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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 December, 2003, 16:37 GMT
Pop Idol race down to final three
Chris Hide, seen in his local college band
Chris Hide, seen in his local college band, came in fourth place
Chris Hide was voted off Pop Idol on Saturday, ahead of rivals Mark Rhodes, Sam Nixon and Michelle McManus.

Chris made a shock exit from the ITV1 show, which saw all four contestants singing Christmas-themed songs.

Simon Cowell had earlier called Chris' version of Winter Wonderland his "highlight of the series so far".

According to Cowell, the remaining contestants will each record a version of the winner's single on Monday. Sam Nixon is currently favourite to win.

He is now 2/7 favourite with bookmaker William Hill, with Michelle at 11/4 and Mark the 10/1 outsider to win the public vote on 20 December.

Saturday's performances were watched by an average of 9.4 million viewers, with 8.2 million tuning in to see the result.

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