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Lopez laments Idol women exodus

Jennifer Lopez has lamented the swift exit of American Idol's female contestants.

The singer, who has just been voted People magazine's 'world's most beautiful woman', said she was reluctant to criticise one the show's two remaining females, Haley Reinhart, because every eliminated finalist so far has been a woman.

"I don't want any of the girls to go home," she said on the film-themed episode of the US talent show.

But she did say that she wasn't sure if viewers would vote for Haley after her rendition of Blondie's Call Me from American Gigolo.

The show's other remaining female crooner, 16-year-old high school student Lauren Alaina fared better with Miley Cyrus' The Climb from Hannah Montana: The Movie. Before taking the stage, Idol mentor and Interscope chief Jimmy Ivovine told Lauren that he thought she was "a much, much stronger singer than Miley Cyrus."

"I love what you bring to a song, and I love more what a song brings to you," said Steven Tyler.

The judges provided a standing ovation to Casey Abrams after his jazzy rendition of Nat King Cole's Nature Boy from The Boy With Green Hair.

One of the eight finalists will be dismissed tonight (Thursday).

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