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American Idol Finalists Previewed - Hicks and McPhee In, Yamin Out

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Based on data from DialIdol and some intuition on our part, here's your American Idol final two: Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee.

That's right, it's time for Elliot Yamin to go home. McPhee's stellar version of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" will likely be enough to push her past Yamin's three good, if not great, performances. Perhaps Yamin can become Paula Abdul's cabana boy...

Have your say in the comment section, but note that we're pretty good at this predicting stuff...

Update: Certainly Katharine McPhee grabing her boobs and rolling around on piece of foam like a porn star won't hurt her chances, though at this point it won't help either... Thanks to TMZ and Dave McGurgan for the heads up...

Update 2: Right again... This week we've got the vote totals.


Update 3:: With Katharine and Taylor in the final two it's time to shut down this comment thread. Head on over to the final two thread.


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Comments (37)

If that stupid Katherine wi... (Below threshold)

If that stupid Katherine wins this competition, I will never watch American Idol again... I swear!

*sigh*

gosh, guys, may i have your... (Below threshold)
Joe:

gosh, guys, may i have your autograph?

WELL PEOPLE NEED TO QUIT HA... (Below threshold)
Mari:

WELL PEOPLE NEED TO QUIT HATING ON MCPHEE CAUSE SHE'S THE SHIT!! YAMIN COULD SING BUT HE'S ONE UGLY MUG AND HICKS IS TOO OLD LOOKING HE SHOULD HV THOUGHT ABOUT BEING AND IDOL YEARS AGO!!! AND THATS,THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!MCPHEE SHOULD BE THE NEXT AMERICAN IDOL

<a href="http://www.zabasea... (Below threshold)
Rick13:
Elliot is soooo overrated a... (Below threshold)
psychic cassandra:

Elliot is soooo overrated as a singer...every Elliot performance I've heard has had its share of "off-key" moments. McPhee has a lovely voice - better suited to Broadway/musical theatre than being the American Idol...Seems that Taylor will win, almost by default...although you have to agree, it is an odd choice...

McPhee all the way although... (Below threshold)
Cindy:

McPhee all the way although I like Taylor just as well. Elliott just doesn't have the look or poise to carry it off.

well Chris should've won th... (Below threshold)
Jamie:

well Chris should've won the whole thing! its not even worth watching anymore!

CHRIS SHOULD HAVE WON BUT N... (Below threshold)
jessica:

CHRIS SHOULD HAVE WON BUT NOW I FEEL KAT WILL TAKE IT ALL

Katharine's version of "Som... (Below threshold)
twincrks:

Katharine's version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" last night was the bomb. Her voice is lovely, she rocks and she's so very nice to look at. Sweet Idol package all together. Looking forward to hearing and seeing more of her, whether she wins or not., BUT.... She DESERVES to win! (as long as Chris is gone)

It seems that many of us di... (Below threshold)
Jon:

It seems that many of us didn't want to think that we were going to watch when Chris got the boot, and here we are. Curiosity no gets the better of me, maybe so I have the info to talk more crap about how stupid this show is. I'm an ADDICT. dammit

It's a phony scam....wake u... (Below threshold)
Brook:

It's a phony scam....wake up america ////we never
do see the vote totals do we?...figure it out ...
it's a total joke....how do you know if your vote
counted or not...get real it's a scam...it's not
legitimate.

Taylor Hicks all the way! H... (Below threshold)
Barney:

Taylor Hicks all the way! He gets the crowd moving, there's Soul and Passion in his music.

Elliott Yamin's got a good voice, though he lacked the emotion in last night's show.

Katherine McPhee is a bore! She's not going to go very far if she has to sit on stage and act all pretty throughout all her songs. If she wins, then something went terribly wrong!

Chris should still be there, but something went wrong!

I agree that Chris has an i... (Below threshold)

I agree that Chris has an incredible voice, but Elliot showed the greatest improvement in this season. I really grew to like his performances, especially "A Song For You" from a few weeks ago.

Chris' problem was that he was a one trick pony.

Week after week, he screamed and popped veins, but his songs all started sounding the same. It became, like, "Bryan Adams--as if performed by Fuel," and "[fill in the blank]--as if performed by Fuel," again and again. It got to be boring.

I would have preferred Taylor and Elliot in the final, but oh well.

I'm not getting the rainbow... (Below threshold)

I'm not getting the rainbow thing, the wife and I both thought it was incredibly boring...i think it was the first time I've heard that song sound boring, I guess that's what happens when she's not over the top...boredom.

