Teenage crooner John Stevens has been bounced from “American Idol,” leaving five finalists in Fox TV’s talent competition.
After last week’s viewer vote went against favorite Jennifer Hudson, the show’s judges said Wednesday night’s results made more sense. Stevens, George Huff and Jasmine Trias drew the smallest vote tallies.
“Definitely the right bottom three tonight,” judge Randy Jackson said.
Stevens, the 16-year-old redhead, initially endeared himself to viewers and judges with his Rat Pack singing style and wholesome image. But for several weeks now, stronger singers have outshined him.
La Toya London, Fantasia Barrino and Diana DeGarmo were in the top tier Wednesday night. Last week, the singers dubbed “The Three Divas” — Hudson, London and Barrino — ended up with the low vote counts. That result provoked cries of protest and allegations ranging from vote-rigging to racism because all three women are black.
Even pop star Elton John, who has participated in the show recently, said he suspected racial bias was a factor in the voting.
But the show’s producers said viewers had become complacent and expected the three strong performers would be safe. Viewers decide the contest, with judges Jackson, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul weighing in with their comments.
The winner gets a recording contract and instant fame.