NEW YORK – Wrong song, Lisa.
Sixteen-year-old Lisa Tucker was voted off "American Idol" on Wednesday, with viewers clearly agreeing with judges who slammed her rendition of 2002 Idol winner Kelly Clarkson's ballad "Because of You."
Tucker's ouster trimmed the hopefuls to nine. The final Idol will be crowned May 24.
Judge Simon Cowell said during Tuesday's program that Tucker's theatrical performance of Clarkson's song was "painful," and the song "too big" for her voice.
After Wednesday's vote, Tucker told host Ryan Seacrest she was "happy with the decision."
Surviving elimination were Katharine McPhee and Ace Young, who had the next-lowest vote tallies.
McPhee, 21, chose the right song for her soulful voice, but unexpectedly hit a wrong note with viewers. Considered a favorite in the competition, McPhee's take on Christina Aguilera's "The Voice Within" drew praise from Cowell in Tuesday's program.
But Wednesday was another story.
Cowell said he had misjudged McPhee's performance, calling it "nowhere near" as good as Aguilera's version.
"The public knows best," he said.
Wednesday's elimination show featured a sizzling performance by Latin pop star Shakira and rapper Wyclef Jean, who performed Shakira's latest single "Hips Don't Lie," featuring Jean, from her 2005 album, "Oral Fixation, Vol 2."
More than three years after its debut, "American Idol" remains a ratings powerhouse. It has attracted 25 million to 30 million viewers a telecast this season.
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