What is going on?

First, American idol Taylor Hicks signs his record deal with Clive Davis (J Records), making him labelmates with Alicia Keys, Gavin DeGraw, Ruben Studdard, and Fantasia, among others. No surprise there. Then his runner-up Katharine McPhee signs her record deal, also with J Records. No real surprise there either. Then Davis signs up rocker Chris Daughtry, an unusual move there, given that Daughtry did, in fact, end up 4th; Daughtry becomes Hicks and McPhee’s labelmates. And now, in a shocker that’s gotten me in a bit of a whirl, 6th placer Kellie Pickler signs a record deal with BNA Records, giving the blonde country girl a record contract and bragging rights to the same record label as Kenny Chesney, Terri Clark, and Lonestar.

In the midst of all this signing, where are the record deals of the two most talented individuals in the Top 6? Who is signing up 3rd placer Elliot Yamin and 5th placer Paris Bennett?

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