The fifth season of American Idol premiered on January 17 2006 and continued until May 24 2006. It was won by Taylor Hicks. This season was hosted by Ryan Seacrest.

Live Show DetailsEdit

Heat 1 - Top 12 Girls (21 February 2006)Edit

OrderArtistSong (original artists)Result
1 Mandisa "Never" (Heart) Safe
2 Kellie Pickler "How Far" (Martina McBride) Safe
3 Becky O'Donohue "Because the Night" (Patti Smith) Eliminated
4 Ayla Brown "Reflection" (Christina Aguilera) Safe
5 Paris Bennett "Midnight Train to Georgia" (Gladys Knight & the Pips) Safe
6 Stevie Scott "To Where You Are" (Josh Groban) Eliminated
7 Brenna Gethers "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" (Stevie Wonder) Safe
8 Heather Cox "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" (Diana Ross) Safe
9 Melissa McGhee "When the Lights Go Down" (Faith Hill) Safe
10 Lisa Tucker "I Am Changing" (Jennifer Holliday) Safe
11 Kinnik Sky "Get Here" (Oleta Adams) Safe
12 Katharine McPhee "Since I Fell for You" (Barbra Streisand) Safe

Heat 2 - Top 12 Boys (22 February 2006)Edit

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

Heat 3 - Top 10 Girls (28 February 2006)Edit

OrderArtistSong (original artists)Result
1 Katharine McPhee "All in Love Is Fair" (Stevie Wonder) Safe
2 Kinnik Sky "Here for the Party" (Gretchen Wilson) Bottom three
3 Lisa Tucker "Who's Lovin' You" (The Jackson 5) Safe
4 Melissa McGhee "Why Haven't I Heard from You" (Reba McEntire) Safe
5 Heather Cox "Hero" (Mariah Carey) Eliminated
6 Brenna Gethers "Last Dance" (Donna Summer) Eliminated
7 Paris Bennett "Wind Beneath My Wings" (Bette Midler) Safe
8 Ayla Brown "I Want You to Need Me" (Celine Dion) Safe
9 Kellie Pickler "Something to Talk About" (Bonnie Raitt) Safe
10 Mandisa "Cry" (Faith Hill) Safe

Heat 4 - Top 10 Boys (1 March 2006)Edit

OrderArtistSong (original artists)Result
1 Taylor Hicks "Easy" (Commodores) Safe
2 Elliott Yamin "Moody's Mood for Love" (James Moody) Safe
3 Ace Young "If You're Not the One" (Daniel Bedingfield) Safe
4 Gedeon McKinney "A Change Is Gonna Come" (Sam Cooke) Safe
5 Kevin Covais "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (Marvin Gaye) Bottom three
6 Sway Penala "Overjoyed" (Stevie Wonder) Eliminated
7 Will Makar "Lady" (Kenny Rogers) Safe
8 Bucky Covington "The Thunder Rolls" (Garth Brooks) Safe
9 David Radford "The Way You Look Tonight" (Frank Sinatra) Eliminated
10 Chris Daughtry "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" (Fuel) Safe

Heat 5 - Top 8 Girls (7 March 2006)Edit

OrderArtistSong (original artists)Result
1 Paris Bennett "Conga" (Miami Sound Machine) Safe
2 Lisa Tucker "Here's Where I Stand" (Tiffany Taylor) Safe
3 Melissa McGhee "What About Love" (Heart) Safe
4 Kinnik Sky "If I Ain't Got You" (Alicia Keys) Eliminated
5 Katharine McPhee "Think" (Aretha Franklin) Safe
6 Ayla Brown "Unwritten" (Natasha Bedingfield) Eliminated
7 Mandisa "I'm Every Woman" (Chaka Khan) Safe
8 Kellie Pickler "I'm the Only One" (Melissa Etheridge) Safe

Heat 6 - Top 8 Boys (8 March 2006)Edit

OrderArtistSong (original artists)Result
1 Gedeon McKinney "When a Man Loves a Woman" (Percy Sledge) Eliminated
2 Chris Daughtry "Broken" (Seether & Amy Lee) Safe
3 Kevin Covais "Vincent" (Don McLean) Safe
4 Bucky Covington "Wave on Wave" (Pat Green) Safe
5 Will Makar "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" (Marvin Gaye) Eliminated
6 Taylor Hicks "Takin' It to the Streets" (The Doobie Brothers) Safe
7 Elliott Yamin "Heaven" (Bryan Adams) Safe
8 Ace Young "Butterflies" (Michael Jackson) Safe

