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Jennifer Lopez is a judge on American Idol

Jennifer Lopez is a judge on American Idol

Jennifer Lopez is a judge on American Idol

The American Idol finalists have now been decided, after the latest hopeful got the boot.

Haley Reinhart won't be competing in this season's final showdown.

The bluesy 20-year-old vocalist, best known for her signature singing snarl, was revealed to have received the fewest viewer votes on the Fox talent contest, leaving deep-voiced 17-year-old singer Scotty McCreery and soaring 16-year-old songbird Lauren Alaina to compete on next week's finale.

"I rocked it out, and I had a blast," Haley said after her elimination.

Haley had always seemed doomed on Idol. Unlike her remaining rivals, cherubic country crooners Scotty and Lauren, the wavy-haired Haley had been less definable and garnered fewer votes, landing at the bottom as one of the show's low vote-getters four times after weak performances of such songs as LeAnn Rimes' Blue and Blondie's Call Me.

This season's femme fatale found recent success by boldly tackling classic rock tunes. She earned a standing ovation from the judges two weeks ago for a rousing rendition of The Animals' version of The House Of The Rising Sun, and she was lauded again Wednesday for her performances of Fleetwood Mac's Rhiannon and Led Zeppelin's What Is And What Should Never Be.

It was apparently too little, too late for Haley after 95 million viewer votes were cast Wednesday. While she was finding her groove throughout the finals, Scotty and Lauren had been delivering consistent country and pop performances since their attention-grabbing auditions.

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The duo will face off on Tuesday, in the youngest ever final in the show's history.


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