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    • Track-Listing for Elliott Yamin:

      1. Movin' On
      2. Wait for You
      3. Find a Way
      4. One Word
      5. You Are the One
      6. I'm the Man
      7. Train Wreck
      8. Free
      9. Alright
      10. Take My Breath Away
      11. A Song for You (cover version of Donny Hathaway)

    • He tried to be a vegetarian at the age of 8.

    • He earned his GED in 1997 at the Virginia Randolph Education Center while working at Foot Locker.

    • At the age of 5, Elliott would walk outside his family home in Pasadena carrying a boombox blasting the sounds of Itzhak Perlman.

    • He fronted a reggae outfit known as the Razor Posse at the Bob Marley Festival in Richmond's Chimborazo Park singing Waiting In Vain.

    • Elliott sang background on three tracks for Big Planz's gospel rap CD Sound Doctrine in 2004. Once word got out in 2006 that Elliott sang back up, Big's site got 7000 hits in 3 days and in 24 hours, its sales-ranking on Amazon.com went from 505000 to 1300.

    • Elliott used to turn out the lights to sing in front of friends.

    • The first album he bought with his own money: Whitney Houston's self-titled debut.

    • If he could have a super power, he would like to be able to fly.

    • He would most love to duet and write an original song with Stevie Wonder.

    • At the American Idol finale, he sang A House Is Not a Home in the Burt Bacharach medley and U2's One with Mary J. Blige.

    • Elliott's ex-girlfriend's name is Amanda, they met at T.G.I. Friday's and she also lives in Richmond. [February 2006]

    • On June 11, 2006, Elliott performed the national anthem a cappella at Game 2 of the NBA finals in a Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki jersey. It received warm reviews from cable news network MSNBC, calling it the "highlight" moment of the game.

    • Elliott appeared on the cover of the July 2006 issue of his hometown Richmond Magazine, selling out 144,000 copies in four days. The magazine normally circulates 31,000 copies in a 30-day period.

    • In 2006, Elliott's rendition of "Moody's Mood For Love," originally by James Moody, is featured on the CD American Idol Encores.

    • In 2005, Elliott was featured on three tracks ("Sound Doctrine," "Song of Hope," and "Whatchacomeherefoe?") of local gospel musical artist Big Planz's album Sound Doctrine.

    • Elliott wants to educate young people about music and diabetes.

    • Elliott is 5'6".

    • Elliott became the first season five finalist to have a solo concert event.

    • On October 8, 2006, Elliott performed at the Virginia State Fair as the closing act. His backup band was the Little Memphis Blues Orchestra. There was no new material featured in the concert, he sang nine cover songs.

    • On October 22, Elliott sang the National Anthem at the Dodgers Stadium (LA) and cut the ribbon for a diabetes walk during JDRF International Walk to Cure Diabetes.

    • On July 28, 2006, Elliott met with U.S. President George W. Bush at the White House.

    • On July 5, 2006, AI5 Summer Tour offered its first concert in Manchester. Elliott appeared in seven acts. The first was Nickelback's "Savin' Me" (duet with Chris Daughtry). Elliott continued with three solos: "Moody's Mood For Love" (James Moody), "Never Too Much" (Luther Vandross), and "Trouble" (Elvis Presley). Afterwards, Elliott was joined by Daughtry, Ace Young and Bucky Covington to sing "Patience" (Guns N' Roses); their performance was dedicated to Katharine McPhee, who was absent due to illness. Next, the Idol performers (except for Taylor Hicks) performed Queen's "We Are The Champions", and finally Hicks joined them to sing "Living in America". The tour continued until September 29, 2006.

    • On May 12, 2006, Elliott returned to Richmond for a hometown celebration. In a gathering attended by roughly 4,000 people, he received a key to the city from Mayor Douglas Wilder. Later that day, Elliott threw the opening pitch for a Richmond Braves game and met with Governor Tim Kaine, who gave Elliott a t-shirt bearing the quote, "Virginia is for Elliott Lovers." Yamin said it was the "happiest day of his life". The day was declared "Elliott Yamin Day" in Richmond.

    • Elliott was described as a blue-eyed soul singer by Rod Stewart while on American Idol.

    • Elliott's primary genre is soul.

    • Elliott auditioned for American Idol in Boston, Massachusetts as an alternative to Memphis, Tennessee where auditions were cancelled due to Hurricane Katrina.

    • Elliott attended Tuckahoe Middle Schoo and dropped out Douglas S. Freeman High School on his Sophomore Year.

    • Elliott has never had any formal training in singing.

    • Elliott began singing at the age of five.

    • Elliott's mom is a professional singer.

    • Elliot says he was emotional and passionate about the Queen song Somebody to Love.

    • Elliott's cousin, Josh Abraham, says he would love to produce Elliott's album.

    • Elliott's definition of an American Idol is someone who can inspire others to accomplish anything they set their mind to do.

    • Elliot says he can't explain why he can sing so well, even with his partially deaf ear. He says it is just a gift.

    • Elliot thinks, for the most part, the American Idol audition process is fair.

    • His personal goals in life is to help educate young people about music and diabetes.

    • If he couldn't sing he would love to be able to play the guitar and piano. He'd also like to be taller, just so he can dunk a basketball.

    • Elliott wore a piece of original jewlery by Paula Abdul, from her new line, on the April 4th American Idol 5.

    • He had ear drum replacement surgery at 13 years old.

    • At the age of seventeen, Yamin was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and has to wear an insulin pump.

