Stephen M. Silverman
April 03, 2003 01:50 PM

This week’s bad news for “American Idol” contestant Corey Clark — he’s been booted from the show by FOX for some alleged (and just-uncovered) brushes with the law last fall — meant good news for the eight other hopefuls on Wednesday night’s show.

Nobody was kicked off.

That meant that the poorly received Carmen Rasmusen, 17, of Utah, and Trenyce, 22, from Memphis, were allowed to sing on. (After all, FOX still needs to fill so many episodes before announcing the big winner during the May sweeps.)

Of course, contestants and viewers weren’t told about the decision until the end of the episode. Host Ryan Seacrest broke the news and said the votes counted against each contestant will roll over to the following week.

An elated Carmen and Trenyce then joined the six other finalists and wrapped up Wednesday’s all-talk, no-action episode by singing “Boogie Wonderland.”

Clark, 22, faces trial next month on charges that he allegedly assaulted his 15-year-old sister and resisted arrest. He apologized to viewers and his rivals and asserted his innocence on the FOX show Tuesday night.

In other “Idol” news of the week, a charity single from the show is being changed to feature a little more patriotism, producers announced.

The show’s finalists had been expected to release the Burt Bacharach-Hal David ’60s classic, “What the World Needs Now Is Love.” But they also recorded Lee Greenwood’s “I’m Proud To Be an American/God Bless the USA.”

“They got such an overwhelming, positive response from viewers for doing those songs that we decided to release them as the ‘American Idol’ charity single,” RCA executive Richard Sanders said in a statement.

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