American Idol 4

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The fourth season of American Idol premiered on January 18, 2005 and continued until May 25, 2005. It was hosted by Ryan Seacrest. Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell also returned to judge. It was won by Carrie Underwood.


Auditions were held in Washington, DC, St. Louis, Missouri, New Orleans, Louisiana, Las Vegas, Nevada, Cleveland, Ohio, Orlando, Florida and San Francisco, California. There was originally supposed to be an audition held in Anchorage, Alaska, but that was changed about a month before so they could go to Orlando, Florida. Auditions were held from August to October 2004. While in the past seasons celebrity guest judges have been invited to participate during the competition, this was the first season where guest judges were invited to participate in the auditions. The music celebrities featured were:

It is also the first season in which the age limit was raised to 28, in order to increase variety. Among those who benefitted from this new rule were Constantine Maroulis and Bo Bice, considered to be the eldest (and most experienced) of Idol contestants. They were also constantly mentioned by Ryan Seacrest and in the media as "the two rockers", since their long hair and choice of songs made them stand out from conventional Idol standards.

Eliminated Contestants

Early auditions

  • The most notable contestant in the early episodes was Mary Roach, who auditioned in Washington D.C. Her rendition of Carole King's "I Feel The Earth Move", as well as her comments to the judges that followed her audition, brought considerable negative attention (including false rumors of mental illness) and comparisons to William Hung.Mary later admitted on her now-defunct website that she was playing it up and acting out a character in order to get as much television exposure as possible.
  • Also noted was Leroy Wells from Grand Bay, Alabama who auditioned in New Orleans singing Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Got Your Money". He acquired mild fame by repeatedly yelling, "Can you dig it?" to the judges and for the inability of the judges (except for Jackson) to fully understand him. Wells did not seem to audition for the sake of singing, but to entertain the masses with his sense of humor and to appear on television. He does not speak proper English and instead speaks Crunk. An extended audition of Leroy Wells is also available on The Worst of American Idol DVD, in which he improvised "I Feel Good". Leroy was incarcerated at the time the episode aired, but was allowed to watch the show.
  • Joseph Land auditioned in Las Vegas and claimed that he was 28 years old, the maximum age allowed for the competition. All the judges, however, were skeptical of Land's claim, because he appeared to be much older than 28. The Chyron graphics displaying his stats even showed his age as "28" (including the quote marks). After his audition received unanimous negative feedback from the judges, Land finally admitted to being 44 years old.
  • The Maynard triplets – Mandy, Missy and Erin Maynard were also noted for their televised audition. They were 18 years old and auditioned in St. Louis. Maynard Triplets official website
  • Comedian Chris Wylde aka Christopher Noll auditioned as a rapping nanny. Many fans of the show recognized Wylde from his various television appearances, but the show itself never indicated that Wylde was anything other than a serious audition. This led to widespread speculation on newsgroups and forums devoted to the show that the audition process, and in particular the really bad auditions, were largely staged. Wylde's audition was also included on The Worst of American Idol DVD, again with no acknowledgement that the audition was a prank.

Hollywood Round One

A total of 193 contestants made it to Hollywood. 96 were cut at this point, a few of which include:

  • Regina Brooks was noted for selling an expensive engagement ring in order to afford the airfare to fly to the audition.
  • Briana Davis, who stood out with her blue hair and gothic looks, performed the theme of the Phantom of the Opera in an operatic soprano in her first audition.
  • Jeff Johnson
  • Rich Molfetta auditioned with his twin brother, J.P. J.P. did not make the Hollywood round.
  • Emily Neves first performed Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun", and was commented by the judges for being highly energetic. She had to sing a second song, "Different Drum" before getting the green light to Hollywood.
  • Patrick Norman
  • Francisco Torres

Hollywood Round Two

97 contestants remained at this point, where the contestants were put into groups. 22 were cut, including:

  • Lamar Jefferson
  • Aaron Kelly was one of the boys portrayed as a rocker in his group.
  • Nicholas Kolbosky
  • Elizabeth Pha (nee Chandara), born in Cambodia, entered the audition wearing a fishnet tube dress. The judges were a bit put off by the dress, but her voice won them over. During the second Hollywood round, she did not get along with her group members, claiming that they ostracized her. They countered that she was uncooperative. During the group performances, Pha did not sing the lyrics she was to learn (their song was "Where Did Our Love Go), but merely harmonized with the music. All the judges called her out on this; Simon Cowell even asked, "How difficult can it be to learn, 'baby, baby, where did your love go'?" After she was cut, she cried that the whole experience had been unfair. Pha has since released an independent album. Official site

