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American Idol Season 5 Episodes

41 Episodes 2006 - 2006

Episode 1

Auditions #1

Tue, Jan 17, 2006 120 mins

The fifth-season premiere features auditions in Chicago.

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Episode 2

Auditions #2

Wed, Jan 18, 2006 60 mins

Auditions are held in Denver.

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Episode 3

Auditions #3

Tue, Jan 24, 2006 120 mins

Auditions continue in Greensboro, N.C.

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Episode 4

Auditions #4

Wed, Jan 25, 2006 60 mins

Auditions continue.

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Episode 5

Auditions #5

Tue, Jan 31, 2006 60 mins

Auditions continue in Las Vegas.

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Episode 6

Auditions #6

Wed, Feb 1, 2006 60 mins

Auditions continue.

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Episode 7

Auditions #7

Tue, Feb 7, 2006 60 mins

The final auditions for the season are held in Las Vegas.

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Episode 8

Episode 8

Wed, Feb 8, 2006 60 mins

The Hollywood round begins.

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Episode 9

Episode 9

Tue, Feb 14, 2006 63 mins

The Hollywood round continues.

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Episode 10

Episode 10

Wed, Feb 15, 2006 62 mins

The 24 semifinalists---12 males and 12 females---are revealed.

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Episode 11

Episode 11

Tue, Feb 21, 2006 120 mins

The 12 female semifinalists perform.

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Episode 12

Episode 12

Wed, Feb 22, 2006 120 mins

The 12 male semifinalists perform.

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Episode 13

Episode 13

Thu, Feb 23, 2006 60 mins

Four contestants, two females and two males, are voted off.

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Episode 14

Episode 14

Tue, Feb 28, 2006 90 mins

Ten female semifinalists perform.

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Episode 15

Episode 15

Wed, Mar 1, 2006 90 mins

Ten male semifinalists perform.

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Episode 16

Episode 16

Thu, Mar 2, 2006 60 mins

Carrie Underwood returns to sing "Jesus, Take the Wheel." The four lowest vote getters of the 20 semifinalists are sent home, leaving 16 hopefuls to sing another day.

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Episode 17

Episode 17

Tue, Mar 7, 2006 60 mins

Eight female singers perform.

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Episode 18

Episode 18

Wed, Mar 8, 2006 60 mins

Eight male singers perform.

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Episode 19

Episode 19

Thu, Mar 9, 2006 60 mins

Bo Bice performs his single "The Real Thing," and four contestants are voted off.

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Episode 20

Episode 20

Tue, Mar 14, 2006 120 mins

The 12 finalists perform. The theme is the music of Stevie Wonder.

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Episode 21

Episode 21

Wed, Mar 15, 2006 30 mins

Stevie Wonder performs "My Love Is on Fire," and one of the 12 finalists is voted off.

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Episode 22

Episode 22

Tue, Mar 21, 2006 120 mins

The 11 finalists perform music from the 1950s. Also: The contestants meet Barry Manilow.

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Episode 23

Episode 23

Wed, Mar 22, 2006 30 mins

Barry Manilow performs a tune from his "Greatest Songs of the Fifties" CD, and one of the 11 finalists is voted off.

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Episode 24

Episode 24

Tue, Mar 28, 2006 60 mins

The 10 remaining finalists perform songs from the 21st century.

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Episode 25

Episode 25

Wed, Mar 29, 2006 32 mins

Shakira and Wyclef Jean perform "Hips Don't Lie," and one of the remaining 10 finalists is voted off.

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Episode 26

Episode 26

Tue, Apr 4, 2006 60 mins

The nine remaining finalists perform country songs.

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Episode 27

Episode 27

Wed, Apr 5, 2006 32 mins

Kenny Rogers performs, and one of the nine finalists is voted off.

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Episode 28

Episode 28

Tue, Apr 11, 2006 60 mins

The eight remaining finalists perform songs by legendary rock group Queen.

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Episode 29

Episode 29

Wed, Apr 12, 2006 62 mins

The eight finalists perform a Queen medley, then one of the remaining eight gets voted off, based on how they performed tunes from the rock group's songbook.

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Episode 30

Episode 30

Tue, Apr 18, 2006 60 mins

The seven remaining finalists sing standards from the classic American songbook.

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Episode 31

Episode 31

Wed, Apr 19, 2006 32 mins

Rod Stewart performs, and one of the seven remaining finalists is voted off.

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Episode 32

Episode 32

Tue, Apr 25, 2006 60 mins

The remaining six finalists perform classic love songs. Also: behind the scenes with Andrea Bocelli as he helps the contestants with their performances.

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Episode 33

Episode 33

Wed, Apr 26, 2006 32 mins

Andrea Bocelli sings "Because We Believe," and one of the six remaining finalists is voted off.

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Episode 34

Episode 34

Tue, May 2, 2006 60 mins

The five remaining finalists each perform two songs: one from the year of their birth and one from this week's Billboard Top 10 charts.

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Episode 35

Episode 35

Wed, May 3, 2006 32 mins

A finalist is voted off, leaving four to sing again next week.

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Episode 36

Episode 36

Tue, May 9, 2006 60 mins

The four remaining finalists perform songs by Elvis Presley. Also: a look at the group's trip to Graceland, where they are welcomed by Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley for an Elvis workshop with music mogul Tommy Mottola.

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Episode 37

Episode 37

Wed, May 10, 2006 32 mins

One of the remaining four finalists is voted off, based on their performance of Elvis Presley songs.

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Episode 38

Episode 38

Tue, May 16, 2006 60 mins

The three remaining finalists sing three songs: one chosen by the judges, one chosen by record mogul Clive Davis and one of their own choosing.

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Episode 39

Episode 39

Wed, May 17, 2006 60 mins

One of the three remaining finalists (Taylor Hicks, Elliott Yamin and Katharine McPhee) is voted off.

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Episode 40

Episode 40

Tue, May 23, 2006 60 mins

The last two finalists, Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee, perform, and Daniel Powter sings "Bad Day."

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Episode 41

Season Finale

Wed, May 24, 2006 120 mins

It's between Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee for the fifth Idol crown. Prince, Clay Aiken, Carrie Underwood, Live, Mary J. Blige, Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, Toni Braxton, Al Jarreau and Meat Loaf perform. America's choice is made known after a reunion of the Top 12 on the Kodak Theatre stage in Hollywood.

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