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Three left in contest as Daughtry is sent off 'Idol'

By Sharon Fink and Times wires
Published May 11, 2006

[AP photo]
Chris Daughtry

He started out American Idol sounding like he could be a winner with a big impact.

He finished sounding like a one-note corporately programmed modern rock radio station.

So Chris Daughtry was sent off Idol on Wednesday after receiving the fewest number of viewer votes cast after Tuesday's show of Elvis Presley songs, leaving three contestants vying for the win.

Daughtry, 26, of McLeansville, N.C., looked stunned when host Ryan Seacrest said he was out. So did the person who received the second-fewest number of votes, Katharine McPhee; she looked surprised that she survived as boos were heard from the audience.

"I'm in a little bit of shock," Daughtry said, adding that he was surprised.

The top two vote-getters were Taylor Hicks and Elliott Yamin.

Daughtry was considered a favorite from the start of the final round with his solid voice and rock sensibility, and in the wake of rock-guy Bo Bice's runnerup finish last season, many thought this would be a rocker's year to win.

But Daughtry's performances started to sound the same, no matter what genre he was singing. And what started as a strong fan base slowly seemed to lose interest and migrate to others.

The final three perform in a one-hour show at 8 p.m. Tuesday, and the elimination that leaves the field at two will be announced in a one-hour show at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

- Sharon Fink, Times staff writer

New baby for Britney

The baby bump is for real.

Britney Spears told David Letterman on Tuesday night that she is pregnant with baby No. 2.

"Don't worry, Dave, it's not yours," the pop princess quipped on The Late Show.

The revelation ended weeks of speculation in entertainment magazines, which have been regularly publishing pictures of Spears' apparently expanding waistline.

Spears, 24, and her husband, backup dancer-turned-rapper Kevin Federline, 28, were married in 2004 and have an 8-month-old son, Sean Preston.

Federline also has two children, Kori and Kaleb, with his former girlfriend, Shar Jackson.

Child welfare officials and a sheriff's deputy reportedly visited Spears' home in April after her son accidentally tumbled from a high chair.

- Times wires


* The movie schedule for Hollywood 18 theaters in Port Richey that ran in today's Weekend section is incorrect. Please call the theater for the correct schedule or check the movie listings in the Friday, Saturday and Sunday Floridian sections.

* Anne Tolpegin played the role of the mother and Carrie Manolakos was the daughter in Mamma Mia! on Tuesday night at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. A review on Wednesday was incorrect about the actors' names.

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