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Idol Favorite Drops Out

"American Idol" swaps finalists after Vazquez withdraws

A fan favorite has booted himself from "American Idol." Contestant Mario Vazquez has withdrawn from the hit Fox show, citing "personal reasons." The 27-year-old from New York was one of four competitors singled out by fans as early favorites to win the competition.

To fill Vazquez's spot among the 12 finalists, Fox brought back Nikko Smith, one of two contestants voted off the show last week. Smith is the son of former Saint Louis Cardinals baseball great Ozzie Smith. Vazquez isn't the first "Idol" contestant to leave the show.

Last year, one was dropped after being charged with DUI. And three were asked to leave the show in 2003.

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