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Valley teenager makes final four on 'American Idol'

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Posted: Wednesday, May 2, 2007 8:04 pm | Updated: 6:13 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Despite delivering her weakest performance of the season on “American Idol” Tuesday, the Valley’s Jordin Sparks made it into the final four during the results show Wednesday.

All six contestants performed Bon Jovi songs Tuesday and Sparks -- whose take on the band’s ‘80s hard rock hit “Livin’ on a Prayer” was panned by judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell -- suffered through her worst night on the show. But several strong performances in recent weeks apparently earned her enough respect from voters to send her into the final four.

Wednesday, after 30 minutes of recap and a performance by R&B crooner Robin Thicke, host Ryan Seacrest brought Lakisha Jones, Melinda Doolittle and Phil Stacey front and center to deliver the first results

Jones, who had rough performances in recent weeks, rebounded Tuesday with the Bon Jovi power ballad “This Ain’t a Love Song,” learned she had a spot in the final four, as did Melinda Doolittle, who had belted out “Have a Nice Day.”

Stacey delivered arguably his best performance of the season Tuesday with “Blaze of Glory,” but it wasn’t enough to keep him in the competition.

The remaining three contestants -- Sparks, Chris Richardson and Blake Lewis -- then were told to stand, and Seacrest swiftly told Sparks she was safe, leaving Lewis and Richardson to join Stacey as the three bottom vote-getters.

Lewis drew raves from the judges for his innovative take on “You Give Love a Bad Name,” but Lewis’ beat-boxing on the hair-metal classic may have turned off some voters. Richardson earned mixed reviews for the judges for his version of “Wanted Dead or Alive.”

Seacrest finally told Richardson he was going home, leaving Doolittle, Jones, Sparks and Lewis to battle it out in the coming three weeks to determine the sixth “American Idol.”

It also was announced Wednesday that Valley fans will be able to see the top 10 contestants of season six in person when the “American Idols Live” tour makes a stop at Glendale’s Arena on July 18.

Tickets to the show will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19. Prices were announced.

“American Idol” returns Tuesday, May 8, on Fox.

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