Approx. 580 Million Total Votes Cast
Along with Guest Performers Clay Aiken, Burt Bacharach, Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Al Jarreau, Live, Meat Loaf, Carrie Underwood and Dionne Warwick
On the fifth season of American Idol, Taylor Hicks was crowned the winner during the live two-hour season finale on Fox. Hicks, 29, from
Superstar singer/songwriter Prince made a surprise appearance on tonight’s grand finale, performing two songs from his new album “3121” – “Lolita” and “Satisfied.” The show also featured the Top 12 American Idol contestants performing with guest artists Clay Aiken, Burt Bacharach, Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Al Jarreau, Live, Meat Loaf and Dionne Warwick. Last season’s winner, Carrie Underwood, took the stage for the last time as the reigning American Idol, performing “Don’t Forget to
Hicks is the fifth American Idol to be crowned, joining Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia and Carrie Underwood as winners of the coveted title, a major recording contract and a management contract.
Tuesday night's final performance show had the audience on its feet, as Hicks and co-finalist Katharine McPhee each performed three songs. Hicks sang “Do I Make You Proud,” written by Absolute and Tracy Ackerman, while McPhee sang “My Destiny,” written by Harry Sommerdahl, Hanne Sorvag and Tim Baxter. In addition, Hicks sang "Living for the City” and "Levon” and McPhee sang "Over the Rainbow" and "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree." The night was topped off by Daniel Powter’s special performance of his hit single “Bad Day.”
Tuesday’s square-off featuring Hicks and McPhee marked American Idol 's highest-rated final performance show ever among Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers. As the talent competition wound down tonight, IDOL concluded a tremendous season – gaining 2% in Adults 18-49 and 12% in Total Viewers versus the same telecasts last year, and gaining +9% in Adults 18-49 and +14% in Total Viewers versus the same weeks last season.
(photo Left) Taylor Hicks of Birmingham, Alabama performs after being named the new 'American Idol' during the show's finale at the Kodak Theater in
(photo Right) Katharine McPhee (L) of