American Idol Final 4 Review: California, There They Went!

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Note to American Idol: Who the heck is picking the weekly themes this season?!?

With the assignments growing more and more random, last night the final four finalists - Phillip Phillips, Hollie Cavanagh, Joshua Ledet and Jessica Sanchez - were tasked with singing on track by a California native band or artist; and one they wish they had written themselves.

Ummm... okay. Let's rundown the first set of performances and then let's vote on our favorite, shall we?

Phillip Phillips took on CCR and asked viewers one simply question: "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" Well, have you?!?

Hollie Cavanagh went on a Journey via one of this group's all-time classics. Did she do justice to "Faithfully?"

We only have the audio for Joshua Ledet and his take on "You Raise Me Up," but it's easy enough to hear this man's talent, isn't it?

Jessica Sanchez wrapped up this portion of the evening with Etta James "Steal Away." What do you think of the cover?



VOTING ABOUT TO START! Phillips numbers: 1-866-436-5701 or 1-866-436-5703 or 1-866-436-5705 or 1-866-436-5707 VOTE!


I don't think there has ever been a top 5,4,now 3 with such a weak voice. PPhillips has maybe a half octave range and is often off pitch but everyone says has full of soul?????? It is a singing comp.....


those neck moves and faces phillip makes shows soul..something most of the rest dont have! Shows he is into the song and connecting with everyone. He damn sure baths, those votes hes getting from what yall say is teenage girls, is because of his looks, that look he has of not shaving, so its obviously working for him huh? Itll be him and jessica in the end, idk why hollie is even there anymore. josh did james brown amazing, but otherwise he needs to be singing in his church, your not gonna seemany of his cds selling


To bonnie: first of all, Joe Cocker was also a freak of nature, so PP is just like him WEIRD....this dude PP looks like he hasn't taken a shower in weeks, and weird facial expressions IS NOT TALENT HONEY> as the saying goes: TO EACH HIS OWN>>>>DOUBT IT IF YOUR SHINING START WEIRDO PP WILL WIN>>>>>JESSICA AND JOSHUA ARE THE ONES WITH THE REAL TALENT>>>>btw, when was the last time you had your hearing checked?????????? lol lol lol lol




Jessica needs to go, all she does is scream most of the words. I agree Joshua would be good to listen to at church. I like Hollie but I'm sure shes off tonight. Great voice. Philips has the music in his soul. If you dont like watching him sing, close your eyes, he rocks


In answer to Stu aka stupid be a hater...
Last night show was great....Jessica Sanchez version of Jennifer halliday song was absolutttttely amazing.
Phillip Phillips was great. Regardless I think these two should be the last two standing.
Good luck to them all


Jessica all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! America has ears, so who else can sing like her. Joshua is good but should be singing in the church. This little 16yr old is totally awesome and amazing.
Wow Wow!!!


I agree with one of the last viewers I think Joshua is Very good for Church! For me its HOLLY! She has really grown up during the shows, and deserves the chance. I was a Jessica fan, but I haven;t warmed to her and she seems aloof from the other contestants.


To all you Phillip Phillips haters - why does it bother you so much that he feels the music when he sings? Have you ever seen Joe Cocker perform? He feels the music in every single muscle of his body. PP doesn't contort the way Cocker did and I love both of them. If you don't like him, don't vote for him. But good grief, what's with all the hate just because he doesn't dance like a pop star?

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Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]