05/13/2004 at 07:00 AM EDT
They may have been the favorites of Simon Cowell, but La Toya London and Fantasia Barrino received the lowest number of votes on Wednesday night's edition of American Idol, with London getting the boot amid loud boos from the audience when the shocking final decision was announced.
La Toya and Fantasia – along with the recently booted Jennifer Hudson, whose ouster was the one of the biggest shocks of this third "AI" season – had become known as "The Three Divas." Wednesday's outcome makes London the second diva to take a dive.
While the crowd booed, 25-year-old La Toya gamely smiled, and said: "I just want to thank you so much, thank you for believing in me." She then sang the Barbra Streisand anthem to survival, "Don't Rain on My Parade," from Funny Girl.
"Honestly," Cowell said after the voter announcement, "I think America got this wrong." Judge Paula Abdul considered the outcome "a travesty," while Randy Jackson opined, "I don't know what America was listening to."
London's departure leaves three women in the running for the recording contract: Fantasia, as well as Diana DeGarmo and Jasmine Trias. The winner will be announced on the May 26 finale.
With La Toya out of the running, the picture is looking better for Diana, even though at one point Cowell told the 16-year-old that she was too young for the competition. Revising that opinion, he told her: "I'm gonna take that back."
"This was your week," Abdul told DeGarmo.
Wednesday night's episode also brought back last year's popular runner-up, Clay Aiken, who sang "Fantasy" by Earth, Wind & Fire.