Top 3 'American Idol' Finalists Revealed

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May 10th, 2012


via press release:









Lisa Marie Presley and AMERICAN IDOL Runner-Up Adam Lambert

to Perform on Next Results Show Thursday, May 17


Two-Night Season 11 Finale Airs Tuesday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 23


Tonight, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez were named the Top Three AMERICAN IDOL finalists. One of them will be crowned the next AMERICAN IDOL, but not before all three travel back to their hometowns, to see family, friends and fans. After America cast a season-high 70 million votes for their favorite finalists, it also was revealed that Hollie Cavanagh had received the fewest number of votes and was eliminated from the competition.


With only two performance shows left in the season, tune in next week, Wednesday, May 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), when the Top Three return to their hometowns and find out what songs the judges and Jimmy Iovine have chosen for them to perform. Each finalist will sing three songs: “Judges’ Choice”; “Jimmy’s Choice”; and “Their Choice.”


Don’t miss the live results show the following night, Thursday, May 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), when host Ryan Seacrest will announce the Top Two finalists who battle it out in the Grand Finale. In addition, Lisa Marie Presley will perform “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet,” from her new album “Storm & Grace,” and Season Eight runner-up Adam Lambert performs his new song, “Never Close Our Eyes.”


As the Top Three prepare to return to their hometowns, here’s what they’re looking forward to:


JOSHUA:  “Performing at the Burton Coliseum. I’m excited to see it filled with my friends and family!”


JESSICA: “I’m excited to see my friends and family and I want to visit Eastlake Middle School. I love my fans in San Diego so much. I want to give them all kisses!”


PHILLIP:  “There are so many things I am looking forward to – seeing my family, jamming out with the guys, chicken and cheese nachos and homemade chicken pot pie!”



The Top Three finalists are:


Joshua Ledet

Hometown: Westlake, LA

Age: 20


Keep up with Joshua at:


Phillip Phillips

Hometown: Leesburg, GA

Age: 21


Keep up with Phillip at:

Jessica Sanchez

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Age: 16


Keep up with Jessica at:


On tonight’s results show, global superstar and AMERICAN IDOL judge, Jennifer Lopez,  performed her hit new song “Dance Again.” Season Seven AMERICAN IDOL winner David Cook also returned to the IDOL stage to perform “The Last Song I’ll Write For You.”


“Like” AMERICAN IDOL on Facebook at Follow the series on Twitter @AmericanIdol and join the discussion at #Idol. Also, follow host Ryan Seacrest at @RyanSeacrest, and follow the judges: @yo_randyjackson; @JLo; and @iamstevent.


AMERICAN IDOL is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of CKX, Inc. and FremantleMedia North America. The series is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, CEO, XIX Entertainment, and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America; Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America; and Nigel Lythgoe, CEO, Nigel Lythgoe Productions.


See what happens every Thursday when the show ends, but the cameras keep rolling, as the eliminated finalist says an emotional goodbye and exits the IDOL stage. Visit for this exclusive insider’s view each week after the West Coast broadcast of the results show, as well as for exclusive videos, interviews, photos and special behind-the-scenes information.

  • JS

    Disappointed Holly didn’t make it- but, that gives me a week off- before the Finale. Phillip should have been gone long ago. Jessica/Joshua final should be a sure thing. I didn’t believe it – at first- but, now I’m starting to think that it REALLY was a fix the week the 2 of them were in bottom 3 when Jessica was saved. They HAD to have the judges use the save at some point (since Jermaine Jones was dq’d) or they’d be down to the Final 2 a week BEFORE the finale. My favorites have now finished 1st, 7th, 2nd, 1st, 2nd, 1st, 7th, 11th, 6th, 3rd and 4th. And YES- all of them were the HOTTEST girls each season. What do I know from singing? I’m a comedian. :)

  • statik

    I believe it’s all fixed until they reveal exactly how many votes each contestant received —
    it’s the same with all the “voting” shows — they never say how many votes each person got—
    70 million votes–but by how many people–i could vote 50 times if I wanted–how many people voted is what I want to know

  • Bob

    Go Phillip. Best of the bunch. The others are controlled by Idol and will be another disappointment. Phillip is like Chris Daughtry where he won’t listen to the producers and will most likely be more successful then the others.

  • Fischer

    Go Jessica!! P2 is the worst, he is just like Kris/Lee… He is not radio friendly and by the time his album comes out, all the teen girls who voted for him will foget he ever existed and his album will flop. I mean voters should open their eyes. IDOL hasn’t had a female winner in 5 years. Jessica could be a superstar, she already had a massive international fanbase, plus she is ready for pop/R&B radio

  • josh

    Damn, Hollie was elliminated! please, America you don’t know how to vote, she was beyond better than phillip phillips and joshua. come on..

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