NEW YORK – Baby-faced John Peter Lewis (search) was booted off "American Idol" last night - leaving only seven remaining finalists battling for the crown.
"It's been great," said Lewis, referred to by everyone on the show as "JPL."
Lewis and John Stevens - (search) at 16, the youngest contestant - were the two "AI" contestants America thought the least of after Wednesday's show, which featured guest judge Quentin Tarantino (search).
Lewis, from Rexburg, Idaho, sang Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" as his song on "American Idol." With Lewis out of the picture, that leaves Stevens, LaToya London, Jasmine Trias, Jennifer London, George Huff, Diana DieGarmo and Fantasia Barrino.
Last night's half-hour show was originally scheduled to air Wednesday, but was bumped by President Bush's (search) live White House press conference Tuesday night.
This is the third edition of "American Idol" and, despite many saying the contestants aren't up to snuff, the show has continued to steamroll in the ratings department, averaging over 20 million viewers an episode. The winner will snag an RCA recording contract and the release of a single, which will be heavily promoted by the record company.
Last year's "American Idol" winner, Ruben Studdard (search), sang the national anthem at last night's Mets game at Shea Stadium, which honored Jackie Robinson in pre-game ceremonies.