Elliott Yamin

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Elliot Yamin struggled through much of his childhood-he suffered from severe allergies and an ear ailment that eventually cost him most of the hearing in his right ear. He was also diagnosed with diabetes. But Elliott could always sing,and when he heard American Idol planned to audition contestants he drove more than 11 hours and stood in line all day before getting his opportunity to pursue stardom.

From among thousands of hopefuls, Elliot was picked to go Hollywood, where he ...

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Elliot Yamin struggled through much of his childhood-he suffered from severe allergies and an ear ailment that eventually cost him most of the hearing in his right ear. He was also diagnosed with diabetes. But Elliott could always sing,and when he heard American Idol planned to audition contestants he drove more than 11 hours and stood in line all day before getting his opportunity to pursue stardom.

From among thousands of hopefuls, Elliot was picked to go Hollywood, where he made the most of his chance during Idol's fifth season. Elliot worked hard to hone his talent, eventually finishing third in that year's competitive field. Elliot has since gone on to release two popular and successful albums and tour theworld, where he continues to find new enthusiastic fans, thanks to his soulful voice and zeal for performing.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amanda MacGregor
Before becoming a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol, Elliott Yamin was just a shy kid who loved music. In this title of the "Dream Big: American Idol Superstars" series, Yamin's life is recapped. A high school dropout at age sixteen, Yamin worked at a shoe store, a restaurant, a pharmacy, and a radio station. Always a big fan of music, Elliott drew inspiration from his mother, a former professional singer, and did some singing at local places before gaining the confidence to audition for American Idol. Yamin, an R&B singer, went on to finish in third place. He toured with his cast mates after the season wrapped and released an album panned by the critics that still managed to sell well. Since then, he has released two other albums and continues to tour. The multihued book contains full-color pictures on nearly every page. Unfortunately, the information presented in the captions is simply repeating facts from the main text, often on the same page. Unnecessary and awkwardly placed sidebars offer information only loosely related to the main text, interrupting the flow of the chapter. Each title in the series includes an American Idol time line, myriad quotes from the artist, bold words later defined in a glossary, a chronology, further reading and websites to visit, as well as lists of albums, awards, and nominations. It is difficult to imagine a large audience for most of the books in this series, especially as many of the seasons premiered long before the intended audience would have been watching the show and many of the seasons' top contestants have now fallen into near obscurity. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
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Table of Contents

American Idol Timeline 6

Chapter 1 The Soulful Dude 9

Chapter 2 The Shy Droupout 15

Chapter 3 Making Unknowns Into Stars 21

Chapter 4 Knocking Them Off Their Feet 33

Chapter 5 Local Hero 45

Chronology 58 Accomplishments & Awards 59

Glossary 60 Further Reading & Internet Resources 61

Index 62

Picture Credits 64

About the Author 64

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