American Idol Finalists Hit Graceland Today

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American Idol had to bypass Memphis for a planned audition date late last summer because of regional havoc wrought by Katrina, but the hit Fox TV show has made amends by arranging for a brief tour of Memphis by the four surviving contestants. The young hopefuls were flown to Graceland after Wednesday night's Idol broadcast for instruction from the series’ latest guest guru, record exec (and former Mariah Carey flame) Tommy Mottola.

Tommy Mottola? Graceland? Don’t ask. Or, rather, ask Mr. Sillerman, Prsicilla, Scientology International, Kevin Kane, or all of the above. Somebody’ll know the connection. Anyhow, the four finalists – Taylor Hicks, Katharine McPhee, Chris Daughtry, and Elliot Yamin – were in town ostensibly to tune up with Mottola for next week’s performance round, after which one more of them will be Returned to Sender.

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