Monday, September 19, 2011

#106 Kevin Covais

Next on my American Idol finalist countdown is Kevin Covais. He got 11th place on American Idol season 5. He bears a striking resemblance to Chicken Little. He also starred in the film called College. His music genre is blue-eyed soul. He is not on the Los Angeles Times American Idol power rankings list of May 31, 2010.

Kevin Patrick Covais was born to John and Patty Covais in Levittown, New York on Long Island on May 30, 1989. His father John Covais is a retired sheriff officer. Like me, Kevin Covais is the youngest of three. He has a brother and a sister. At the age of 11, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and receives insulin injections like his fellow American Idol season 5 finalist Elliott Yamin.

Covais began to sing at the age of 10 and has taken formal vocal training for four years. He has stated that established R&B star Brian McKnight and American Idol season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson are his musical influences. In the future, he plans to pursue a career as a recording artist, an actor, and a journalist.

Covais was a junior at Island Trees High School during his stint on American Idol. He graduated at the end of the 2006-2007 school year. He attended Island Trees Middle School. He is a member of the Drama Club and has played the lead role in several school plays including Brighton Beach Memoirs, Godspell, and Guys and Dolls. He was also a member of the Metropolitan Youth Chorale and the National Honor Society. During the 2005-2006 school year, he won the lead in the school's musical, Anything Goes, but he had to leave for American Idol season 5. He also won some competitions outside academia, such as Eisenhower Park's Reach for the Stars in 2003. He is also a fan of several teams based on New York, such as the New York Yankees, the New York Knicks, the New York jets, and he has followed many other teams.

Covais auditioned for American Idol season 5 in Boston, Massachusetts. On top 24 week, he performed "One Last Cry" by Brian McKnight; that song was previously sung by Rickey Smith on American Idol season 2. On March 9, 2006, he was voted into the top 12. Covais sarcastically dubbed himself the show's "sex symbol", while fellow season 5 finalist Paris Bennett called him "Chicken Little" for his purported resemblance to the Disney character.  Following one performance, Paula Abdul commented that she wanted to pinch Covais' cheeks. Ryan Seacrest sent him to where the female contestants were sitting, so that they could do so.

Covais made the top 12 over Gedeon McKinney, finishing second from last. He beat out Melissa McGhee to make it to the top 11. After performing "When I Fall in Love" by Doris Day, he was elminated getting 11th place on March 22, 2006. He was in the bottom three with Bucky Covington (my number 113 American Idol finalist) and Lisa Tucker.

Next up on my American Idol finalist countdown is my number 105 finalist. He is my least favorite finalist of American Idol season 10. He started his music career as a member of The Grand Magnolias. He was absent from the Providence, Rhode Island, iteration of the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2011.

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