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Elliott Yamin Biography

Birth Name:
Ephraim Yamin
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Singer, reality-show contestant

Fast Facts

  • Family moved from California to Virginia when he was a tween
  • Worked at a shoe store, at a pharmacy and as a DJ for an R&B station
  • Has lost 90% of hearing in his right ear and has Type 1 diabetes
  • Says his most embarrassing moment on American Idol occurred during the Hollywood auditions when he forgot the opening words to a song
  • In 2010, visited Africa with Idol judge Kara DioGuardi in support of the fund-raising initiative "Idol Gives Back
  • " Competed at an international song festival in Vina del Mar, Chili, in February 2010
  • While he was there, an 8
  • 8-magnitude earthquake struck
  • Served as an on-location reporter in the aftermath of the Chilean earthquake, relaying information to media outlets, including Larry King Live



    • Scott Yamin--Brother
    • Jodi Queen--Half Sister
    • Claudette Yamin--Mother