Hollywood Round Three

75 contestants remained at this point (including Marlea Stroman who left the competition, see below). 30 were cut, including:

  • Larry Ellis
  • Sharon Galvez was known as a cocktail waitress who had plenty of experience in the clubs in Las Vegas.
  • Angel Higgs was a music teacher from Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • Aa'Shia Jackson was a 16-year-old rapper who performed an original composition for her initial audition.
  • Rashida Johnson lost her voice early in the Hollywood round and struggled with it; but managed to perservere.
  • Michael Liuzza
  • Sean McNeill
  • Dezmond Meeks was known for his acrobatic moves in the audition and split the judges. He sang "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)". Dezmond Meeks was much supported in the early rounds of the competition by Paula Abdul, whose support subsequently wavered.
  • Kurtis Parks
  • Jennifer Todd
  • Shunta Warthen was shown having got on the wrong bus when the 193 Hollywood contestants split up on the first day in Hollywood; she had to find every which way back - which she did.
  • Ross Williams became well known as one of several crooners in Season 4.
  • Carrie Zaruba was one of the group members at odds with Elizabeth Pha in the previous round.


  • Marlea Stroman was the first contestant to ever drop out of the Hollywood round on his or her own decision; in her case it was due to the health of her young son, who was sick at the time of the tapings.

Final Cutdown

New for this season, the final cuts were taken several weeks after the Hollywood rounds, cutting 44 down to 24 without benefit of any new performances from the competitors. Those cut then include:

  • J.R. Aquino
  • Jaclyn Crum, at 16, was the youngest contestant to make it to Hollywood, and had to deal with her mother being sent to the hospital midway through the Hollywood round for a severe case of food poisoning. She was the last contestant to be eliminated in Hollywood before Amanda Avila (who got the last spot in the top 24).
  • Erin Furey
  • Ivan Ganchev
  • Faith Gatewood
  • Nathan Herron
  • Kim Holloway
  • Jamar Jefferson
  • Matthew Kester
  • Jamie Paul Koehler
  • Rachel Leslie
  • Gina McFadden
  • Yolanda McIntosh
  • Tammy Nash
  • Warren Nolan
  • John Zisa, whose father was the mayor of Hackensack, New Jersey.


Because of the highly unbalanced finals in Series 3 where female contestants took a clear supermajority of the Final 12, rules were changed to prevent a similar incident from happening again.

This season also implemented new rules for the final portion of the contest. Instead of competing in semifinal heats in which the top vote-getters are promoted to the final round, 24 semifinalists were named -- 12 men and 12 women, who competed separately, with 2 of each gender being voted off each week until 12 finalists were left.

The semi-finalists who were eliminated:

Women Eliminated

Haley Amanda Avila (69458) was 22 years old when she auditioned in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is also her hometown. Before Idol, she graduated from a performing arts high school. She was voted off on March 9, 2005. Amanda is now a correspondent for the Fox Reality Channel's Reality Remix.

  1. "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" (Laura Branigan, 1983)
  2. "Turn the Beat Around" (Vicki Sue Robinson)
  3. "River Deep, Mountain High" (Tina Turner) - Eliminated 3/9/05
  • Amanda Avila's Idol profile
  • Amanda's Official Myspace Profile
Janay Castine (50687) was 16 years old when she auditioned in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is from Lawrenceville, Georgia. She was voted off on March 9, 2005.

  1. "I Wanna Love You Forever" (Jessica Simpson)
  2. "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)" (Blu Cantrell)
  3. "Dreaming of You" (Selena) - Eliminated 3/9/05
  • Janay Castine's Idol profile
Aloha Mischeaux (15368) was 18 years old when she auditioned in St. Louis, Missouri, which is also her hometown. She wore a flower in her hair when performing and was known for her exuberant personality and gospel singing style. She was voted off on March 2, 2005.

  1. "Work It Out" (Beyonce Knowles)
  2. "You Don't Know My Name" (Alicia Keys) - Eliminated 3/2/05
  • Aloha Mischeaux's Idol profile
Celena Rae Batchelor (3231) was 28 years old when she auditioned in Cleveland, Ohio. She is from Fort Worth, Texas and plays piano and clarinet. She first started singing in elementary school. Her vocal coach was Linda Septien, whom she hired for one year before auditioning on the show. She was voted off on March 2, 2005.

