Fox's 'American Idol 5' eliminates its first four semifinalists
By Reality TV World staff, 02/24/2006
The fifth season of Fox's American Idol finally began in earnest this week, with Tuesday and Wednesday's first performance shows culminating in last night's live results show that eliminated the four American Idol 5 semifinalists (two male, two female) who had received the fewest votes from home viewers.
O'Donohue, 25-year-old from Dobbs Ferry, NY who found herself at the center of a mini-media controversy after reports that she had previously modeled for Maxim magazine surfaced on Wednesday (after viewer voting for the women's Tuesday performance show had already closed), had entertained viewers with Patti Smith's "Because The Night." "I think you're going to be a very successful model," American Idol judge Simon Cowell snarked at O'Donohue after show host Ryan Seacrest announced her elimination.
Scott, a 19-year-old from Fair Oaks, CA, had chosen to sing Josh Grobin's "To Where You Are."
On the men's side, Bobby Bennett and Patrick Hall found themselves eliminated as a result of the viewer voting from Wednesday's broadcast of the twelve male semifinalists' performances. Bennett, a 19-year-old from Denver, CO, had sung Barry Manilow's "Copacabana" while Hall, a 27-year-old from Gravette, AR, had opted to sing Melissa Etheridge's "Come To My Window."
According to Seacrest, American Idol viewers cast nearly 40 million votes for last night's results show.