College student John Park and gospel singer Jermaine Sellers were sent home Thursday along with female semifinalists Michelle Delamor and Haeley Vaughn as "American Idol" voters trimmed the field to 16 rivals on the Fox singing competition show.
Park, a 21-year-old from Northbrook, Ill., said he left the show with no regrets when he heard the bad news from host Ryan Seacrest.
Joining Park out the door was Sellers, a 27-year-old from Joliet, Ill.
"In God there is no failure," Sellers said. "So I leave here happy."
Also getting the boot were Vaughn, a 16-year-old high school student from Fort Collins, Colo., and Delamor, 22, of Miami, Fla.
"I think I was so wrapped up in trying to do everything right while being judged that I kind of lost sight of just performing," Delamor said afterward.
The two male and two female semifinalists had logged the fewest viewer votes following their on-air performances earlier this week.
The remaining 16 contestants will vie for a spot among the top dozen finalists next week.