  1. "I Will Love Again" (Lara Fabian)
  2. "When the Lights Go Down" (Faith Hill) - Eliminated 3/2/05
  • Celena Rae's Idol profile
  • Celena Rae's official website
  • Celena's official Myspace profile
Melinda Lira (91018) was 18 years old when she auditioned in San Francisco, California. She is from Hanford. She started singing when she was 5. She was the first to be voted off on February 23, 2005.

  1. "The Power of Love" (Jennifer Rush/Celine Dion) - Eliminated 2/23/05
  • Melinda Lira's Idol profile
  • Melinda Lira's MySpace profile
Sarah Mather (31018) was 21 years old when she auditioned in Washington, D.C. She is from Wilmington, North Carolina. She started singing when she was 5. She had a vocal coach for 5 months and was singing in bands/ensembles when she was 7. She writes in a journal. Because she seemed upset during the results show at the way she was informed, she had difficulty with her farewell performance. She was voted off on February 23, 2005.

  1. "Get Ready" (The Temptations) - Eliminated 2/23/05
  • Sarah Mather's Idol profile
  • Sarah Mather's MySpace profile
  • Sarah Mather's Official Website

Men Eliminated

Travis Tucker (25918) was 21 years old when he auditioned in Washington, D.C. He is from Manassas, Virginia and co-founded the a capella group at the University of Virginia. He was voted off on March 9, 2005.

  1. "My Cherie Amour" (Stevie Wonder)
  2. "All Night Long (All Night)" (Lionel Richie)
  3. "Every Little Step" (Bobby Brown) - Eliminated 3/9/05
  • Travis Tucker's Idol profile
Joseph Murena (73998) was 26 years old when he auditioned in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is from Smithtown, New York. He first started singing when he was 16, to record a song for his mother's birthday. He has acted in local theaters and studies jujitsu. He was hypnotized to overcome his stage fright. He was voted off on March 2, 2005.

  1. "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" (Laura Branigan/Michael Bolton)
  2. "Let's Stay Together" (Al Green) - Eliminated 3/2/05
  • Joseph Murena's Idol profile
David Brown (50349) was 20 years old when he auditioned in New Orleans, Louisiana, his hometown. He started singing when he was 4 years old. He got professional training when he attended a performing arts school. He was voted off on March 2, 2005.

  1. "Never Can Say Goodbye" (Gloria Gaynor)
  2. "All In Love Is Fair" (Stevie Wonder) - Eliminated 3/2/05
  • David Brown's Idol profile
Jared Yates (20068) was 18 years old when he auditioned in St. Louis, Missouri. He is from Fort Walton Beach, Florida and moved to Danville, Illinois. He started singing when he was 14 while playing with his aunt's karaoke machine. He lives on a farm. He used to work at a mortuary. His house burned down on January 2, 2005. He was voted off on February 23, 2005.

  1. "How Could I" (Marc Anthony) - Eliminated 2/23/05
  • Jared Yates' Idol profile
  • Jared Yates' MySpace profile
  • Jared Yates' official website
Judd Harris (51885) was 27 years old when he auditioned in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is from New York City. He studied singing in high school and college, particularly "speech level singing" a technique created by his vocal coach Seth Riggs. He also studied acting and dance. He plays piano, guitar and kazoo. He is a graduate of New York University. He was voted off on February 23, 2005.

  1. "Travelin' Band" (Creedence Clearwater Revival) - Eliminated 2/23/05
  • Judd Harris' Idol profile
Mario Vazquez (69200) was 26 years old when he auditioned in Las Vegas. He is from New York City. He was originally one of the top 12, but dropped out of the competition on March 11, just days before the top 12's first performance, citing "personal issues," opening a spot in the final 12 for Nikko Smith, who had been voted off in the semi-finals the previous week.

