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Thursday, May 10, 2007 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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"Idol" narrows down to 3, including Blake

Blake Lewis might be "absolutely terrible," but he's safe for now — and he and "American Idol" will be in Seattle Friday.

Bothell's Lewis, 25, made the Fox talent show's top three Wednesday night when fellow contestant LaKisha Jones was eliminated.

Judge Simon Cowell was toughest on Lewis' performance, calling one of his takes "absolutely terrible." But asked to choose whether Lewis or Jones would be going home Wednesday, Cowell correctly predicted the results from the 45 million votes.

"American Idol" follows Lewis home on Friday, where he will perform at 8 a.m. on Q13 FOX News This Morning, then at 12:15 p.m. at Westlake Mall with local band Arisawkadoria.

Later in the afternoon, Lewis will participate in a 3:30 p.m. parade on Main Street in downtown Bothell and perform at 4 p.m. at the Park at Bothell Landing. And at 7:05 p.m. he will sing the national anthem at Safeco Field before the Seattle Mariners take on the New York Yankees.

A nervous Jones seemed to have an ominous feeling Wednesday. Host Ryan Seacrest noticed she was talking to herself during one of the commercial breaks, and she admitted to overanalyzing things.

Jones, 27, grew up in Flint, Mich., and is the mother of a toddler. She began singing at age 5, has a passion for gospel but was formally trained in classical music. Tears streamed down her face as she said goodbye — but she stayed long enough to get a career kick-start from "American Idol."

Lewis, 25 and the only man left in the competition, overcame Cowell's attack. He'll compete against 17-year-old Jordin Sparks of Glendale, Ariz., the youngest performer left, and Melinda Doolittle, 29, of Brentwood, Tenn.

Compiled from reports by Seattle Times staff reporter Florangela Davila and The Associated Press.

Copyright © 2007 The Seattle Times Company

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