'American Idol' Recap: Did Joshua Ledet Blow His Chance At The Finals?

Wed, May 16, 2012 11:28pm EDT by 33 Comments
American Idol Final Three Season 11

The top three made it to the ‘Choices Week’ of the ‘American Idol’ competition, but the most important choices now are America’s! Who should be in the finals next week?

The three remaining American Idol finalists — Joshua Ledet, Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips – took on three songs May 16: one picked by a judge, one picked by themselves, and one picked by Jimmy Iovine. In order to get into the most coveted spot of the finals, they had to deliver performances like they never have before. So who shined and who blew it? You’ll be surprised to find out the answer!

Joshua Ledet:

Etta James, “I’d Rather Go Blind”

Joshua was given the death spot tonight, which was surprising since Jennifer Lopez called him “the best singer in the last 50 years!” But after Randy Jackson‘s choice was revealed, I could see why he was given this spot. It was safe and very forgettable. Joshua seemed to be on auto pilot, which for him is a good place to be — but we’re talking about competing for a chance to get to the finals of American Idol here. The judges were in love, yet again — and basically said he should win the competition. Still, I don’t think Randy chose wisely for Joshua; he should have challenged him just a little more. It was nothing bad, but also nothing amazing.

Mary J. Blige, “No More Drama”

This was Joshua’s best performance of the night, but nowhere near what he has done before. He picked it up towards the end and made the song exciting. Having this performance after the bashing of Phillip will probably also help matters. The judges didn’t go as insane as I thought they would, but they still loved it. This will be — and should be — the last time we see Joshua on stage. No matter how many times people want to say he is the best singer of all time, the fact is, he is not.

John Lennon, “Imagine”

This is pretty much one of the greatest songs ever written, but after Joshua sang it, I think that he’s in trouble and will be voted off tomorrow. This was very bland and very karaoke. There were good moments, and Joshua can obviously sing, but this was a misstep. So overall, he was in the death spot, he didn’t get a great judges song, and he didnt sing his own choice song very well. Not a good sign. And J. Lo did her good-comments-that-actually-mean-bad routine. The judges seemed to try to save him a little bit here, but this just wasn’t Joshua’s night. He’s in the most trouble for sure.

Jessica Sanchez:

Mariah Carey, “My All”

J. Lo actually chose a great song for Jessica. This was younger and more thought-out than anything she’s done all season. She wasn’t growling, and she wasn’t shrieking and carrying on. She was actually singing and feeling the song. She looked more reserved and comfortable on stage, and — wait for it — I really liked the performance! If she does this for the rest of the show, and in her career, she will be a star. This was the first time she really felt the emotion and sang Mariah Carey like a Mariah Carey song should be sung. The judges liked it, but didn’t go crazy for it, even though Steven Tyler may have told her she was the winner. She was definitely in the zone; I just hope she doesn’t go back to her diva ways and ruin it.

Aerosmith, “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”

This was a far cry from Jessica’s first song performance. It sounded like the music actually overpowered her vocals. It was a decent performance, but she made such an iconic song sound sort of hokey. Jessica, who won round one, certainly lost round two here. She did do better than Joshua, but when Steven almost on cue said it was greater than his own rendition, he was wrong — but what was he going to say? She was bold to do this song. Randy was looking for a moment, and though he said there was one, I don’t believe she pulled it off. Jessica obviously needs direction, so hopefully she gets great producers to lead her down the right path because she doesn’t have that power in her quite yet.

Jackson 5, “I’ll Be There”

This is a great song that was amazingly done by both The Jackson 5 and Mariah Carey. I’ve been waiting for her to do something young, and she finally did it. Jimmy thought the same, and gave her a great song to sing. This proved once again that when songs are picked for her, they are home runs — but when she chooses stuff herself, not so much. This performance sealed her spot in the finals with Phillip. I’m glad they went more Jackson than Mariah, but the judges weren’t loving it, especially Randy. I agree there wasn’t a moment. Randy wanted the Mariah version. I didn’t. Jessica should be in good shape.