  1. "Do I Do" (Stevie Wonder)
  2. "I Love Music" (The O'Jays)
  3. "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" (The Bee Gees)
  • Mario Vazquez's Idol profile
  • Mario Vazquez's MySpace profile
  • Mario Vazquez's official website

Top 12 Finalists

Carrie Underwood (14887) was born and raised in rural Checotah, Oklahoma, her parents own a farm ranch. She was 21 years old when she auditioned in St. Louis, Missouri. She was a senior at Northeastern University and also plays piano. Was profiled on show as never leaving Oklahoma, but records show she had several local band gigs nationwide and a studio album. She won a peacock feather hat.

  1. "Could've Been" (Tiffany)
  2. "Piece of My Heart" (Faith Hill/Janis Joplin)
  3. "Because You Love Me" (Jo Dee Messina)
  4. "When Will I Be Loved" (The Everly Brothers)
  5. "Alone" (Heart)
  6. "Independence Day" (Martina McBride)
  7. "Hello Young Lovers" (Johnny Mathis)
  8. "Love is a Battlefield" (Pat Benatar)
  9. "MacArthur Park" (Donna Summer)
  10. "When God Fearin' Women Get the Blues" (Martina McBride)
  11. "Trouble" (Elvis Presley)
  12. "Bless the Broken Road" (Rascal Flatts)
  13. "Sin Wagon" (The Dixie Chicks)
  14. "If You Don't Know Me by Now" (Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes)
  15. "Crying" (Roy Orbison)
  16. "Making Love Out of Nothing at All" (Air Supply)
  17. "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" (Shania Twain)
  18. "Inside Your Heaven- Winner 5/25/05
  19. "Independence Day" (Martina McBride)- Winner 5/25/05
  20. "Angels Brought Me Here" (Guy Sebastian)- Winner 5/25/05
  • Carrie Underwood's Idol profile
  • Carrie Underwood's official website
Bo Bice (40513) was 28 years old when he auditioned in Orlando, Florida. He is a veteran musician from Helena, Alabama. He was voted off on May 25, 2005 and was first runner-up.

  1. "Drift Away" (Dobie Gray)
  2. "Whipping Post" (Allman Brothers Band)
  3. "I'll Be" (Edwin McCain)
  4. "Spinning Wheel" (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
  5. "Time In a Bottle" (Jim Croce)
  6. "Remedy" (The Black Crowes)
  7. "Corner Of the Sky" (Pippin)
  8. "Free Bird" (Lynyrd Skynyrd) - Bottom 3
  9. "Vehicle" (Ides of March)
  10. "I Don't Want to Be" (Gavin DeGraw)
  11. "Stand By Me" (Ben E. King)
  12. "Heaven" (Los Lonely Boys)
  13. "It's a Great Day to Be Alive" (Travis Tritt)
  14. "For the Love of Money" (The O'Jays)
  15. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me" (Elton John)
  16. "In A Dream" (Badlands)
  17. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (The Rolling Stones)
  18. "Long Long Road" - Runner Up 5/25/05
  19. "Vehicle" (Ides of March) - Runner Up 5/25/05
  20. "Inside Your Heaven" - Runner Up 5/25/05
  • Bo Bice's Idol profile
  • Bo Bice's MySpace profile
  • Bo Bice's official website
Vonzell Solomon (37828) was 20 years old when she auditioned in Orlando, Florida and worked at a post office as a mail carrier. She is from Fort Myers. She was voted off on May 18, 2005.

  1. "Heatwave" (Martha & the Vandellas)
  2. "If I Ain't Got You" (Alicia Keys)
  3. "Respect" (Aretha Franklin)
  4. "Anyone Who Had A Heart"
  5. "Best Of My Love" (The Emotions)
  6. "I Have Nothing" (Whitney Houston)
  7. "People" (Funny Girl) - Bottom 3
  8. "Let's Hear It For the Boy" (Deniece Williams)
  9. "I'm Every Woman" (Chaka Khan)
  10. "I Turn to You" (Christina Aguilera) - Bottom 3
  11. "Treat Me Nice" (Elvis Presley)
  12. "When You Tell Me That You Love Me"
  13. "How Do I Live" (LeAnn Rimes)
  14. "Don't Leave Me This Way" (Thelma Houston)
  15. "I'll Never Love This Way Again" (Dionne Warwick) - Eliminated 5/18/05
  16. "Chain of Fools" (Aretha Franklin) - Eliminated 5/18/05
  17. "On the Radio" (Donna Summer) - Eliminated 5/18/05
  • Vonzell Solomon's Idol profile
  • Vonzell Solomon's MySpace profile
  • Vonzell Solomon's official website
Anthony Fedorov (3674) was 19 years old when he auditioned in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a Bucks County Community College student. He is from Trevose, Pennsylvania. Widely known for his childhood health crisis. He was never trained professionally (vocally) and also stated in an interview that he plays piano; he "doesn't play professionally, but plays enough". His elimination is somewhat controversial due to the fact that his numbers were replaced with Carrie Underwood's on the performance night of his elimination. On the east coast the only correct number shown was the text voting one. Although FOX and the producers at 19 never mentioned or acknowledged this error, he was voted off one week after his 20th birthday on May 11.

