La Toya Odds-On Favorite As Idol Winner
05/11/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT
As the competition narrows in anticipation of the May 26 finale, oddsmakers are betting that the next one to get the boot will be Jasmine Trias, 17, from Mililani, Hawaii, according to the readaBet.com Web site, which places her odds at 12:1. (BetWWTS.com puts her odds at 11:2.)
Jasmine's competition in the bottom three appears to be Diana DeGarmo, 16, of Snellville, Ga., whose odds are 17:2 (BetWWTS puts her at 7:1). Diana has been gaining some favor with the judges as her performances have strengthened.
As for the possible winners, London, 25, from Oakland, Calif., is in the lead, with 4:6 odds (2:3 per BetWWTS), ahead of longtime favorite Fantasia Barrino, 19, from High Point, N.C., with both sites giving her 7:5 odds.
Judge Simon Cowell, 44, has said publicly that La Toya and Fantasia are in a class all their own, and has predicted that the two of them will be the last American Idol 3 singers standing.