Phillip Phillips:

Madcon, “Beggin”

Steven chose a song that was tailor made for Joshua — which may not have helped Phillip much. The one thing I liked is that this forced Phillip to do something different than what he usually does with his song choices. The song improved as it went on, but at best, he came in second this round. Jessica definitely won round one. That said, the fans loved this performance and gave him the most cheers, so I think he should actually be safe. The judges were in love with his performance, but when are the judges ever worth their comments? Not very often. (Thankfully, Jimmy brings everyone back to earth.)

Matchbox 20, “Disease” 

With this choice, Phillip brought himself to the front for the second round. He is the only one of the remaining Idols who actually knows who he is in this competition. Whether you like it or not, this is what Phillip will sound like in concert. This performance was not a moment, and not the best he has ever done, but it was good enough to get him to the finals. If he’s not in the finals, it would be a shame. The judges didn’t think this was the ‘wow’ performance because they really want a Joshua/Jessica final. Their intentions have been obvious all season. If the judges’ opinions have any clout, this may have ruined Phillip’s chances. We shall see what America really cares about tomorrow! I’m scared because every time the judges bash someone, they usually go home. Just like Hollie Cavanagh last week.

Bob Seger, “We’ve Got Tonight”

This is one of the greatest songs ever, and Phillip absolutely slayed it. It was spectacular. The only complaint was the last line, but overall, it was a complete home run. The judges loved it as well, and gave him a standing ovation. Steven added that he looked like he didn’t give a s**t, which was actually a compliment, and the perfect thing to say at this time in the competition.

So HollywoodLifers, after tonight’s performances, which two singers deserve to be in the finals next week? Sound off below!

— Russ Weakland


More Idol:

  1. Recap: It’s Hollie Cavanagh’s Time To Go
  2. Skylar Laine: Why I’m Relieved I’m Off ‘Idol’
  3. Results: The Most Shocking Elimination Yet?

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CHRISTINE WOODS

Posted at 7:10 AM on May 23, 2012  

In my honest opinion, Phillip Phillips should win American Idol as Jessica is a gorgeous singer, but still very young. Phillip is a True musician and it should be his time.

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darko

Posted at 11:28 PM on May 18, 2012  

I think Phillip is just a Dave Mathews wanna be

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Annie

Posted at 1:23 PM on May 18, 2012  

Josh has a great career ahead of him. Probably better than the American Idle winner!

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AA Offen

Posted at 10:54 PM on May 17, 2012  

Phillip Phillips is gorgeous to us gay men as well as his female fans in an obvious screetchy panty wad.
he’s cute as s–t but he can’t sing worth a damn….It’s always this way at the end of the AI line
P P has obviously no training and no soul other than what suites his macho redneck reach….He’s never worked on anything except copying Dave Mathews stance and rediculous footwork …straining for notes and straining to keep up his total suckdom is all the more obvious in light of Sanchez and Ledet, now eliminated ’cause hes just to talented…

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nanlu

Posted at 4:46 PM on May 17, 2012  

I thought P Phillips might pull it out…think he has the best chance of a better recording career……just a thought…..loved his last song…the other 2 do a lot of yelling……

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LOLA

Posted at 8:38 AM on May 17, 2012  

Jessica Sanchez should win the American Idol. Why? she has the natural singing voice. Whatever song she choose to sing, she can make it her own. She can control it. She is supported by 3 countries that will make her a star. Unlike Joshua, his voice is only for clubs and cruise and so boring with all his screaming. Philip? I don’t know about this guy how he even get to top 3? His looks maybe but not young enough like Justin Beiber to make the girls swoon!