  1. "Hold On to the Nights" (Richard Marx)
  2. "I Want to Know What Love Is" - (Foreigner)
  3. "I've Got You" (Marc Anthony)
  4. "Breaking Up is Hard to Do"
  5. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (Aretha Franklin & George Michael) - Bottom 3
  6. "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" (Elton John)
  7. "Climb Every Mountain" (The Sound of Music)
  8. "Everytime You Go Away" (Paul Young)
  9. "Don't Take Away the Music" (Tavares) - Bottom 3
  10. "I Surrender" (Celine Dion) - Bottom 3
  11. "Poison Ivy" (The Coasters) - Bottom 2
  12. "Incomplete" (Backstreet Boys) - Bottom 2
  13. "I'm Already There" (Lonestar) - Eliminated 5/11/05
  14. "If You Don't Know Me By Now" (Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes) - Eliminated 5/11/05
Scott Savol (502) was 28 years old when he auditioned in his hometown, Cleveland. He was a mall security guard. He was voted off on May 4, 2005.

  1. "You Are My Lady" (Freddie Jackson)
  2. "Never Too Much" (Luther Vandross)
  3. "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" (The Four Tops)
  4. "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" (The Temptations)
  5. "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" (Phil Collins)
  6. "One Last Cry" (Brian McKnight)
  7. "The Impossible Dream" (Man of La Mancha) - Bottom 3
  8. "She's Gone" (Hall & Oates) - Bottom 3
  9. "Everlasting Love" (Carl Carlton) - Bottom 3
  10. "Dance With My Father" (Luther Vandross)
  11. "On Broadway" (George Benson) - Bottom 3, Eliminated 5/4/05
  12. "Everytime You Go Away" (Brian McKnight) - Bottom 3, Eliminated 5/4/05
  • Scott Savol's Idol profile
  • Scott Savol's MySpace profile
  • Scott Savol's official website
Constantine Maroulis (25483) was 28 years old when he auditioned in Washington, D.C. He is from New York City and attended the prestigious Boston Conservatory (as well as Berklee College of Music) in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the lead singer of the rock band Pray for the Soul of Betty and auditioned without telling his family and bandmates. He was voted off on April 27, 2005.

  1. "Kiss From a Rose" (Seal)
  2. "Hard to Handle" (The Black Crowes)
  3. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" (The Police)
  4. "You've Made Me So Very Happy" (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
  5. "I Think I Love You" (The Partridge Family)
  6. "I Can't Make You Love Me" (Bonnie Raitt)
  7. "My Funny Valentine"
  8. "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Queen)
  9. "Nights On Broadway" (The Bee Gees)
  10. "How You Remind Me" (Nickelback) - Bottom 3, Eliminated 4/27/05
  • Constantine Maroulis' Idol profile
  • Constantine Maroulis' MySpace profile
  • Constantine Maroulis' official website
Anwar Robinson (29163) was 25 years old when he auditioned in Washington DC. He taught 8th grade music classes. He is from East Orange, New Jersey. He was voted off on April 20, 2005.

  1. "Moon River" (Breakfast at Tiffany's)
  2. "What's Going On" (Marvin Gaye)
  3. "What a Wonderful World" (Louis Armstrong)
  4. "A House Is Not a Home"
  5. "Ain't Nobody" (Chaka Khan)
  6. "I Believe I Can Fly" (R. Kelly) - Bottom 3
  7. "If Ever I Would Leave You" (Camelot)
  8. "I'll Never Love This Way Again" (Dionne Warwick)
  9. "September" (Earth, Wind & Fire) - Bottom 3; Eliminated 4/20/05
  • Anwar Robinson's Idol profile
Nadia Turner (91272) was 27 years old when she auditioned in San Francisco, California. She is from Tampa, Florida. She started singing when she was 5. She was voted off on April 13, 2005.

