Jon Peter Lewis becomes the fifth 'American Idol' finalist to be eliminated
By Reality TV World staff, 04/16/2004
American Idol took the nation to the movies on Wednesday night, as the Top 8 finalists performed songs from their favorite films. Actor/director Quentin Tarantino joined the judges in critiquing the performances. During last night's live results show, it was announced that Jon Peter Lewis was eliminated from the American Idol competition after receiving the fewest votes.
Approximately 24 million total votes were recorded after Tuesday's performance show, in which Lewis sang "Jailhouse Rock." The fifth finalist to be eliminated from the competition, Lewis will return to his hometown of Rexburg, ID.
Next week, Barry Manilow, one of the greatest entertainers of his time, will guest-judge as the finalists perform songs from his vast musical portfolio on Tuesday, April 20 (8-9PM ET/PT). On Wednesday, April 21 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), Manilow will take the stage with the finalists in a special performance only seen on American Idol. Then, one more finalist will be sent home on Wednesday's results show, ending his or her quest for the American Idol title.
Additionally, FOX has announced that American Idol: Uncut, Uncensored And Untalented, the one-hour special hosted by Ryan Seacrest that was first broadcast in March, will have an encore presentation with new footage on Monday, April 19 (8:-9PM ET/PT). The updated program will feature live appearances by some of the most popular previous contestants as well as American Idol audition footage, including bad auditions from this season.
• 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."
• Jennifer Hudson, age 22. Born and raised in Chicago, Jennifer has been singing since the age of 7. Although she has never had formal singing training, Jennifer has been working on a cruise line as a singer and actress. Jennifer's favorite artists include Beyonce, Celine Dion, and Ruben Studdard. Jennifer believes that an American Idol is someone "who is an extremely talented, well-grounded individual with…every bit of star quality." First performance: "Imagine." Second performance: "I Believe in You and Me."
• George Huff, age 23. George, from New Orleans, LA, is currently a music education major at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. Self-described as a jazz, blues and gospel artist, Huff comes from a family of singers and at the age of 5 realized he loved to perform. Since then he has performed in almost every church in the state of Louisiana. George has also performed in New Mexico and Europe and was involved in many school choirs. First performance: "Always and Forever." Second performance: "Lean On Me."
• La Toya London, age 24. Married with stepchildren, La Toya currently lives in Hawthorne, CA and attends the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. La Toya has been singing for the past 22 years. She classifies her vocal style as soul and most identifies with India.Arie. If she couldn't sing, she would like to be a musician on the piano, guitar, bass and drums. First performance: "All By Myself."
• John Stevens, age 16. A junior at Willliamsville East High School, John recently returned from a choir tour in Europe. Aside from his enthusiasm for singing, he also does impersonations of celebrities; many people say he reminds them of Conan O'Brien. John admires Frank Sinatra's music and most identifies his vocal style with Sinatra himself. John was born and raised in East Amherst, NY. First performance: "She's Always a Woman."
• Jasmine Trias, age 17. Jasmine describes herself as "a typical Hawaiian teen" who enjoys surfing, dressing comfortably and playing the ukulele, strives to put Hawaii on the map. Jasmine was born and raised in beautiful Mililani, HI. She currently attends Maryknoll High School, performs for her church and school, and volunteers her time at the Kapiolani Hospital in the ER. She advises the other IDOL hopefuls to sing their hearts out and to not hold back. First performance: "Run to You."
American Idol Tuesday ranks as the No. 1 program on any network this season among Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, and Total Viewers.