Seventh Place (Season 5)
Eighth Place (Season 5)
Fourth Place (Season 5)
Third Place (Season 5)
Runner-Up (Season 5)
Sixth Place (Season 5)
Despite Ryan announcing it as the "First Annual Golden Idols" it was never done again.
There were over 63.4 million votes. Ryan mentioned that it was more than any presidential election ever.
After Taylor had won and they were showing the crowd at Birmingham, one sign was upside down the whole time.
At the very end Randy stood up and you could see that he signed his chair, it looks like Paula did too. It is possible they were being auctioned off.
When the judges were introduced they showed clips of them from the season.
The song lyrics were run over the teleprompter for all the songs through out the episode.
Ryan Seacrest: The winner of American Idol season 5 is...Taylor Hicks!
Usually Ryan says "the winner of American Idol" (then the year-2006) but this year he said the season number.
Ford Music Video: "Don't Stop" by Fleetwood Mac. Taylor and Katharine pull up into a Drive-In and the film is behind the scenes of all the other Ford Music videos.
As a jab to Kellie being constantly made fun of her her small town antics there was a sketch called Puck N' Pickler, where Wolfgang Puck was introducing Kellie to fancy food.
This is the first finale to be completely done on the stage, with no backstage interviews or anything.
Like in all seasons there were special correspondents in the Top 2's hometowns. Jessie and Becky O'Donahue from this season were in Taylor's hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, and season 1 contestant Tamyra Grey was in Universal City, California, with Katharine fans.
Katharine and Taylor both won Ford Mustang Convertables
Taylor Hicks is the oldest American Idol winner in the series at the age of 29.
Even though Meatloaf sang this song with McPhee, he recorded "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" with Norwegian singer Marion Raven for his latest album, "Bat Out of Hell 3: The Monster is Loose."
Taylor becomes the third Winner (and first male winner) and fourth person overall to never be in the Bottom 2/3. Katherine McPhee becomes the second Runner Up to appear in the Bottom 2/3 more than once.
-"I Made it Through the Rain" by Barry Manilow (Carrie Underwood and the Top 12)
-"We're in This Love Together" by Al Jarreau (Paris and Al Jarreau)
-"Mystery" by Live (Chris and Live)
-"It's All Coming Back to Me Now" Originally recorded by Celine Dion, and done by Meat Loaf later (Katharine and Meat Loaf)
-Medley: "Takin' Care of Business" by Bauchman-Turner Overdrive, "Tobacco Road" by The Nashville Teens and "Don't Stop" by Fleetwood Mac (The men of the Top 12)
-"One" by U2 (Elliott and Mary J. Blige)
-Carrie Underwood performs her song "Remember Me"
-In the Ghetto" by Elvis Presley (Taylor and Toni Braxton)
-Medley: "Man! I Feel Like a Woman" by Shania Twain, "Trouble" by Elvis Presley, "I'm a Woman" by Peggy Lee, "Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin, and "I'm Every Woman" by Chaka Khan (The women of Top 12)
-Top 12 performed a Medley with Burt Bacarach on the piano. They each had solos/duets then all came together at the end with Dionne Warwick:
"What This World Needs Now is Love" by The Carpenters (Taylor and Katharine)
"The Look of Love" by Diana Krall (Ace and Melissa)
"I'll Never Fall in Love Again" by Bobbie Gentry (Kellie)
"Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" by B.J. Thomas (Bucky)
"I Say A Little Prayer" by Dionne Warwick (Mandisa lead with Paris, Kellie and Melissa backing up)
"Alfie" by Cher (Lisa)
"A House is Not a Home" by Dionne Warick (Elliott)
"What's New Pussycat" by Tom Jones (Kevin lead with Paris, Kellie and Lisa backing up)
"Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" by Christopher Cross (Kevin, Chris and Ace)
"(They Long To Be) Close To You" by The Carpenters (Paris with Top 12 minus Taylor and Katharine backing up)
"Walk on By" and "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick. She came out for these two songs and the Top 12 backed her up.
-Prince performed "Lolita" and "Satisfied"
-"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes (Taylor and Katharine)
-After Taylor won he perfumed what would be his debut single "Do I Make You Proud?"
There was a mock awards show during the finale. Called the Golden Idols. Here are the categories, nominees, winners and an extra info.
1. Outstanding Female Vocals
Princess Brewer (Winner)
2. Outstanding Male Vocal
"Crazy" Dave Hoover (Winner)-He came out on the stage and did his crazy dance
3. Proudest Family Moment
Claudette(Elliotts mom) (Winner)
4. Randy Jackson Award (Public Speaking)
Rhonetta Johnson was given the award with no other nominees. There was a sketch of her accepting the award.
5. Best Impersonation
Kenneth Maccarone (Cher)
Seth Strickland (Michael Jackson)
Michael Sandecki (Clay Aiken) (Winner). He came out and performed "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me, and part way through Clay showed up and sang with him.
6. Best Male Bonding
Chris and Ace
Ryan and Taylor
BrokeNote Cowboys (Which were Garet Layne Johnson, Matthew Buckstein and MichaelEvans, who formed a group in Hollywood week) (Winners). They came out and sang "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" by Ed Bruce
Actors David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel from the T.V. show Bones,David Hasselhoff from Baywatch,Ben Stiller and Heather Locklear, musical composer David Foster, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck and some former Idol contestants were all in the audience.
Episode was broadcast to 200 million people.
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