  1. "The Power of Love" (Ashley Cleveland)
  2. "My Love" (Paul McCartney)
  3. "Try A Little Tenderness" (Otis Redding)
  4. "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" (Dusty Springfield)
  5. "Time After Time" (Cyndi Lauper) - Bottom 3
  6. "I'm the Only One" (Melissa Etheridge) - Bottom 3
  7. "As Long As He Needs Me" (Oliver!)
  8. "When I Dream" (Crystal Gayle) - Bottom 3; Eliminated 4/13/05
  • Nadia Turner's Idol profile
  • Nadia Turner's MySpace profile
  • Nadia Turner's official website
Nikko Smith (13362) was 21 years old when he auditioned in St. Louis. His father is baseball legend Ozzie Smith, from which he received his birth name. Was originally eliminated in the semi-finals at the final cut on March 9, but was called back into the competition after Mario Vazquez dropped out when Smith's vote totals was the higher of the two eliminated male contestants. He was voted off the finals on April 6.

  1. "Part-Time Lover" (Stevie Wonder)
  2. "Let's Get It On" (Marvin Gaye)
  3. "Georgia On My Mind" (Ray Charles) - bottom 3, first elimination
  4. "I Want You Back" (The Jackson 5)
  5. "Incomplete" (Sisq)
  6. "Can We Talk" (Tevin Campbell)
  7. "One Hand, One Heart" (West Side Story) - Bottom 3, Eliminated 4/6/05
  • Nikko Smith's Idol profile
  • Nikko Smith's MySpace profile
  • Nikko Smith's official website
Jessica Sierra (41368) was 18 years old when she auditioned in Orlando, Florida. She is from Tampa, Florida. She was a former Star Search contestant. She was voted off on March 30, 2005.

  1. "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" (Phil Collins)
  2. "A Broken Wing" (Martina McBride)
  3. "The Boys Are Back In Town" (Thin Lizzy/The BusBoys)
  4. "Shop Around" (Smokey Robinson) - Bottom 3
  5. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" (Bonnie Tyler)
  6. "On The Side Of Angels" (LeAnn Rimes) - Bottom 3, Eliminated 3/30/05
  • Jessica Sierra's Idol profile
  • Jessica Sierra's MySpace profile
  • Jessica Sierra's official website
Mikalah Gordon (68116) was 16 years old when she auditioned in her hometown, Las Vegas, where she worked as a waitress for an oxygen bar. She was voted off on March 24, 2005.

  1. "Young Hearts Run Free"
  2. "God Bless the Child"
  3. "Somewhere" (West Side Story)
  4. "Son of a Preacher Man" (Dusty Springfield) - Bottom 3
  5. "Love Will Lead You Back" (Taylor Dayne) - Bottom 3, Eliminated 3/24/05
  • Mikalah Gordon's Idol profile
  • Mikalah Gordon's MySpace profile
  • Mikalah Gordon's official website
Lindsey Cardinale (52808) was 19 years old when she auditioned in New Orleans. She was a radiology-major student. She was born in Hammond and raised in Ponchatoula. She was voted off on March 16, 2005.

  1. "Standing Right Next to Me" (Karla Bonoff)
  2. "I Try to Think About Elvis" (Patty Loveless)
  3. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (Aerosmith)
  4. "Knock On Wood" (Eddie Floyd) - Bottom 3, Eliminated 3/16/05
  • Lindsey Cardinale's Idol profile

For the May 18 show featuring the final three, a guest judge, legendary record producer Clive Davis was added. He chose the first song each performer would sing. Davis had produced some of these songs previously in his career. The second song was "performer's choice" and could be any song from any era. In an unprecedented move, Bo Bice performed his choice completely a cappella. For the third and final song of the night, one of the standard judges (Jackson, Abdul or Cowell) chose each contestant's selection. Vonzell Solomon was the 10th contestant voted off the Top 12 on Wednesday May 18th.

