|American Idol: Final Four|
And then there were four. After deciding not to vote anyone off during their two-hour 'Idol Gives Back' extravaganza last week, American Idol said good-bye to two contestants this week, leaving four contestants in therunning to be the next Kelly Clarkson or Ruben Studdard.
The two contestants shownthe door on Wednesday night included baldy Phil Stacey and Chris Richardson.According to some of the Internet buzz the day after they were axed, it doesn'tlook like either singer will be especially missed.
With Phil and Chris gonethat leaves only one male contestant in the running, Blake Lewis, and he'll haveto contend with Lakisha Jones, Jordin Sparks and MelindaDoolittle.
Here at WagerWeb ourfavorite both on stage and on the odds sheet isJordin Sparks (-140). The 17-year-old from Glendale, Arizona belted out 'Livin' on a Prayer' duringBon Jovi night this week. It wasn't her best performance of the competition, butthe judges still like her and as long as she keeps hitting the right notess he'll be around to the final two. If we've got it right Sparks will be crowned thenext American Idol inwhat will likely be another lengthy finale.
Blake Lewis, the 25-year-oldfrom Bothell, Washington, blasted out a surprisingly goodrendition of the Bon Jovi standard 'You Give Love a Bad Name'. As the last manstanding (literally) in this competition, Lewis could ride a vote all the way tothe final two, or end up getting squashed next week if he delivers a lacklusterperformance. Lewis is a tough call at +400.
Then there's Lakisha Jones.The 27-year-old from FortMeade, Maryland, mayhave the best singing voice left in this competition. Despite the great vocals don't be surprised if Lakisha is handed her walkingpapers next week even though the theme (Boogie/Dance/Disco) should play to herstrength. The best singer hardly ever wins this popularity contest. Lakisha isour long shot at +1200.
Last is Melinda Doolittle,and at 29 years of age she is the oldest contestant remaining. No matter howmany complements Doolittle gets from the judges, she still sports extremehumility (some are calling it an act) that would make a Saint proud. Playing thehumility card hasn't hurt Doolittle at all and she's actually one of thefavorites. An Internet poll asking who people believe will win out of theFinal Four has Doolittle leading with a whopping 56% of the votes. We'll keepMelinda in second for now, at +125.
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|Last Updated ( Monday, 07 May 2007 12:39 )|