Jasmine Trias exits 'American Idol', Fantasia Barrino and Diana DeGarmo to compete in final showdown
By Reality TV World staff, 05/20/2004
In Tuesday's penultimate performance episode of American Idol, each of the three remaining contestants performed three songs -- one of her own choosing, one chosen by the Idol judges, and one selected by this week's guest judge, veteran music producer Clive Davis. Then, during Wednesday's live results show, it was announced that Jasmine Trias was eliminated from the American Idol competition.
On Tuesday, Jasmine sang " Mr. Melody," "Saving All My Love For You" and "All By Myself." The tenth finalist to be eliminated from the competition, Trias will return to her hometown of Mililani, Hawaii.
As a result, a competition that began with over 70,000 auditioners is now down to its last two finalists: Fantasia Barrino and Diana DeGarmo -- one of whom will be the next American Idol. The dueling divas will battle it out live from the renowned Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Tuesday, May 25 (8-9 PM ET/PT).
Viewers will hten have four hours (up from the usual two) to cast their vote for their favorite contestant after Tuesday's performance show. On Wednesday, May 26 (8-10 PM ET/PT), the newest American Idol will be crowned before thousands of fans and millions of television viewers.
Kicking off the finale week is a one-hour special, American Idol: The Phenomenon, which will take a look at how this series has grown into the Adults 18-49 demographic's top-rated show for the 2003-2004 season. The special will look back at the past three seasons - how it all began and how the show has captured the nation's attention. American Idol: The Phenomenon will air on Sunday, May 23 (9-10 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
• Fantasia Barrino, age 19. Fantasia is from from Highpoint, NC and started singing in church with her family at the age of 5. According to her mother, Fantasia's 2-year-old daughter, Zion Barrino, is going to be an American Idol. Self-described as a crazy woman, Fantasia likes to go skating and dancing. Currently, Fantasia is attending PCBI – Madison High School, pursing her diploma. First performance: "Something to Talk About"
• Diana Degarmo, age 16. Diana is from Snellville, GA and has been singing since the age of 5. In her free time, she enjoys going to football, soccer and basketball games. Diana's favorite singers range from Celine Dion and Patsy Cline to Nickelback and the Ying Yang Twins. First performance: "I've Got the Music in Me."