Live Show 1 (14 March 2006)Edit

Theme: Stevie Wonder

1 Ace Young "Do I Do" Bottom three
2 Kellie Pickler "Blame It on the Sun" Safe
3 Elliott Yamin "Knocks Me Off My Feet" Safe
4 Mandisa "Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing" Safe
5 Bucky Covington "Superstition" Safe
6 Melissa McGhee "Lately" Eliminated
7 Lisa Tucker "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" Bottom two
8 Kevin Covais "Part-Time Lover" Safe
9 Katharine McPhee "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)" Safe
10 Taylor Hicks "Living for the City" Safe
11 Paris Bennett "All I Do" Safe
12 Chris Daughtry "Higher Ground" Safe

Live Show 2 (21 March 2006)Edit

Theme: The 50s

OrderArtistSong (original artists)Result
1 Mandisa "I Don't Hurt Anymore" (Dinah Washington) Safe
2 Bucky Covington "Oh, Boy!" (The Crickets) Bottom two
3 Paris Bennett "Fever" (Peggy Lee) Safe
4 Chris Daughtry "I Walk the Line" (Johnny Cash) Safe
5 Katharine McPhee "Come Rain or Come Shine" (Ella Fitzgerald) Safe
6 Taylor Hicks "Not Fade Away" (The Crickets) Safe
7 Lisa Tucker "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" (Diana Ross) Bottom three
8 Kevin Covais "When I Fall in Love" (Nat King Cole) Eliminated
9 Elliott Yamin "Teach Me Tonight" (The DeCastro Sisters) Safe
10 Kellie Pickler "Walkin' After Midnight" (Patsy Cline) Safe
11 Ace Young "In the Still of the Night" (The Five Satins) Safe

Live Show 3 (28 March 2006)Edit

Theme: 21st Century

OrderArtistSong (original artists)Result
1 Lisa Tucker "Because of You" (Kelly Clarkson) Eliminated
2 Kellie Pickler "Suds in the Bucket" (Sara Evans) Safe
3 Ace Young "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" (Train) Bottom three
4 Taylor Hicks "Trouble" (Ray LaMontagne) Safe
5 Mandisa "Shackles (Praise You)" (Mary Mary) Safe
6 Chris Daughtry "What If" (Creed) Safe
7 Katharine McPhee "The Voice Within" (Christina Aguilera) Bottom two
8 Bucky Covington "Real Good Man" (Tim McGraw) Safe
9 Paris Bennett "Work It Out" (Beyoncé) Safe
10 Elliott Yamin "I Don't Want to Be" (Gavin DeGraw) Safe

Live Show 4 (4 April 2006)Edit

Theme: Country

OrderArtistSong (original artists)Result
1 Taylor Hicks "Take Me Home, Country Roads" (John Denver) Safe
2 Mandisa "Any Man of Mine" (Shania Twain) Eliminated
3 Elliott Yamin "If Tomorrow Never Comes" (Ronan Keating) Bottom two
4 Paris Bennett "How Do I Live" (LeAnn Rimes) Bottom three
5 Ace Young "Tonight I Wanna Cry" (Keith Urban) Safe
6 Kellie Pickler "Fancy" (Bobbie Gentry) Safe
7 Chris Daughtry "Making Memories of Us" (Keith Urban) Safe
8 Katharine McPhee "Bringing Out the Elvis" (Faith Hill) Safe
9 Bucky Covington "Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)" (Vertical Horizon) Safe

Live Show 5 (11 April 2006)Edit

Theme: Queen

1 Bucky Covington "Fat Bottomed Girls" Eliminated
2 Ace Young "We Will Rock You" Bottom three
3 Kellie Pickler "Bohemian Rhapsody" Safe
4 Chris Daughtry "Innuendo" Safe
5 Katharine McPhee "Who Wants to Live Forever" Safe
6 Elliott Yamin "Somebody to Love" Bottom three
7 Taylor Hicks "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" Safe
8 Paris Bennett "The Show Must Go On" Safe
  • Both Ace Young and Elliott Yamin were in the Bottom three with Bucky Covington, however it was never revealed whether they were in the Bottom two or not.

