Hicks, McPhee Compete For 'Idol' Crown

With last night's (May 17) ouster of Elliot Yamin, the field competing for the fifth "American Idol" crowd was winnowed to the final two contestants. Grey-haired Taylor Hicks of Birmingham, Ala., and

With last night's (May 17) ouster of Elliot Yamin, the field competing for the fifth "American Idol" crowd was winnowed to the final two contestants. Grey-haired Taylor Hicks of Birmingham, Ala., and Katharine McPhee of Los Angeles will face off on Tuesday night's final performance episode of the Fox series.

Results of next week's public vote will be revealed during Wednesday's fifth season finale. For the fourth time, both of the final shows will be held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

Daniel Powter, whose song "Bad Day" has been the theme for exiting contestant retrospectives throughout the season, will perform on Tuesday's show. Reigning "Idol" Carrie Underwood will perform her single “Don’t Forget To Remember Me” during Wednesday night's finale.

As in the past, the "Idol" winner will receive a recording contract within the BMG family of labels. BMG North America chairman and legendary producer Clive Davis appeared as a guest during this week's shows, choosing one song for each contestant to perform.

"Idol" host Ryan Seacrest reported during last night's broadcast that 50 million votes were cast to decide which hopeful singers would move on to the final round. In an unbelievably close tally, Yamin pulled in the lowest amount with 33.06% of the popular vote. It was not revealed which contestant drew the most.

As previously reported, the top 10 finalists will be reunited for this summer's American Idols Live tour. The run opens July 6 in Manchester, N.H.; tickets for most shows go on sale Saturday (May 20).