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Hanks disappointed with American Idol

The Oscar-winner recently became a fan of the TV talent contest and even phoned in to vote for the first time to back contestant Haley Reinhart.

Appearing on former Idol judge Ellen DeGeneres’ chat show on Tuesday (24May11), the Forrest Gump star says, “I had dodged the (American Idol) virus for many, many years. I watched some of it when you were on just to see you.

“This year I got hooked on watching with (wife) Rita (Wilson). I must say, I never voted until last week for the first time. I voted for Haley. I voted twice… (and) I thought, ‘Well, that’ll put her over the top.'”

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But Hanks’ votes didn’t help the singer – she was voted off the show and this week’s finale on Tuesday and Wednesday night (24-25May11) will feature young country stars Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina.

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