Live Show 6 (18 April 2006)Edit

Theme: The Great American Songbook

OrderArtistSong (original artists)Result
1 Chris Daughtry "What a Wonderful World" (Louis Armstrong) Bottom two
2 Paris Bennett "These Foolish Things" (Billie Holiday) Bottom three
3 Taylor Hicks "You Send Me" (Sam Cooke) Safe
4 Elliott Yamin "It Had to Be You" (Harry Connick, Jr.) Safe
5 Kellie Pickler "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" (Vivienne Segel) Safe
6 Ace Young "That's All" (Nat King Cole) Eliminated
7 Katharine McPhee "Someone to Watch Over Me" (Gertrude Lawrence) Safe

Live Show 7 (25 April 2006)Edit

Theme: Love Songs

OrderArtistSong (original artists)Result
1 Katharine McPhee "I Have Nothing" (Whitney Houston) Top two
2 Elliott Yamin "A Song for You" (Leon Russell) Safe
3 Kellie Pickler "Unchained Melody" (The Righteous Brothers) Eliminated
4 Paris Bennett "The Way We Were" (Barbra Streisand) Bottom two
5 Taylor Hicks "Just Once" (James Ingram) Safe
6 Chris Daughtry "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman" (Bryan Adams) Top two

Live Show 8 (2 May 2006)Edit

Theme: Birth Year/Latest Billboards

OrderArtistFirst song (original artists)Second songResult
1 Elliott Yamin "On Broadway" (The Drifters) "Home" (Michael Bublé) Bottom two
2 Paris Bennett "Kiss" (Prince) "Be Without You" (Mary J. Blige) Eliminated
3 Chris Daughtry "Renegade" (Styx) "I Dare You" (Shinedown) Safe
4 Katharine McPhee "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" (Mariah Carey) "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" (KT Tunstall) Safe
5 Taylor Hicks "Play That Funky Music" (Wild Cherry) "Something" (The Beatles) Safe

Live Show 9 (9 May 2006)Edit

Theme: Elvis Presley

OrderArtistFirst songSecond songResult
1 Taylor Hicks "Jailhouse Rock" "In the Ghetto" Safe
2 Chris Daughtry "Suspicious Minds" "A Little Less Conversation" Eliminated
3 Elliott Yamin "If I Can Dream" "Trouble" Safe
4 Katharine McPhee "Hound Dog/All Shook Up" "Can't Help Falling in Love" Bottom two

Live Show 10: Semi-final (16 May 2006)Edit

Theme: Clive Davis' Choice, Judge's Choice & Idol's Choice

OrderArtistFirst song (original artists)Second songThird songResult
1 Elliott Yamin "Open Arms" (Journey) "What You Won't Do for Love" (Bobby Caldwell) "I Believe to My Soul" (Ray Charles) Eliminated
2 Katharine McPhee "I Believe I Can Fly" (R. Kelly) "Over the Rainbow" (Judy Garland) "I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues" (Duke Ellington) Safe
3 Taylor Hicks "Dancing in the Dark" (Bruce Springsteen) "You Are So Beautiful" (Joe Cocker) "Try a Little Tenderness" (Otis Redding) Safe

Live final (23 May 2006)Edit

OrderArtistFirst song (original artists)Second songThird songResult
1 Katharine McPhee "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" (KT Tunstall) "Over the Rainbow" (Judy Garland) "My Destiny" (Katharine McPhee) Runner-up
2 Taylor Hicks "Living for the City" (Stevie Wonder) "Levon" (Elton John) "Do I Make You Proud" (Taylor Hicks) Winner
American Idol

Seasons: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
Winners: Kelly Clarkson (2002) | Ruben Studdard (2003) | Fantasia Barrino (2004) | Carrie Underwood (2005) | Taylor Hicks (2006) | Jordin Sparks (2007)
Runners-up: Justin Guarini (2002) | Clay Aiken (2003) | Diana DeGarmo (2004) | Bo Bice (2005) | Katharine McPhee (2006) | Blake Lewis (2007)
Lists: List of all contestants | List of songs performed on American Idol
Categories: Category:American Idol | Category:American Idol participants

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