'American Idol 6' sends Stephanie Edwards home, reveals Top 10
By Christopher Rocchio, 03/22/2007
Stephanie Edwards was the second finalist from the sixth season of Fox' American Idol to be eliminated from the reality competition series during Wednesday night's live results show.
The 19-year-old Savannah, GA native -- who sang at the Apollo Theater when she appeared on It's Showtime at the Apollo -- was sent packing after 30 million votes were cast based on Tuesday night's live performances.
While most of Edwards' previous weeks' performances had wowed Idol's judges, they hadn't been too impressed with her rendition of "You Can't Hurry Love" during Tuesday night's Idol broadcast. Idol judge Randy Jackson thought it was "pitchy," Paula Abdul commented she thought Edwards' "spirit of you having fun might be drifting a little bit," while Simon Cowell called it "a bit night-clubby" and accused her of "losing [her] soul."
"If my parents would not have encouraged me, I wouldn't be here because I'd given this up. They told me they really believed in me. That's why I'm here," said Edwards during a video montage of her Idol experience. "It means the world to me because this is what I want to spend the rest of my life doing."
Prior to Edwards' elimination, Chris Richardson, a 22-year-old Chesapeake, VA resident that had performed "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" during Tuesday night's performance show, was revealed to the other member of this week's bottom two vote-getters.
Peter Noone and Lulu, who served as a mentors during the Tuesday night performance show that celebrated the music of the British Invasion, also performed during the results show. Noone sang "There's a Kind of Hush," while Lulu performed "To Sir with Love."