Originally created 07/18/02

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'AMERICAN IDOL'

Augusta picks next pop star

All the votes are in and the readers of The Augusta Chronicle have picked Christina Christian to be the last pop star standing on Fox's hit talent quest American Idol: Search for a Superstar.

The elimination-based reality show airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. and Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. on WFXG-TV (Channel 54).

Here are the results from the Infoline poll:

Kelly Clarkston: 15 votes

Kelly Clarkston: 3 votes

Christina Christian: 8 votes

EJay Day: 0 votes

A.J. Gil: 1 vote

Tamyra Gray: 13 votes

Justin Guarini: 19 votes

Nikki McKibbin: 4 votes

Ryan Starr: 9 votes

Jim Verraros: 1 vote

R.J. Helton: 4 votes

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