Theme weeks

  • Final 2: Grand Finale
  • Final 3: Three songs per contestant
Contestant's choice, Judge's choice and Clive Davis's choice
  • Final 4: Country/Gamble & Huff
  • Final 5: Leiber & Stoller/Billboard Top 40
  • Final 6: Songs of the 21st Century
  • Final 7: 1970s dance music
  • Final 8: Songs from the contestant's year of birth
  • Final 9: Songs from Broadway musicals
  • Final 10: Songs from the 1990s
  • Final 11: Billboard #1's
  • Final 12: Songs from the 1960s

Performances on results shows

  • Final 2: "Up Were We Belong"
  • Final 3: "United We Stand"
  • Final 4: "Islands In The Stream"
  • Final 5: "Bridged Over Troubled Water"
  • Final 6: "Emotion" (original artist: The Bee Gees)
  • Final 7: "You Can Shine"
  • Final 10: "Everything Is Beautiful"
  • Final 11: "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"
  • Final 12: "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" (original artist: Dolly Parton)


The fourth season finale featuring Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood aired May 24-May 25, and 37 million votes were cast. It featured appearances by former auditioners, and celebrity cameos by Kenny G, Rascal Flatts, David Hasselhoff, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, George Benson, Billy Preston, Babyface and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The winner of the competition was Carrie Underwood.

In a nod to the "Diana knew she'd been eliminated by the performance order" controversy of AI3, neither contestant sang the winner's single, "Inside Your Heaven", before the results were announced.

Elimination History

Female Male Top 12 Top 24
Note: Bottom 2 indicates that the contestant was 'saved' last. This may or may not indicate his or her actual vote rank.

Stage: Semi-Finals Finals
Week: 2/23 3/2 3/9 3/16 3/24 3/30 4/6 4/13 4/20 4/27 5/4 5/11 5/18 5/25
Place Contestant Result
1 Carrie Underwood Winner
2 Bo Bice Btm 2 Runner-Up
3 Vonzell Solomon Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 2 Elim
4 Anthony Fedorov Btm 3 Btm 2 Btm 2 Btm 2 Elim
5 Scott Savol Btm 2 Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
6 Constantine Maroulis Elim
7 Anwar Robinson Btm 2 Elim
8 Nadia Turner Btm 2 Btm 3 Elim
9 Nikko Smith Elim1 Elim
10 Jessica Sierra Btm 3 Elim
11 Mikalah Gordon Btm 2 Elim
12 Lindsey Cardinale Elim
13 Mario Vazquez Withdrew2
14 Travis Tucker Btm 3 Elim
15 Amanda Avila Elim
16 Janay Castine Elim
17 Joseph Murena Elim
18 David Brown Elim
19 Aloha Mischeaux Elim
20 Celena Rae Elim
21 Judd Harris Elim
22 Sarah Mather Elim
23 Jared Yates Elim
24 Melinda Lira Elim
1Nikko was originally eliminated in a semi-finals results show, He was called back after Mario Vazquez dropped out of American Idol and he replaced Mario on the final 12.

2Mario was originally joined in the top 12. A few days later, he dropped out of American Idol for personal reasons.



Major releases

  • Some Hearts (Carrie Underwood ) (2005) Arista Records- 4.5 Million copies sold.
  • Inside Your Heaven (Carrie Underwood) (2005) RCA Records
  • The Real Thing (Bo Bice) (2005) RCA Records - 850,000 copies sold.
  • Inside Your Heaven (Bo Bice) (2005) RCA Records
  • Gallery (Mario Vazquez) (2006) J Records - 8,000 copies sold.

Minor or independent releases

(This list does not include pre-Idol releases)

  • Boom! (Jared Yates)
  • It's Christmas Time (Jamie Paul Koehler)
  • Melinda (Melinda Lira)
  • Shaken (Jeff Johnson)
  • Something for Everyone (Kurtis Parks)
  • The Moon & The Stars (Elizabeth Pha aka Chandara)
  • Anwar Robinson (Anwar Robinson)
  • Nothing Like A Dream/Drive (Lindsey Cardinale) - single


The computer program DialIdol was in development during season 4. It was finished by week 6 and was used to predict the voting results from the top 6 to top 2.

However, it was not made available to the general public until season 5.


  • This season brought attention to the alleged Corey Clark and Paula Abdul "sex scandal". The finale show included a parody segment spoofing the alleged scandal.
  •, of Survivor Sucks, made headlines when Scott Savol received the most votes and made it into the final five.
  • Simon Cowell said on the fifth season of Idol that he didn't like "last year's winner" as much as Kellie Pickler, a top12 Season 5 finalist. He has since said that it was a heat of the moment thing, as Carrie had performed on the show the week before.

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