Our early ''American Idol'' favorites -- We pick who'll be left at the end of the fifth season of the Fox reality sensation

By Henry Goldblatt
Updated February 17, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST

American Idol

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MANDISA HUNDLEY
The plus-size pipestress should drop her surname as quickly as she did her hair during the Feb. 8 auditions. Fabulousness like that cries out for a single moniker.

CHRIS DAUGHTRY
Has won our love for being hot, devoted to his step-kids, and making us tolerate ”The First Cut Is the Deepest.” Now if only he’d lose the man jewelry.

PARIS BENNETT
She has lineage going for her — Grandma is Sounds of Blackness’ Ann Nesby. Plus, she has the opportunity to cleanse a very sullied first name.

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KATHARINE McPHEE
The downside: She’s got a potentially grating stage mom tagging along. The upside: Have you heard that voice, Kelly Clarkson?

American Idol

Ryan Seacrest hosts as Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan guide aspiring singers on their way to superstardom.
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