May 17, 2006 09:09 PM by Joe Blackmon
It was the greatest comeback in American Idol history, but the story ended tonight for dark horse American Idol finalist Elliott Yamin. After stunning viewers with two breakout performances last week, Elliott Yamin went from certain elimination to making the top three. In a shocker that is still causing controversy, Chris Daughtry went home last week, and many believed that Elliott Yamin had a shot at winning the whole thing.
While Elliott Yamin was solid during the top three performance show, it was Katharine McPhee’s turn to shock viewers with a breakout performance. Katharine McPhee’s rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” was called “the single best performance of the competition to date” by Simon Cowell. While her other two performances were average, it turned out that “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was all that was needed.
Ryan Seacrest showed three numbers on the screen. The numbers were 33.68%, 33.26%, and 33.06%. Seacrest said that the three numbers represented the percentage of the 50 million votes that each contestant received. Seacrest then revealed that Elliott Yamin was the name behind the lowest percentage.
Elliott said "I’m very proud, and nothing doesn’t stop here. This is a great capult, a great stepping stone that most new artists don’t ever get to experience. I am trully blessed and privileged to have taken advantage of this opportunity."