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sue kalviskis

Posted at 7:44 AM on May 17, 2012  

I hope Phillips gets thru. Joshua ovrrsings and shrieks

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hannah

Posted at 6:01 AM on May 17, 2012  

I CHOSE JESSICA BECAUSE SHE IS PERFECT WHEN SHE IS SINGING AND GROWLING. AND SHE IS SO CUTE.SHE CANSING ANY SONGS EVEN IF IY IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR HER AGE!!!$””!!¡!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!¡!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Wildon883r

Posted at 5:34 AM on May 17, 2012  

I picked Jessica from day one because she is by far the best talent. Regretfully the top 3 arent the top 3. It should of been Jessica, Hollie and Skylar. Joshua can sing if you like gospel but won’t sell many albums. Pretty face Phillips has little vocal talent and the only reason he is in the top 3 is because of that pretty face that the girls like.

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gbtw

Posted at 2:39 PM on May 17, 2012  

i would put jess, josh, and sklar or hollie for my top 3. but phillips has a style that a lot of people like. it bores me, but he has a large fan base.

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hannah

Posted at 5:10 AM on May 17, 2012  

AGO JESSICA YOU CAN DO IT YOUYOU ARE THE NO. 1IN THE PHILIPPINES AND IN MEXICO

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Riza Joy

Posted at 4:14 AM on May 17, 2012  

About Phillip Phillips,i loved the way he sings.cool and like a real star.especially if his miving his feet,i like it most.while Jessica,i like her too,i wish Phillip and Jessica will compete in the Fina of AI and has a diffirent style and ticnique.i fade up of Joshua style like he is copying Adam Lambert.but we haave only one Lambert in AI.

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Anabelle

Posted at 3:56 AM on May 17, 2012  

Jjoshua is a good singer and i admired him,but only one thing i dont like the way he sing is that,he is squising his throat and sound like a “Cracker”.how could you say Judges that he is the best of all!i dont think so!he has a style but…….for me it doesnt work.no no no no no and no!

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Sharon

Posted at 9:39 AM on May 17, 2012  

What’s a “cracker?”

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Sandu

Posted at 2:02 AM on May 17, 2012  

I agree 100% Joshua – #1, Jessica #2 and Phillip #3. Your voting scale is corrupt and misleading. Shame on you, trying to fool everyone. Do you think people are that stupid.

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Sharon

Posted at 9:41 AM on May 17, 2012  

I completely disagree with you. All Joshua is good for is SHRIEKING at the top of his lungs.

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gbtw

Posted at 2:44 PM on May 17, 2012  

i don’t think that’s ALL he is capable of, that is just how he interprets some songs/emotion. he can also control his voice and go many places with it. i don’t mind the screeching, as long as it’s not too much, and as long as we also see a soft controlled moment with it.

 
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blackbeauty

Posted at 11:05 AM on May 17, 2012  

I agree with you!!!

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blackbeauty

Posted at 11:06 AM on May 17, 2012  

@Sandu

 
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Karen

Posted at 1:32 AM on May 17, 2012  

JOSHUA IS THE MAN AND HOPEFULLY THE NEXT AI!

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valerie baker

Posted at 12:13 AM on May 18, 2012  

All of Joshua’s fan base should unite in some way and protest this unfair elimination of him last night. It was a true slap in the face to him, his family and fans, DONE WITH AI, I ask that all of Joshua’s fans boycott American Idol from this point on.

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Tari

Posted at 1:31 AM on May 17, 2012  

More power, JESSICA wish you good luck for the finals.She wasn’t growling, and she wasn’t shrieking and carrying on. She was actually singing and feeling the song. I really liked the performance!

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grimnells

Posted at 1:15 AM on May 17, 2012  

Philip Philips For The Win! AI is not all about belching out vocal power, it’s all about genuine musicality and PERSONALITY, and we’ve got a lot of vocal power belchers nowadays-Pia Toscano had to face such a reality (let’s face the fact that if we’re talking of the best power belchers, AI10 has got the best like Pia, Jacob, Hailey and Stefano); however, we only got one Dave Matthews on his league, I think Phil should join him there like the way Scotty shared the stage with Josh Turner. Time for Jazz music to rule the AI stage, country music got a home run last season. Phil is getting the same bashing like Scotty did, but hope his supporters shall pray all the way for his home run this season. God bless Philip! BTW, i hope it will be a Philip and Joshua finale this season, Jacob didn’t make it to the finale last season so I hope Joshua will do this time around.

