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Published on May 11th, 2012 | by Melody Simpson


‘American Idol’ Season 11 Review: The Finale Three… Who’s Getting the Grand Welcome Home Celebration?

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With nearly 70 million votes cast this week, one young hopeful met the end of their Idol journey last night as the final four became the final three. Before the results were read, sticking with the theme of the week, the final four opened the show with a performance of “California Dreamin’.” While the vocals were good, the choreography was cheesy and the finalists made no point in pretending that it was anything but. Their movements were stiff and their exhaustion was read all over their face. Hang on final three, the competition is almost over!

Prior to the results being read, this week’s Ford music video, set to Jennifer Lopez’s “Feeling So Good” had a behind the scenes feature with director, Ethan Lader and the finalists on location in Downton LA. The behind the scenes footage was longer than the music video itself. It’s a shame because the music video was actually rather pleasant. All of that hard work and waiting around on set for 10 seconds of footage shown on the air. That’s the business for you. Viewers were also treated to two special guests performances, one from Idol‘s own, judge, Jennifer Lopez. She performed her new song, “Dance Again.”

It seemed as though the producers pre-recorded her live vocals for her to lip sync to come time for the show so that it would appear as though she were singing live. Clearly, there’s no one who can sing and dance at the same time as well as the one and only, Beyonce. They can all try, but it will never work. Also performing was Season Seven American Idol winner, David Cook. He performed his song, “The Last Song I’ll Write For You” which was really beautiful. What a joy it was to see him back on the Idol stage with such great music. If you don’t have the single already, get it on iTunes now.

Getting to the results… as predicted, the one contestant that would not be getting the grand welcome home visit that the final three are given, was Hollie Cavanagh. Everyone knew that 16 year old Jessica Sanchez was safe from elimination, so the concern really fell on the other three contestants. Even though Phil Phillips and Joshua Ledet were wonderful this week, anything can happen. But now that Cavanagh is gone, the stakes have been raised for these two and now it’s a matter of who will be in the final two with Sanchez. Because, let’s face it, if Jessica Sanchez is not in the final two, the finale ratings are not going to be as high as they could have been. Nor will the ratings for next season. But that’s another story.

Between Phillips and Ledet, it is looking like Ledet will take the spot next to Sanchez. I’d much prefer it be Phillips standing by Sanchez’s side but Ledet makes the crowd go wild every time. If that is any indication as to who the crowd is more excited for, Ledet does not have to worry. Now because the person we always want to win rarely ever wins, it would be safe to predict that Ledet could win this year. This would be wildly disappointing. So for once in a very long time, let’s get the person who should without question get the title, be crowned the winner. Jessica Sanchez for the win no matter who is with her in the final two. Who’s with me? Finally, if you’re in the San Diego, CA area, Westlake, LA area, or Leesburg, GA area, keep an eye out for the welcome back parades and concerts the final three will be having within the next few days in their respective hometowns.

Watch American Idol Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8/7c on Fox.

*Photo Credit: Michael Becker / FOX

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  • MXL

    Boo … it seems like all Jessica lovers are Joshua haters.  Well, I personally don’t like Jessica’s singing (boring) unless it’s paired with Joshua’s.  She is soooooooooooo boring.  And her growls are so .. so .. BORING.

  • ninja

    you seemed to be an expert on growling, do you belong to a bear family?

  • icecream

    You all are Jessica haters, she’s great to only be 16. Yeah her song choices suck sometimes but her voice is up there with Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce. Honestly if you ask me Joshua scream gets very old after a while I mean it was cute at first on “When A Man Loves A Woman” but now its predictable. American Idol is more than just singing. It’s about the look, the talent, where can she go, personality, stage presence, performing skills, emotion,and fan base. Joshua is good actually he’s more than good but honestly how far do you think he’s going to go… But there’s no doubt in my mind that Phillip Phillips, Joshua Ledet, and Jessica Sanchez will get a record deal but as far as the American Idol title I think that it belongs to Jessica Sanchez hands down!!!!

  • Nicola Uy

    well Jessica is not boring at all Jessica Deserve the title she’s a diva ok & a versatile singer 

  • Kim Parks

    i love the last three good votes

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