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We're down to two on American Idol. The final two. Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez.

One is a young white male who is easy on the eyes and plays the guitar. In other words: the same exact pedigree as the last four winners.

The other has a beautiful voice and hasn't been afraid all year long of tacking such major artists as Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. She's responsible for the single most memorable American Idol performance of the season.

Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez

Either would be a worthy champion. Only one will wear the crown next Thursday night.

Who do you want it to be?

 

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I love you guys so much because you have the courage to have a dream.

That's what Steven Tyler told the remaining three American Idol contestants tonight. Alas, for one of Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet, the dream is now over. So... following a painful Ice Age 3 tie-in and a performance by Adam Lambert, who got voted out of season 11?

Idol Final 3

JOSHUA LEDET!

The talented crooner takes it very well and even brings his mom on stage as he sings farewell via "Man's Man's Man's World."

This leaves Jessica Sanchez, likely the best voice of the season, and Phillip Phillips, the obligatory cute-white-guy-with-a-guitar-who-wins-every-season, to square off on next week's finale.

Do you think Ledet deserved to be voted off?

 

Who will win American Idol?

 

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First, the American Idol finalists listened to the judges last night.

Then, they were given the freedom to select their own songs.

Finally, Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet were tasked with a cover by Jimmy Iovine, closing a busy evening with the following three performances. Which did you like best?

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Joshua Ledet was given a Mary J. Blige track, "No More Drama." Watch and listen and compare now to his take on John Lennon.

Jessica Sanchez went old school with "I'll Be There," a single made famous by the Jackson 5 and then even more famous by Mariah Carey.

Phillip Phillips then went romantic with Bob Seger' "We've Got Tonight," proving that he doesn't always need a guitar in his hands.

VOTE ON A FAVORITE:

 

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Ding! Ding! It's time for round two.

Following opening performances chosen by the judges last night, American Idol finalists Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet were left to choose their own material. Who made the best selection? Watch. Decide. Vote.

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Joshua Ledet followed an Etta James cover with a version of John Lennon's iconic "Imagine." Did he do it justice?

Jessica Sanchez went bold again, this time taking on Steven Tyler in front of Steven Tyler with "i Don't Wanna Miss a Thing."

Phillip Phillips closed this section of songs with "Disease" by Matchbox 20." Listen below and compare it to his rendition of "Beggin."

VOTE ON YOUR FAVORITE:

 

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It was a busy Tuesday for the trio of remaining American Idol finalists last night, as Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet sang three songs apiece.

That's a total of nine performances in two hours. Which of the opening acts did you like best? The judges selected the first numbers last night and we've posted each below. Watch now and then vote on your favorite.

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Joshua Ledet kicked the night off with his version of an Etta James' classic. Are you down his take on "I'd Rather Go Blind?"

Up next, Jessica Sanchez continued her trend of tackling the most impressive artists of our time. She covered Mariah Carey's "My All."

Finally, Phillip Phillips went "Beggin" for your vote. Did he earn it with this audition?

WHICH OPENING PERFORMANCE DID YOU LIKE BEST?

 

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Jessica Sanchez gets major points for showing confidence and taking risks this season on American Idol.

First, the singer covered Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," as challenging a track as there could be for a contestant to attempt.

Then, last night, she went with "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," the iconic single that essentially won Jennifer Hudson an Oscar in Dreamgirls. We've linked to Jessica's performance in this sentence, and we've posted Hudson's version below, and now we're asking:

WHO SINGS IT BETTER?

 

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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.

American Idol Top 4

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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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?

WHICH PERFORMANCE DID YOU LIKE BEST?

 

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There's been a major shake-up in our American Idol Power Rankings, considering - ouch! - our number-seed from a week ago has been eliminated. Fare thee well, Skylar Laine.

Who will take over the top spot? Which of the final four do you think will will the title? Read on. Find out. Vote.

American Idol Top 4

4. Phillip Phillips. We've just been here too many times. He's white. He's handsome. He plays the guitar. Very well, mind you. But we know exactly what to expect on a weekly basis and it's no longer unique or exciting.

3. Hollie Cavanaugh. Not too different of a critique than we have for Phillip, really. A great voice, but not a great deal of stage presence. We can't think of one performance that really stands out and expected her to be voted off this week.

2. Jessica Sanchez. A beautiful rendition of "You Are So Beautiful" on Wednesday, continuing her trend of the Ballad Master. We could easily see her win and would stand up and cheer if so, but...

1. Joshua Ledet... not after the week Ledet enjoyed. Both of his covers on Wednesday were stellar, highlighted by "Ain't Too Proud to Beg." Is he theatrical? Yes. Overly dramatic sometimes? Sure. But we're big fans of Adam Lambert, so we can't exactly complain about those traits. What a voice!

WHO DO YOU THINK SHOULD WIN?

 

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After traveling back to the 1960s for their first round of performances last night, the final five on American Idol traveled overseas.

They covered a slew of British pop songs, with Joshua Ledet once again leading the way and an interesting race to the bottom unfolding. Who will be eliminated this week? Watch the second set of Idol covers from this week and then vote on the best...

Hollie Cavanagh went all Leona Lewis on viewers, following up a version of "River Deep Mountain High" with this solid take on "Bleeding Love."

It was back to the guitar for Phillip Phillips for "Time of the Season." Compare this performance with his rendition of "The Letter" now.

Skylar Laine struggled a bit with her opening song, but did she make up for it with "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me? We think so.

Jessica Sanchez slowed it way down and told somebody out there: "You Are So Beautiful." It was an impressive follow-up to "Proud Mary."

But nothing could match Joshua Ledet on this night. Was "To Love Somebody" his best audition to date? Decide for yourself.

WHICH BRITISH POP COVER DID YOU LIKE BEST?

 

Jessica Sanchez Biography

Jessica Sanchez Photo Jessica Sanchez has advanced to the finals on season 11 of American Idol. A Filipino-American, Sanchez appeared on America's Got Talent... More »
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