May 17, 2006 09:58 PM by Joe Blackmon
In perhaps the most emotional American Idol exit ever, Elliott Yamin was eliminated from the American Idol competition by only a fraction of a percent. In a visit back to his hometown, Elliott Yamin was greeted with a hero’s welcome. Crowds lined the streets and people hung out of buildings to catch a glimpse of Elliott Yamin as he received a police escort around the city. On the way to throw out the first pitch at the local ballpark, Elliott road in a convertible with his mother, and one glimpse of her expression told the story that she couldn’t be prouder of her son.
The recap of his visit home proved to be overwhelming for Elliott, and he could be seen wiping tears away from his face as he stood on the stage with Ryan Seacrest. Paula Abdul was also overcome with emotion and shared in Elliott’s tears. Ryan Seacrest echoed the sentiments that millions of viewers were likely feeling at that moment and said “You’re a good man, Elliott.” For what would turn out to be his second to last performance on the show, Elliott sang “Mood For Love.”
When Elliott Yamin was later eliminated from the show by only the slimmest of margins, he handled himself with the dignity and grace befitting a champion. Ryan Seacreast said “This is not I’m sorry. This is congratulations for doing what you have done. The top three on this show.” Seacrest also led the audience in a round of applause for Elliott’s mom, and his mom said “I love you Elliott.” Elliott’s exit video also tugged on the heart strings as he told the camera “I’m just a counter clerk at a pharmacy. I’ve been waiting my whole life for a shot like this.” The humbleness of Elliott’s statements sums up perfectly why so many fans have rallied behind him. Elliott might be gone from the American Idol competition, but it is only the beginning for him.