McPiggy shows her true colo... (Below threshold)

McPiggy shows her true colors as the "class act" she appears to be. If she beats Taylor, can we get a close up of her wagging her finger in his face while shrieking "biayatttcchhhh!"

Chris should have been the ... (Below threshold)
Carl Costa:

Chris should have been the winner. Elliot is a nice guy, but he doesn't have that star quality. Even Paris had a better voice than him. What can I say about Katherine. Rainbow was BORING. Grabbing her boobs and rolling around the floor
predisposes her to a successful career in adult films. Taylor will win it. He has charisma, great soul voice, is always relaxed. He rocks the house.
I would have loved to see a final four of Chris, Taylor, Paris, and Elliot.

This season has been the pe... (Below threshold)

This season has been the perfect example of how the show is illegitimate in its premise. I don't for an instant believe that "the American votes" determine the winner.

Its never really bothered me and I figured almost everyone knew it to be true, but there were only two or three people in the final twelve that had marketability and star potential. Chris Daughtry won't be another Bo Bice, if he gets picked up by Fuel he will probably have a pretty decent career.

But to really point out the factor that should expose AI as a sham, look back to the first meeting with Simon and Taylor Hicks where Simon says "America won't vote for a guy with gray hair" or something to that effect. From that point on its been the underdog story, and nearly every episode has been couched and crafted to "prove Simon wrong" and give Hicks the most postitive exposure possible. The entire season Simon has ridden Hicks hard, and for him to win will be the perfect TV Ending.

Remember at the end of the day this is a TV show, and crafting drama that hooks viewers and pulls in ratings is the goal. Having Hicks win does this.

OMG why do people hate elli... (Below threshold)
kathleeen:

OMG why do people hate elliot??? He is so much better than katherine. she's such a bitch. i'm sick of her and her fat ass. she thinks she's all that. Elliot is so fitting for an american idol. and idol is someone you should look up to and he is an awesome guy... so nice! plus a GREAT GREAT GREAT voice. katherine should've been outway before chris or even paris... Taylor better win i don't want that whore to win american idol... gross
I SO agree w/ u sarah-Jean!!!!!

OMG!!! If CATHARINE wins Am... (Below threshold)
Catharine-Hater:

OMG!!! If CATHARINE wins American Idol I will just DIE!!! ewwwww i cant believe that she has made it this far!!! Elliott should have totally been in the final 2!!! OMG i am sooooooooo rooting for Taylor...

ps
Who the heck thought of the "McFever"?!?!?!?!? OH GAG ME WITH A SPOON!!!

Oh I'm so happy!She ... (Below threshold)
David:

Oh I'm so happy!
She finally made it
Katharine has beautiful voice and her singing is controled, not like some other singers who just shout out..
anyways I have to congrats Elliott as well for making it to this far. He's a great singer, and a nice guy. I wish him the best!

katharine should go home th... (Below threshold)
kelly:

katharine should go home theres nothing special about her. shes like every other singer out today. elliot and chris should of been in the finale they were both amazing and had wonderful personalities but now since neither of them can win i think taylor should becasue hes different, and i hope katharine finally goes home

The best singers have a uni... (Below threshold)
Jay:

The best singers have a unique quality to their voice. No one else sounds like them. As much as I liked the final 10 or so singers in this competition, none of them had a particularly unique sound. I think Elliott came closest. Kat is adorable and Taylor is a lot of fun to watch, but the only cd I would buy would be one by Elliott.

Can you all stop this nonse... (Below threshold)
S.a.r.a.h:

Can you all stop this nonsense?? The biatch, she/he sucks all that? It's really up to America.. To vote for their favourite. And if your idol is out, it should be his fans' fault cos they didn't vote enough.

i dun really like Paris, cos her talking voice is jsut soo like irritating than her singing voice.

the real american idols:<br... (Below threshold)
athena:

the real american idols:
paris, mandissa, katharine and Elliot.
taylor is so ugly he dosent sing well and danses so bad!! tuesday he looked constipated!! If Taylors wins, this american idol dosent work...

I think Katherine has a bea... (Below threshold)
Melissa:

I think Katherine has a beautiful voice and she is very very pretty, but I have heard a lot of people who sound exactly like her! No doubt she is a wonderful singer but I would much rather see someone who is unique win with a singular voice. Taylor is more unique than she is but I think Elliott was by far the most unique singer in the competition. I really liked Chris too!

Thank you for voting Chris ... (Below threshold)
Will:

Thank you for voting Chris off..... He is an ass and can't sing!!! Rocker suck and are dead...

Go Jazz and The Soul Patrol, now that is real music!!

Katt and Taylor are the tops, just wish Paris could have been in the top three!!!!!!!

