La Toya leaves after she and Fantasia were the bottom two; teary Jasmine safe.

La Toya leaves after she and Fantasia were the bottom two; teary Jasmine safe.
Get ready for another onslaught of “Is America racist?” or “Are American Idol voters high on crack?” columns. “America” voted La Toya London out of American Idol 3, and gave Fantasia Barrino the second-fewest number of votes. Elton John called La Toya “impeccable,” and was the favorite of bettors; Randy said that the final two of her and Fantasia was “crazy.” Paula even made a substantive declarative statement, possibly for the first time in her judging life: “Honestly, America got this one wrong this week.” Jasmine, who was in tears after Simon told her that she was “definitely going to leave the competition” Tuesday, was in the top two along with Diana DeGarmo. Later, Simon said, “Jasmine, you’d better hope that every household in Hawaii has at least five telephones, because you’re going to need all the support you can get tonight.” Apparently, her supporters have many phones, or La Toya and Fantasia’s supporters slacked off again.

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