated: Gedeon McKinney, Will Makar

Trivia[]

  • The Top 24 group performance during the results show was "Take it Easy" by Eagles.
  • The Top 20 group performance during the results show was "Love the One You're With" by Stephen Stills.
  • Carrie Underwood performed in the Top 20 results show.
  • Bo Bice performed in the Top 16 results show.
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