American Idol Final 4 Review, Take 2: Wishes Granted

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First, the American Idol finalists took on to California last night, covering singles by artists or bands that hailed from the Golden State.

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Then, for their next quartet of songs, Phillip Phillips, Hollie Cavanagh, Joshua Ledet and Jessica Sanchez took on tracks they wished they, themselves, had written. A very odd theme, no doubt? But did it lead to any memorable performances? You tell us...

Phillip Phillips made like Damien Rice on "Volcano," breaking out his guitar like usual and following up "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" with this take:

Hollie Cavanagh slowed things down for a version of the Bonnie Raiit hit "I Can't Make You Love Me." Audio only, folks, we apologize:

James Brown, meet Joshua Ledet. This finalist became the latest Idol to turn "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" into his own:

Jessica Sanchez ended the evening with a powerful version of "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going." Compare it now to her performance of "Steal Away."

WHICH OF THESE PERFORMANCES DID YOU LIKE BEST?

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haha, philip looks like a slob? Your an idiot. he is gettin votes because he is an amazing singer. those faces everyone says makes him a creep is showing he has soul and is into the songs he sings, he connects to the audience way better than jessica. hollie is gonna end up going, she sucks.she always get bad reviews. Josh sang james brown good, otherwise he needs to stay singing in a church.philip is an amazin singer with his own way of singing, connects with the people, and is doing better and better every show.hes learned the most throughout this show and actually uses it unlike the others.

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I swear if this freak Philip Phillips wins, i will never watch this show again...what is all the hype about this creep anyhow....he's strange, makes weird faces every week, and struggles to sing every single song....he also looks dirty to me...the little girls are the ones who are infatuated with this dude...he really is nothing to look at, in fact he looks like a total slob.....ewwww....my money is on Jessica or Ledet to win...NOW THAT'T TALENT< AND NEITHER ARE WEIRD>>>>>NUFF SAID>>>>>

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YOU TUBE SENSATION SARA NIEMIETZ WOULD BEAT ALL OF THEM. CHECK HER OUT.:)

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Team Jessica all the way!!! She deserves to be the mext American Idol!!

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Don't know about personality??? But what talent they have this year!!!! I think Holly is the weak link....not sure why she is still around. The three left standing should be Philip, Jessica, and Josuha. Two left Joshua & Jessica....and from there??? fan favorite will win. J & J are sooo talented they are ready to fly. Philip is too he's just not as main stream, which isn't a bad thing at all! Love him! All should do well, and I hope they do. It's a singing contest first. Hopefully their "lack" of personality means they have a working brain on their shoulders and can manuver their personal & professional lives with sound choices. Why is it that someone has to be so outrageous for us to say they have personality? I think that we only know these "kids" as singers. I'm sure in REAL LIFE, each one has a personality.

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american idol is bore fest this year. None of these people have any personality.

American Idol Quotes

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]