    • His mother was a professional singer who started at 12 years old performing blues and standards in hotels, clubs, and with orchestra leader Ray McKinley.

    • Elliott liked to rap when he was younger.

    • Elliott's cousin, Josh Abraham is a music producer. He has produced albums for Velvet Revolver, Stained, and Limp Bizkit.

    • If he wins American Idol 5 he will thank God and then his mom.

    • The biggest obstacle in his life has been managing his diabetes.

    • He says his mom is a hero in his life.

    • He says that the only lucky charms he has are his vocal chords.

    • When asked how American Idol changed his life he responded: "It's validated my artistry and given me the confidence to accomplish anything I set out to do!"

    • He says that people would be suprised that he has to wear an insulin pump.

    • The proudest moment in his life, so far, is getting so far on American Idol Season 5. [Feb 2006]

    • He says his most embarasing moment is: "My first Hollywood Round Auditions [on American Idol 5] - I forgot the lyrics to the beginning of my song! I thought I was going home for sure."

    • Some rituals he does before performing is pray and take deep breaths.

    • When asked who his American Idol was he responded: "My Mom - she's overcome a lot of adverse situations. She's a very strong-willed woman!"

    • He says people would be suprised he owns a George Michael CD.

    • If he doesn't win American Idol, he will still persue a music career.

    • He started singing when he was 5 years old.

    • Favorites:
      Female Artist: Alicia Keys and Gwen Stefani
      Male Artist: Usher, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder
      American Idol Judge: Simon Cowell because he doesn't sugarcoat anything.
      Snacks: Little Debbie Strawberry Shortcake Rolls
      Film: Coming to America
      Reality Shows: American Idol and The Amazing Race

    • Elliot has diabetes. He wears an insulin pump.

    • List of Songs Sung on American Idol:
      February 22, 2006 - If You Really Love Me by Stevie Wonder
      March 1, 2006 - Moody's Mood for Love by James Moody
      March 8, 2006 - Heaven by Bryan Adams
      March 14, 2006 Knocks Me Off My Feet by Stevie Wonder
      March 21, 2006 - Teach Me Tonight by Al Jarreau
      March 28, 2006 - I Don't Want to Be by Gavin DeGraw
      April 4, 2006 - If Tomorrow Never Comes by Garth Brooks
      April 11, 2006 - Somebody to Love by Queen
      April 18, 2006 - It Had to Be You by Frank Sinatra
      April 25, 2006 - A Song For You by Donny Hathaway
      May 2, 2006 - On Broadway by George Benson
      May 2, 2006 - Home by Michael Bublé
      May 9, 2006 - If I Can Dream by Elvis Presley
      May 9, 2006 - Trouble by Elvis Presley
      May 16, 2006 - Open Arms by Journey
      May 16, 2006 - What You Won't Do For Love by Bobby Caldwell
      May 16, 2006 - I Believe to My Soul by Donny Hathaway

    • As a child, he suffered from allergies to grass and pollen.

    • According to him before he was eliminated, if he had won American Idol, the first thing he would do is take a long nap.

    • He has 90% hearing loss in his left ear.

  • Quotes

    • Elliott: (on why he decided to finally take the surgery) The bottom line was, I was long overdue for a dentist appointment.

    • Elliott: (on taking the surgery and his smile) I've always wanted to have a nicer smile, I used to look at old pictures of myself, and I figured out how to kind of smile without displaying all my teeth.

    • Elliott: (on what his friends thought about him before auditioning) They had more faith in me than I did. I've always been so critical of my own sound. I didn't think it sounded so good.

    • Elliott: (on first hearing Donny Hathaway's music in the seventh grade) His voice spoke to me. I had never heard anything like it before. I was so fortunate to be exposed to him at that age.

    • Elliott: (on auditioning for Idol in Boston's Gillette Stadium) The tents were really close together. Lucky my bad ear was next to the person in the next tent who was singing very loud and very bad.

    • Elliott: (on singing the National Anthem at game 2 of the NBA Finals) First of all, I looked like a fool when I walked out there. I didn't want to mispronounce anything or get nervous.

    • Elliott: I had dreamed of tapping into American Idol for years, but I'd gotten sucked into the reality of the daily grind.

    • Elliott: (on Paula Abdul) I was always loud, interrupting my mom on the phone or my brother doing his homework. I would annoy everybody.

    • Elliott: (on Paula Abdul) She has a big heart, like I do.

    • Elliott: Before Idol, I was lost.... Now, I've actually followed through with something. I am a better man for it!

    • Elliott: (Other talents he'd like to have) I'd love to be able to play the guitar and piano. I'd like to be taller, just so I can dunk a basketball!

    • Elliott: (most embarrassing moment) My first Hollywood Round Auditions - I forgot the lyrics to the beginning of my song! I thought I was going home for sure.

    • Elliott: (on his mother) My mom - she's overcome a lot of adverse situations. She's a very strong-willed woman!

    • Elliott: (Personal goals) To help educate young people about music and diabetes. I want to be an inspiration to others. I want to be a great Dad someday... I want to meet Magic Johnson and have a floor seat at a Lakers game.

    • Elliott: (when asked what he'd do if he didn't make it on American Idol) Do whatever I've always done...Survive! Of course, I'd still pursue a career in music.

    • Elliott: I've always wanted to pursue a music career, but I didn't dedicate the time and effort.

    • Elliott: (on his singing ability in spite of his allergies, diabetes and hearing loss) I don't know how to explain it, because I'm not a religious person. It's a gift.

    • Elliott: I'm not a heartthrob, but I am trying to turn it up a notch now.

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