‘American Idol’ judges were stunned Wednesday night, and several audience members booed, when viewers voted off one of the “divas” they were sure would make it to the final cut on the show. Viewers booted La Toya London, putting her last among four remaining contestants. “I think America got this one wrong this week,” Paula Abdul said. “I think it’s a travesty,” echoed Randy Jackson. Many pointed the finger at Jasmine Trias, who cried after a lackluster performance that was criticized by Simon Cowell and the others, perhaps winning the Hawaiian sympathy votes. The next lowest vote score went to Fantasia Barrino, with Trias and Diana DeGarmo making the top two.
George Huff Can Get Mad
May 12, 2004 – TV Guide Online spoke with ousted ‘American Idol’ George Huff about his constant happiness, and when was the last time he got really mad. “During the Barry Manilow week, I drank some hot tea in a very cold atmosphere and I lost my voice,” Huff said. “That performance was going to be much smoother than what it was on the television. I was very, very upset with myself. I knew you’re always supposed to drink room-temperature water in whatever case you’re in.”
Why Even Losers Win On ‘American Idol’
May 12, 2004 – Although ‘American Idol’ reject William Hung’s popularity is based on his awfulness, season two finalist Kimberley Locke tells the Toronto Star: “You can’t blame a person for taking an opportunity. That’s why we all do it.” Locke admitted that ‘Idol’ has accelerated her career as well. “For the rest of my life I’ll have to talk about American Idol, which is a good thing because I’m proud to have been a part of the show,” she said.
John Stevens On The Bright Side Of His ‘Idol’ Ouster
May 9, 2004 – TV Guide Online caught up with ousted ‘American Idol’ finalist John Stevens and asked him if he was relieved he wouldn’t be subject to Simon Cowell’s judging of his performances anymore. “I guess that’s one of the perks of getting voted off,” he responded. “I don’t have to put up with the comments. You’re standing up there in front of millions of people and you’ve got this one guy making fun or giving mean comments. You’ve just gotta stand there and take it ’cause he’s older than you, and you gotta respect that. It’s very, very hard, but you get through it.”
‘Idols’ Plan North American Road Trip
May 7, 2004 – The top contestants from ‘American Idol’ will take their talents into the live arena shortly after the season’s conclusion. The tour will visit 48 cities, kicking off July 14th in Salt Lake City and concluding September 26th in San Jose, California. Tickets for Canadian shows will go up May 21st. A September 21st Anaheim, California, stop will go on sale May 23rd, while all other shows will go on sale May 22nd.