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'American Idol' down to final 2 singers

By Derrik J. Lang

AP Entertainment Writer

LAST UPDATED: 11:05 p.m. HST, May 17, 2012

LOS ANGELES >> "American Idol" finalist Joshua Ledet won't be belting it out on this season's final showdown.

The booming 20-year-old vocal powerhouse from Westlake, La., was revealed Thursday to have received the fewest viewer votes on the Fox talent contest, leaving bluesy 21-year-old crooner Phillip Phillips of Leesburg, Ga., and sassy 16-year-old budding diva Jessica Sanchez of San Diego to compete for the show's record deal grand prize on next week's finale.

"I just feel that we're all winners at this point," Ledet said before his eviction. "If I end up not making it and my friends make it, I'll be voting for both of them."

Ledet had been one of the judges' favorite finalists, earning more than a dozen standing ovations from the panel for his renditions of such songs as James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" and Bruno Mars' "Runaway Baby." However, the gospel singer wasn't able to win over enough voters. He twice appeared as a low vote getter before Thursday's dismissal.

"Idol" host Ryan Seacrest said 90 million viewer votes were cast this week.

Phillips and Sanchez, who sometimes performs as her alter ego "Bebe Chez," will face off Tuesday, with the 11th season "Idol" champion crowned on Wednesday. Phillips has never found himself at the bottom of the voting spectrum, while Sanchez was due to be eliminated during the finals' sixth round, but the judges used their one-time-only power to rescue her from elimination.

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kennysmith wrote:
i just wish it was off tv right now?.
on May 18,2012 | 05:16AM
onevoice82 wrote:
At least tell us why, or offer your well thought out opinion on why this show bothers you as opposed to for example, "Two and a Half Men" that belittles woman and teaches men to be pigs! I could give you a huge list of shows that I would prefer to see fail, then a talent contest where a 16 year old girl can come back from being voted out and work hard for her dream in life only to end up in the final two. What part of that do you not like?????
on May 18,2012 | 05:28AM
kailua000 wrote:
This is pure entertainment, just fun. If you no like turn it off. Its not people running around taking off their clothing, just wanting to be on a reality show. These kids have some talent and some of us enjoy it.
on May 18,2012 | 06:01AM
MakaniKai wrote:
kailua000 ~ I agree. Don't watch if you don't like it. I vote for "Bebe Chez" as the next American Idol. Liked her from the beginning. Both are talented. Aloha.
on May 18,2012 | 08:20AM
onevoice82 wrote:
I would be shocked if Phillip Phillips beats Jessica! If that happens it would only be because the primary voters are teenage girls and they tend to vote for the boys in a shootout.
on May 18,2012 | 10:00AM
Oahuan wrote:
I'm just glad Joshua is not in the finals. Can't see how he would be marketable as a music idol.
on May 18,2012 | 09:52AM
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