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Mandisa Hundley the fourth 'American Idol 5' finalist eliminated


By Reality TV World staff, 04/06/2006 

American Idol voted out the fourth of its fifth season finalists during last night's live results show, with Mandisa Hundley, a 29-year-old from Antioch, TN, being eliminated from the Fox reality talent competition as a result of receiving the fewest home viewer votes.

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Mandisa had entertained the show's audience by singing Shania Twain's "Any Man of Mine" during Tuesday's country music-themed performance show. Although he called the song choice "horrible," Idol judge Simon Cowell had also acknowledged Mandisa's performance was "fun" and "cutesy." Randy Jackson had also offered mixed comments about the performance. "The beginning of it wasn't hot for me, but at least in the end you got it together -- the last five seconds were great," the Idol judge had remarked on Tuesday.

Joining Mandisa in the week's bottom three vote-getters were two other finalists who, like Mandisa, had never previously been part of the show's bottom three: Elliott Yamin and Paris Bennett.

Elliott, a 27-year-old from Richmond, VA, had performed Garth Brooks' "If Tomorrow Never Comes" during Tuesday night's show. As is typical for her, Idol judge Paula Abdul had gushed over the performance. Meanwhile Simon had described Elliott's choice as "safe." "You're going to have to do better than that," Simon had remarked after the Tuesday performance.

Paris, a 17-year-old from Fayettesville, GA, had sung "How Do I Live" -- a performance that resulted some unusual role reversal from the judges. The usually positive Paula panned the performance, stating that she didn't feel Paris "connected with the song." Meanwhile Simon, usually the most critical judge, was unexpectedly positive about the performance. "I disagree with Paula, I thought it was very good," Simon told Paris. "I thought it was an excellent choice of songs, it reminded me of early Dionne Warwick."

After keeping all three contestants in suspense through a commercial break, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest revealed that Paris had finished as the week's third lowest vote-getter, leaving Mandisa and Elliott to face elimination alone.

Mandisa took her elimination well. "I want to thank my fans so much, your support has meant the world to me... I thank you and I bless you in the name of Jesus," the 29-year-old told viewers after her fate was revealed.

According to Ryan, home viewers had cast nearly 35 million votes for American Idol 5's nine remaining contestants.

Next week will see another of Idol's finalists eliminated, with the eight remaining contestants once again taking to the stage during Tuesday's 8PM ET/PT performance show and later learning their fate during Wednesday's 9:00-9:30PM ET/PT live results show.

The eight contestants still competing in American Idol 5's finals are:

Paris Bennett, a 17-year-old from Fayetteville, GA (Auditioned in Greensboro)

Paris began singing at the age of 4. She has performed in numerous concerts and has opened for many groups, including Bow Wow. Paris is a skilled dancer in hip-hop, jazz and modern African dance.


Bucky Covington, a 28-year-old from Rockingham, NC (Auditioned in Greensboro)

Bucky lives in his hometown of Rockingham, NC. At the age of 19, he picked up a guitar for the first time and soon after joined his first band. About two years ago, Bucky switched to a country/beach/rock band and realized that his talent crosses many types of music.


Chris Daughtry, a 26-year-old from McLeansville, NC (Auditioned in Denver)

Chris discovered his singing ability in algebra class. A gifted guitar player and songwriter, Chris has already recorded a CD with his band Absent Element. For the past three years, Chris has been a service advisor for a car dealership in Greensboro, NC. In 2000, Chris married his wife Deanna and became a stepfather of two.


Taylor Hicks, a 29-year-old from Birmingham, AL (Auditioned in Las Vegas)

Taylor is a blue-eyed soul singer who has played every honky-tonk imaginable. A talented writer and harmonica player, Taylor enters the competition with almost 29 years of singing experience, as he has been singing since he could crawl.


Katharine McPhee, a 21-year-old from Sherman Oaks, CA (Auditioned in San Francisco)

Katharine was born and raised in Los Angeles. She was exposed at an early age to the joy of singing by her mother, a vocal coach. After high school, Katharine attended the prestigious Boston Conservatory for one semester and majored in musical theater.


Kellie Pickler, a 19-year-old from Albemarle, NC (Auditioned in Greensboro)

Kellie is a waitress who currently lives in Albemarle, NC, and enjoys singing, dancing and shopping for shoes. Kellie has been singing for as long as she can remember, but only began performing for crowds four years ago.


Elliott Yamin, a 27-year-old from Richmond, VA (Auditioned in Boston)

Elliott began singing at the ripe age of 5. His mother, who was a professional singer, is his inspiration and biggest fan. For Elliott, being on AMERICAN IDOL has allowed him to pursue his dream of singing professionally.


Ace Young, a 25-year-old from Los Angeles, CA (Auditioned in Denver)

Ace is the youngest of five brothers. Ace grew up in Boulder, CO, and began his singing career at age 9. He started performing at 11 in local malls and recreation centers. Ace lives in Los Angeles and works in sales and home remodeling.



(Photo credit Fox)


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