Trias gets the boot from American Idol, leaving Barrino and DeGarmo for the finale

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated May 20, 2004 07:00 AM

With the general sentiment that she had long overstayed her welcome, Hawaii’s Jasmine Trias was shown the door during American Idol’s penultimate decision on Wednesday night, paving the way for the final showdown between powerhouse Fantasia Barrino and judge Simon Cowell’s prediction to take the crown, perky Diana DeGarmo.

That decision will be made during next week’s two-hour finale of the FOX talent hunt.

Wednesday’s voting results still left the ever-smiling Jasmine, 17, smiling.

“I just want to thank all my fans for believing in me and embracing my talent and for making my dreams come true,” she said. “It’s been such an honor to share the aloha spirit with the rest of America.”

Jasmine also tossed a coin to determine who would get to sing first next week. Fantasia won the toss, and elected to sing second.

Diana, Fantasia and Jasmine then shared a group hug.

“I love you, Jazzy!” said Diana, 16, and Fantasia, 19. “I love you, too, guys,” Trias said, at this point working to hold back the tears.

Jasmine was actually expected to have gotten the boot last week, but instead that distinction went to La Toya London, who had been deemed worthy of going the full distance.

But Trias had loyalty and busy Hawaiian fingers on her side. Last week, her home state was third in the number of votes cast, behind only New York and California, in the 29 states in Verizon’s local territory.