'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
'Idol' Down To Final Four
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)

(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. (Read more American Idol stories.)

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