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American Idol: Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez Singing in the Finale

Originally posted 05/17/2012 09:05PM

After a marathon performance night, which had the contestants singing three songs each, American Idol's top three – Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet and Phillip Phillips – faced the final elimination on Thursday.

And even though the contestants say they'll be happy for whoever wins the competition, only two of them will be able to compete in next week's finale.

Keep reading to find out who that will be – and who was sent home Thursday in third place ...

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Who Deserves to Be in the American Idol Finale?

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American Idol Finale: Who Deserves to Make It?

Originally posted 05/17/2012 11:40AM

All three wowed America on Wednesday. Only two will move on Thursday night.

Not that Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez seem too concerned about that. While it may indeed be the closest American Idol race ever, the three remaining competitors are a tight group – and they appear to be as happy for each other as for themselves.

"I want to win, but at this point we're all winners," Ledet told PEOPLE after Wednesday's show. "I'm not gonna say I don't care, but I will be just as happy about me winning or two of my friends, Phillip or Jessica."

"It was a crazy night, man," Phillips said. "Everybody had a great night. Josh sang the house down – he rocked it. And Jessica sang the crap out of all her songs, and I just did something and had fun."

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Is This American Idol's Closest Race Ever?

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American Idol: Top Three Battle to Be in the Finale

Originally posted 05/16/2012 10:35PM

Much of Wednesday's American Idol's performance episode was filled with footage of the top three – Joshua Ledet, Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips – on their hometown visits. It was touching footage of these young performers at home feeling like superstars. But who's going to cash in their Idol ticket for a chance at super-stardom?

They all have potential and they all sang three songs each on Wednesday during three rounds of competition. Song choice was selected by the judges, followed by the contestants, followed by mentor and vocal coach Jimmy Iovine.

Here's how it went down …

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An Emotional Homecoming for Idol Jessica Sanchez

Jessica Sanchez Serenades Dad for American Idol Hometown Visit

Originally posted 05/13/2012 04:00PM

Jessica Sanchez was greeted with open arms when she returned to Chula Vista, Calif., for American Idol's hometown heroes week.

Cheered by thousands of fans, the finalist waved as she rode through town in a car with her two little brothers into Eastlake High School's stadium on Saturday.

"I feel amazing," Sanchez, 16, said as she made her way to the stadium's stage. "I'm so happy to represent Chula Vista. It was the people. I missed the people so much. I love you guys. Thank you for all the support."

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American Idol: Who's in the Top Three?

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American Idol's Top Three Revealed

Originally posted 05/10/2012 09:30PM

We're in the home stretch!

On Wednesday, American Idol's final four performed California-themed songs and personal favorites they wished they'd written. According to the judges, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet and Phillip Phillips hit it out of the park.

On the other hand, Hollie Cavanagh, who's perennially in the bottom on elimination nights, fell short on her second performance of Bonnie Raitt's classic "I Can't Make You Love Me."

So who's in the top three and heading home in style on a private jet for the annual hometown extravaganza this weekend? And who's just heading home? Keeping reading to find out ...

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Idol's Final Four Revealed in Shocking Elimination

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American Idol Announces Final Four

Originally posted 05/03/2012 09:20PM

American Idol has its final four!

After Skylar Laine, Joshua Ledet, Hollie Cavanagh, Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez each performed a song from the '60s and another one from the British pop songbook, the top five faced another elimination on Thursday.

And all eyes were on Hollie Cavanagh, who's been a regular in the bottom, but had two impressive performances with Tina Turner's "River Deep-Mountain High" and Leona Lewis's "Bleeding Love."

So did she survive another week? Keep reading to find out ...

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Hollie Cavanagh Bounces Back on American Idol

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Hollie Cavanagh Bounces Back on American Idol

Originally posted 05/02/2012 10:30PM

The finish line is in sight – and as the final five contestants fight to be the winner of American Idol, the competition is fierce. Just like last week, the contestants brought top-notch performances, tackling classic songs from the 1960s and the British pop songbook.

No one seemed to fight harder than Hollie Cavanagh. After another appearance in the bottom last week, she delivered Wednesday with a high-energy version of Ike and Tina Turner's rock-soul rave-up "River Deep-Mountain High," which found her shimmying and shaking across the stage while wearing sky-high heels. For her second tune, she brought tender emotion to Leona Lewis's "Bleeding Love."

"It was a different type of Hollie out there tonight," Jennifer Lopez said of her first song. Randy Jackson also called her this season's "dark horse," adding that her rebound was perfect timing in the competition.

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Idol's Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet Thrill with Queen Songs

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American Idol Contestants Deliver Strongest Performances Yet

Originally posted 04/25/2012 11:00PM

"Wow, what a night so far!" Randy Jackson shouted near the top of Wednesday's American Idol episode. "Who'd a thunk it?"

He was right. After several weeks of uneven performances, the contestants collectively brought their strongest showings in weeks for the two-hour show.

For the first half, the remaining six performed the music of Queen, whose members kicked off the night with an explosive medley of hits, including – fittingly for the unpredictable competition – "Another One Bites the Dust."

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Colton Dixon Sent Home on American Idol

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Colton Dixon Sent Home on American Idol

Originally posted 04/19/2012 09:25PM

The save is gone. So, one of American Idol's talented top seven has to go home.

After performing two songs each the night before, the remaining contestants faced elimination once again – and if they learned anything from last week's shocking results show, it's that no one is safe.

Keep reading to find out who was sent home on Thursday's show ...

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Endangered Idol Contestants Stage a Comeback

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UpdatePosted 04/19/2012 07:30AM

American Idol Does Soul Train

Originally posted 04/18/2012 10:30PM

Dick Clark, known as "America's Oldest Teenager," would have approved of American Idol's theme on Wednesday, which had contestants performing two songs: a No. 1 hit from 2000-2012, and a soul song from "back in the day."

But the theme was actually intended to honor another television pioneer: Soul Train creator Don Cornelius, who also passed away this year.

Ryan Seacrest recognized his hero, saying Idol wouldn't exist with Clark, who died of a massive heart attack Wednesday. But, he acknowledged, the show must go on: "The theme is based around a show similar to American Bandstand," he said, "Soul Train."

So how did the top seven contestants do? Keep reading for a full recap of Wednesday's show ...

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