American Idol “divas” end up as the bottom three; Jennifer Hudson goes home.

American Idol “divas” end up as the bottom three; Jennifer Hudson goes home.
Viewers didn’t call in to support any of American Idol 3‘s “divas”–Fantasia Barrino, La Toya London and Jennifer Hudson–as they ended up as the bottom three. Simon Cowell referred to their performances as “the battle of the divas.” Jennifer Hudson received the fewest number of votes, and left the show. Tuesday, Randy Jackson told her, “You just get better and better every week.” The Chicago Tribune says the decision “surpris[ed] the show’s judges, viewers and even the other contestants.” Well, it surprised everyone except those people who didn’t vote for her.

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.