Also Credited As:Daughtry
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Daughtry's Southern rock sound quickly set him apart from the other finalists. Week after week, the bald-headed rocker received positive reviews from the judges and fans, particularly after his powerful rendition of Fuel's hit single, "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" (2000), that even resulted in Fuel offering Daughtry a spot as their new lead singer. The contestant shockingly declined, and went on to become the season-long front-runner, thanks to nearly flawless performances of rock classics like Queen's "Innuendo" (1991) and Styx' "Renegade" (1979). Based on his show-stopping performances and glowing comments from the judges, it was widely believed that Daughtry would be one of the finalists. But with only four weeks of competition left, he found himself on the verge of elimination along with contestant Katharine McPhee, whom the judges and many viewers believed deserved to go home due to her lackluster performance the night before. In what most viewers consider the program's most shocking turn of event, Daughtry was eliminated from the fourth round of the semi-finals. The shock on both his face and McPhee's was telling. Following his departure from "Idol," he released his debut album, Daughtry (2006). Fueled by the hit singles "It's Not Over," "Home," and "What About Now," the album shot up to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts, and won an American Music Awards for Favorite Pop-Rock Album in 2007.