Sould have been Taylor win, then Paris, then Katt..

Elliot was my favorite and ... (Below threshold)
Alia:

Elliot was my favorite and i cried so hard when he left.

Elliot was my favorite and ... (Below threshold)
Alia:

Elliot was my favorite and i cried so hard when he left. Now i want Taylor to win and if Katherine wins i will shoot myself!

Katherine McPhee...did you ... (Below threshold)
LMS:

Katherine McPhee...did you read her latest interview on USAToday? What a bitch. If there were any doubt of it or that she is a self absorbed souless glass eye'd bag of hair this interview should remove any remnant of it.
I, and many of us are voting Taylor just to take it away from this creep. If she were a guy or not pretty, you'd all be calling her creep. Her mother is a creep too. Her dad is just a sap. Kinda feel sorry for him. Can't be pissed at him, he's just a sap. But her MOTHER - her behavior was horrid. Can see why Kat is the way she is. Her mother was wagging her head around at the camera and I wanted to puke. Katherine sounds like a million other Clarkson wannabes. Ech.
Ech.

Go Taylor hicks Tayl... (Below threshold)

Go Taylor hicks
Taylor is bye far better than Mcphee and win people say Elliot was unique
They should of jest sad boring he was a nice guy but not that good of a singer and
With Chris gone I hope Taylor takes Kathryn out

DONT PUT A RED "X" ON... (Below threshold)
Chelsea:

DONT PUT A RED "X" ON ELLOITT'S FACE!! That is very rude of you! Just because he got voted off doesnt mean you can just scribble on his FACE!
By the way Taylor better NOT win American Idol. What is so good about him anyways! He cant even sing!

By the way...Why do you all... (Below threshold)
Chelsea:

By the way...Why do you all dislike Elliott? He has a great voice and he deserves to win American Idol. He really did. I balled my eyes out for 14 mins!

Elliott was by far the best... (Below threshold)
Deanne:

Elliott was by far the best singer in the competition. I hope he has the chance to make a cd. As for him not being the most handsome guy in the world, look at some of these singers on MTV and then get back to me on that one. Elliott's looks are just fine, I'd date him if he wasn't already taken. As for Kat, she sings well, at times, and at other times she sings completely off key. She should have been kicked off the show weeks ago when she sang off key on one song and forgot her words on the next song, I mean how much worse can you screw up than that! I think Taylor is fun to watch, but not very talented in the vocal department. However, I will be voting for him like crazy on finale night so that he can beat Katherine. Then her parents can see what it feels like to have everyone happy and clapping for Taylor while their little princess gets booted and that will serve them right.

go for it girl find another... (Below threshold)
carl:

go for it girl find another song your vocals and you will win stretch those lungs good luck

ELLIOTT SHOULD HAVE TOTALLY... (Below threshold)
E-TRAIN:

ELLIOTT SHOULD HAVE TOTALLY WON OR ATLEAST GOT TO THE TOP 2!! I CRIED SOOO MUCH WHEN HE GOT VOTED OFF! IF HE MAKES AND ALBUM....ID TOTALLY GET IT!! TAYLOR IS A GOOD ENTERTAINER BUT NOT THAT GOOD OF A SINGER! KATHERINE IS OK BUT NOT GREAT!! I REALLY DONT LIKE EITHER OF THEM! I WISH IT WOULD BE ELLIOTT AND CHRIS AT THE END!!

we think taylor has it he h... (Below threshold)
Dawn n Dave:

we think taylor has it he has soul and the voice and katherine yes shes pretty but hello america she keep forgettin the lyrics...if u forget the lyrics then what u goin to do in ur concert? think about that...chris was great but taylor will win...GO TAYLOR!!!!!!!!!!SOUL PATROL ALL THE WAY!!!!!! WOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

First off, Chris should hav... (Below threshold)
Stephanie:

First off, Chris should have won, hands down. Since that's not the case anymore, Um, can we vote based on talent not teeth and T&A?? Who gives a sh!t what Elliot lookes like. He's not ugly and he could actually sing. Unfortunately, that isn't the case anymore either. He went home...

Taylor can sing, and he's so damn consistant. Kat can sing okay, as long as it's the right song and she isn't pretending to be Mariah... BUT she screwed up an Elvis song? Come on people, this is AMERICAN IDOL. I can't get over that,, forgot words to an ELVIS song?? Are you kidding me? When that chick screwed up Stevie Wonder, she was gone....rightfully so. Simply put, they are both going to have some type of careers in the music business...so quit bitching. How about we vote for the person who has NO bum notes, no 'forgotten' lyrics, and has class...


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