Joshua Ledet is a graduate of Westlake High School in Louisiana. This 19-year old started singing at the age of three in his father's...

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To the chagrin of millions, Joshua Ledet will not be singing for the American Idol championship next week. He was eliminated on an emotional results show last night.

However, despite the tears that fell on stage soon after his name was called, Ledet sounded upbeat when talking with reporters not long after the credits rolled.

Goodbye, Josh Ledet

"I felt good about the whole situation, but when people come up to you and try to comfort you and hug you, then the tears start coming, and then a whole bunch of other stuff," said Ledet, who sang his farewell song with his mother by his side. "So just getting their support, it kind of took over, and I kind of lost it a little."

Ledet added that he wasn't shocked to be ousted because just look at his competition.

"[Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez] are great, and they have huge fan bases. They deserve it just like anyone else... I was trying to hold a smile up, and I was definitely not upset. I felt relieved. A lot of pressure was off of me, and I feel really good."

He also has reason to feel optimistic about the future, which is the message Jennifer Lopez tried to instill. Said Josh, summing up the experience:

"Jennifer told me to keep my head up and my career was only going to go further from here... I’m just gonna miss the whole environment. Everyone here is amazing. It’s like a family."

Do you think Ledet deserved to be eliminated?

 

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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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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?

 

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There were no bell bottoms om stage. And we didn't notice a single civil rights protest.

But the American Idol finalists still took us back to the 1960s last night for their first round of performances. Who stood out? Joshua Ledet. Who might be in trouble? We're afraid to say, but Skylar Laine. Decide for yourself now as you watch the opening quintet of covers and then vote on your favorite...

Sauntering to the stage with her backup singers, Hollie Cavanagh went up tempo with "River Deep Mountain High.

Phillip Phillips pulled out his guitar once again and wrote "The Letter" to fans.

How about a little CCR from Skylar Laine? Not our favorite performance of hers, but perhaps you were rocking along to "Fortunate Son."

Jessica Sanchez showed off her range once again with "Proud Mary." But the moving around the stage and fussing with her hair was a bit distracting.

Joshua Ledet "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" and we ain't too proud to say: incredible job here.

WHICH 1960S COVER WAS YOUR FAVORITE?