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jenny

Posted at 12:50 AM on May 17, 2012  

phillip got himself a finale spot with “we got tonight”

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ofphero

Posted at 12:31 AM on May 17, 2012  

I don’t know what you were viewing tonight Russ, but Joshua was AMAZING!.. He’s been consistent every week, just as he was tonight.America will not vote Joshua off tomorrow..Like it or Not,Joshua Ledet is the next American Idol..Jessica will be runner up! Phillip, Phillips is going home tomorrow..
And what’s up with your voting scales.. 32 of my house guest voted for Joshua on this page and it still read 23.8% .. the scale didn’t move!!.. humm.. are you playing a head game with the public? Are you trying to make it seam as if people aren’t voting for Joshua?..Shame on you.. I’m just sayin’

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LTB

Posted at 12:42 AM on May 17, 2012  

“32 of my house guest voted for Joshua on this page and it still read 23.8% .. the scale didn’t move!!.. humm.. are you playing a head game with the public?”

Remember that you and your house guests (and yes, you forgot the “s”) are not the only ones who are voting. If, for instance, five hundred people voted at the same time that you and your house guests did, and they all voted for either philip or jessica, then where does that leave your 32 votes for joshua?

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Sharon

Posted at 9:44 AM on May 17, 2012  

I laughed when I read he was claiming he had 32 house guests watching and then voting here!! Who is really playing head games? And I also find it amusing that when the person someone didn’t vote for is winning, how they always claim the poll is rigged!! LOL!

 
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perry h

Posted at 12:00 AM on May 17, 2012  

I have watched all season and I have yet to see where Philip has the talent to fill a concert hall.

To be honest he is most probably a better musican than he is a singer. I have not heard one strong note from him, never heard him carry a tune, and he channels last years winner with those goofy Howdy Doody faces that may turn on 13-19 year old girls.

On the other hand the other two contestants can sing with the best of them, they have range ancan hit both high and low notes and everything in between.

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Sharon

Posted at 9:45 AM on May 17, 2012  

Only if you are a fan of shrieking.

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gbtw

Posted at 2:47 PM on May 17, 2012  

nobody has ever claimed phillip has the best voice. but there have been a lot of great entertainers/singers who did not have great voices in the traditional sense- but they have the x-factor, and the ability to transport the listener to another place/emotion. phillip isn’t my guy, i’m just saying that you don’t have to be a great voice to be a great star.

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lillybug

Posted at 5:37 PM on May 17, 2012  

Totally agree. Phillip is unique and refreshing! He sings the story not just the lyrics!
He’s had my vote from the beginning!

 
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Marissa

Posted at 11:33 PM on May 16, 2012  

I disagree with what you are saying about joshua

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gbtw

Posted at 2:53 PM on May 17, 2012  

ps- i think this idol was a very talented crew, the season on the whole, but it really didn’t have as many moments as i thought it had the potential to have. it was a little bland for me. you should do a topic or poll to get people to say the songs/performances that they thought were the best of the season. for me:
when elise did that hard core rock song… robert plant? forgetting what it was, but it was fantastic and the only time she wowwed me.
when jessica did stuttering (i think i was wowed a couple more times, but that was the most wow to me)
phillip’s volcano song
joshua’s man’s world
skylar always performed well, but not with killer songs- maybe wind beneath my wings, but just b/c that song is so damn good
i can’t even think of any other wow moments. that’s pretty weak. adam lambert had a wow moment pretty much every week on stage- i can even list some of them to date! and he didn’t even win… ridiculous. but honestly, was it just me, or were the wow performances at an alltime low this season? maybe i’m just getting bored of the song selection. and definitely bored of the judges even tho i like them. jimmy was the only one that i even had any interest in hearing what he said (even tho i didn’t think he “got” jessica). i’m switching to x-factor with cowell and britney next season.

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