'Idol' Down To Final Four

No more charity for contestants, and Idol 's down to final four.
By Sarah Seltzer,  Newser User
Posted May 3, 2007 9:56 AM CDT
Contestant Chris Richardson attends an American Idol celebration of this seasons' top 12 finalists held at Astra West Thursday March 8, 2007 in West Hollywood, Calif. (AP Photo/Phil McCarten)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – American voters—135 million strong—sent two "American Idol" finalists home last night, leaving three women and one man in the running. Smooth-domed Phil Stacey and Justin Timberlake-esque hearthrob Chris Richardson got the boot, but neither seemed distraught: A spot in the top six is a fine career starter, as Chris Daughtry can attest.

Last week's charity special produced no eliminations, so two contestants had to go. Stacey, an active-duty U.S. Navy sailor, ended his run with a pumping fist and a hug for picky judge Simon Cowell. Richardson exited with a nice-boy smile. The madness continues next week with beatboxing Blake Lewis and a trio of unstoppable female singers.