Season 3: The one with the three divas
Picking itself up from the wobbly walk that was the previous season, Idol continued in 2004 with season three, the run that featured favourites Fantasia Barrino, LaToya London and Jennifer Hudson, dubbed the Three Divas. During the top seven result show, all three unexpectedly found themselves at the bottom of the contestant heap, with Jennifer Hudson controversially eliminated.
The voting public was again outraged, as was one of the season's mentors, the ever-expressive Elton John, who went as far as calling Idol ''incredibly racist.'' Speaking at a news conference, he opined, ''The three people I was really impressed with - and they just happened to be black, young female singers - all seem to be landing in the bottom three." Still, despite the ousting, J-Hud has easily retained her "Spotlight" to this very day.