Richmond Va native Elliott Yamin was voted off American Idol in theÂ smallest voting margin of any American Idol race.Â With 50 Million votes counted for the 5-17-06 vote off, Elliott Yamin received 33.06 % of the votes.Â
The Two American Finalist Katharine McPhee and Taylor Hicks received the other 33.68% and 33.26% of the 50 Millions votes that were counted.Â At the Idol-Mania Household, we got busy signals for 2 1/2 hours so our votes were never counted.Â
Â Wonder what percentages other people that attempted to vote and didn’t get recorded would have meant to the final standings.Â I think a new voting system needs to be in place for next season or too many disgruntled fans will stop watching under the current conditions.
Regardless Elliott Yamin was voted off American Idol on 5-17-06.Â He will make the normal social appearances on several TV talk shows and join the other 10 voted off American Idol Contestants to perform for the two Hour American Idol Final on Tuesday 5-23-06.
Elliott’s Hometown newspaper the Richmond Times Dispatch has this to say about it’s home town Idol:Â
After 13 weeks of competition on Foxâ€™s “American Idol,” Richmonder Elliott Yamin was eliminated from the contest in tonight’s results show.
This ends Yaminâ€™s remarkable journey as a potential American Idol, winner of a $1 million recording contract and the guaranteed publicity that surrounds the winner.
But it doesnâ€™t end his association with the show.
For starters, heâ€™ll be back Wednesday, along with the other 11 finalists, as part of the two-hour season finale that crowns the next Idol, who will either be Taylor Hicks or Katharine McPhee.
Yamin, as one of the final 10 contestants, is also part of the “AI” summer concert tour that stops at the Richmond Coliseum July 29. (Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.)
And, if the Idol castoff schedule holds true, TV viewers can expect to see him make the rounds of a half-dozen talk shows over the next several days, including Mondayâ€™s “Live with Regis and Kelly” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”; and Tuesdayâ€™s “Today” – subject to change.
Back in February, when the 24 “American Idol” finalists were announced, Yamin, 27, was considered a long shot.
Unlike some contestants who already had their own band (Taylor Hicks and Chris Daughtry), or a mother who was a singing coach (Katharine McPhee), or pop-idol good looks (Ace Young), Yaminâ€™s previous experience was winning a local karaoke contest.
He has also battled diabetes and told his “AI” audience several weeks ago that he has a pronounced hearing loss in one ear.
But his pitch-perfect style and challenging song choices had won both fans and judgesâ€™ accolades.
Judge Simon Cowell referred to the Richmond singer several times as one of the best male vocalists the show has ever had.
But the judge also warned Yamin more than once that he needed to show more personality.
This was one of those weeks.
After Yamin sang Journeyâ€™s “Open Arms,” his first of three songs on Tuesday, Cowell said that Yaminâ€™s performance was stiff. “You can do better than that,” he admonished the singer.
After his last song, Ray Charlesâ€™ “I Believe to My Soul,” Cowell told Yamin his songs would not carry him through to next week.
Cowell added a compliment, which, in retrospect, may have been his way of saying farewell. “You are a great guy, you are a great singer. And whatever happens, you will make your mum very proud for what youâ€™ve achieved in this competition.”
But the judges donâ€™t decide who advances in Foxâ€™s popular singing competition at this level. The viewers do, using a voting system that often depends more upon who can generate the most text messages and whose fans can maneuver busy phone lines than who is considered the best performer.
This week, Yamin and his fans lost.
Source: Richmond Times Dispatch.
Elliott you did good son and you made Richmond Fans and Fans across the Nation proud.Â Continue to stay “true to yourself” and you will reach stardom and success!
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