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Elliott Yamin (Arabic: اٍبراهيم يمين), (Ibrahim Yamin) (Hebrew: אליוט ימין) (born Efraym Elliott Yamin on July 20, 1978) is an American singer known for his hit single "Wait for You" and placing third on the fifth season of American Idol.His self-titled album, released March 20, 2007, debuted at No.Everything stays the same I just can't do it, baby What will it take to make you come back?Girl, I told you what it is, and it just ain't like that Why can't you look at me?On October 8, 2006, Yamin performed at the Virginia State Fair as the closing act.He was the first contestant from Season 5 to have his own solo concert.
Yamin was born in Los Angeles, California, to father Shaul Yamin, a Jewish Israeli of Iraqi Jewish descent, and mother Claudette Goldberg Yamin (d.A history of ear infections as a child and eardrum replacement surgery at 13 left Yamin with 90% hearing loss in his right ear.He was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at the age of 16 and wears an insulin pump to help him manage his diabetes. Yamin first discovered his vocal talent while singing karaoke in his late teens. Dropping out of high school in his sophomore year, he later achieved a high school GED while working at Foot Locker (in their management program), a pharmacy, and as an on-air disc jockey for local R&B radio station WCDX/Power 92 FM, using the name E-Dub — before auditioning for American Idol.On June 11, 2006, he performed the national anthem a cappella at Game 2 of the NBA finals.
He also appeared in the annual Pop Tart-sponsored national American Idols LIVE! The tour included a sold-out show at the Richmond Coliseum in Yamin's hometown.Yamin also released two Christmas collections: Sounds of the Season: The Elliott Yamin Holiday Collection in October 2007 and My Kind of Holiday in October 2008.