American Idol

Season 5 Episode 22

Songs of the 50's

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 21, 2006 on FOX
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Songs of the 50's
Tonight the remaining 11 finalists perform live for the nation, vying for the American Idol crown. The contestants will sing their hearts out in hopes of winning America’s votes and surviving another week in the competition. Tonights Theme is: Songs of the 50's Performing Tonight: Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Lisa Tucker, Mandisa, Paris Bennett, Ace Young, Bucky Covington, Chris Daughtry, Elliott Yamin, Kevin Covais, Taylor Hicksmoreless

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  • My kind of music

    I love songs from the fifties, sixties and seventies as my favorite type of music

    Can't stand some of the 90's & today's music

    Just not a fan of either rap or heavy metal

    It is good that they sung my kind of music

    As it was more cleaner as well as the words better to understand

    Again the judges are there just to be.....

    Well....judges you know

    Again it was a great show

    The singers were good most of the timemoreless
  • One of the better weeks so far this season

    Here's my round up of the performances of the Final 11. My general comments are that it was a much better week than the previous week, based on:-

    1) I recognised more of the songs

    2) Everyone sung better (generally)

    3) I dont like singer-themed weeks; these themes create more variety

    Mandisa: OMG what an entrance. DIVA STATUS ACHIEVED.

    Bucky: A fairly bland performance, not the best vocal.

    Chris: I liked the fact he made it own, and I think he has an amazing voice. I'll only really praise him when he does something out of his comfort zone, but within it he's better than any other contestant.

    Paris: Not quite as good as last week, but she sang it well. Instrument backing was too heavy - an acapella version would have been great.

    Katherine: Interesting choice of song, great vocal, shines with star quality every time.

    Taylor: Poor choice of song, but I enjoyed his performance none the less.

    Lisa: Good choice of song, ok vocal.

    Kevin: I thought he chose a brilliant song for himself and the emotion was well convicted in his vocals. Good job!

    Elliot: Fair enough, he can sing, but I was bored during his performance.

    Kellie: A much better choice of song this week, totally within her comfort zone.

    Ace: Better than last week, his performances always have a shroud of mystery over them. Sometimes its good, and sometimes its not. Not sure about this week. Just ok.moreless
  • A good Night

    I think the contestants learned a lot from Barry Manilow. He was helpful to them and gave them constructive help instead of just telling them what they want to hear. It was great to have them get help with songs but not forced to choose from a Barry Manilow song. Though his songs with stand the test of time they are not suited to all the contestants. But Barry's love of music of all kinds made him essential to the learning process of the contestants. The performances were great and you can tell that the contestants took a lot away with them from Barry's help. Another great show.moreless
  • good one

    Dispite the fact I thought 50's night would be awful, it turned out pretty good, Taylor was good, Bucky did ok, Mandisa was Great, Ace was good , ButChris was so completely awesome, I loved his version of Walk the Line, so much and I am a Johnny Cash fan, but he took that song and I could hear him singing that on the Radio and having a huge hit, Good to see Constantine again as wellmoreless
  • I Love the 50s!

    Honestly, I don't normally watch American Idol...In fact, I kind of hate it. But yesterday I was flipping through channels and saw Manilow--who I adore--was on, so I started to watch and then found out that the contestants were singing some of my favorite 50s songs and well...For once I actually watched almost an entire American Idol show. So, kudos for one installment of AI that really got it right!
Ryan Cabrera

Ryan Cabrera

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Constantine Maroulis

Constantine Maroulis

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Lindsey Cardinale

Lindsey Cardinale

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (4)

    • Season three contestant Jasmine Trias, season four contestants Lindsey Cardinale and Constantine Maroulis and singer Ryan Cabrera were all in the audience tonight.

    • Ryan kept going back to the same audience member, seven year old Sammie throughout the show, to talk to her.

    • 50's song choices this week were as follows:

      Mandisa - "I Don't Hurt Anymore" by Dinah Washington
      Bucky Covington - "Oh Boy" by Buddy Holly
      Paris Bennett - "Fever", by Peggy Lee
      Chris Daughtry - "I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash
      Katharine McPhee - "Come Rain or Come Shine" by Ella Fitzgerald
      Taylor Hicks - "Not Fade Away" by Buddy Holly
      Lisa Tucker - "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"
      Kevin Covais - "When I Fall In Love" by Nat King Cole
      Elliott Yamin - "Teach me Tonight" by Frank Sinatra, Al Jarreau
      Kellie Pickler - "Walking after Midnight" by Patsy Kline
      Ace Young - "In The Still Of The Night" by the Five Satins

    • The contestants flew out to Las Vegas to meet with Barry Manilow, who was this weeks mentor. This is the first time contestants had ever flown somewhere to be mentored. It is the second time Barry Manilow has mentored Idol constants. The last time was Season 3 Top 7 week.


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