American Idol

Season 5 Episode 32

Top 6 Perform

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 25, 2006 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Elliott mentions that one of the back up singers is the daughter of Donny Hathaway, whose song Elliott sang.

    • The song Elliott sang was the first song he ever sang for American Idol, during the producer's round, which are not aired on TV.

    • Actresses Tori Spelling, Selma Ward, Joely Fisher, actor Kevin Nealon, and olympic figure skater Sasha Cohen were all in the audience.

  • Quotes

    • Ryan: It's an emotional roller coaster ladies and gentlemen.

    • Simon (To Katharine): By choosing that song, it is like coming out here and saying 'I am as good as Whitney Houston'. You're not.

    • Simon (To Elliott): Seven weeks ago, I said you were one of the best male vocalists we've ever had on 'Idol'. Tonight, in parts, it was like a master class. It was superb.

  • Notes

    • Each contestant had two numbers that could be called. This is the first time that more than one number appeared when only one song has been sung.

    • Simon's critique of Kellie was cut off by the music that cues Ryan because he had gone on too long.

    • Andrea Bocelli and David Foster were featured helping out the contestants with their songs.

    • Love songs choices were as follows:

      Katharine McPhee: I Have Nothing - Whitney Houston

      Elliott Yamin: A Song for You - Donny Hathaway

      Kellie Pickler: Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers

      Paris Bennett: The Way We Were - Barbra Streisand

      Taylor Hicks: Just Once - James Ingram

      Chris Daughtry: Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman - Bryan Adams

  • Allusions