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Thursday, March 11, 2004
America’s Newest Un-hip Hero

America made its "Idol" decision Wednesday night, naming the country’s new un-hip hero.

John Peter Lewis, the only "Idol" America got to pick during the wild card round, joined the final 12 contestants by singing his rendition of Elvis’ "A Little Less Conversation." "Extra" was with the Idol-hopefuls and judges as they celebrated after the show.

"I try not to think too much of myself, and it’s interesting when other people do," Lewis told us.

The velvet-voiced John Stevens played coy about his new rival with the King-like moves, describing his competition as, "Funny guy, great voice, and great character."

But the always-critical Simon Cowell was less than impressed by America’s choice: "Would you pay money to see him perform? I would pay not to see him perform."

It seems this "Idol" class will be known for more than just their voices. "It’s the wildest, wackiest, top 12 we’ve ever had," stated Randy Jackson.

But big Matthew says with the competition heating up, his wacky rivals better get their acts together.

For more "American Idol" inside secrets, check out Thursday’s edition of "Extra."

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