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American Idol Season 11 Top 4 Live

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It's been an interesting journey on American Idol's 11th season, and we're down to the Top 4 contestants. With only two weeks left, we're getting closer to crowning a winner - but who will it be? Tonight, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Hollie Cavanagh and Phillip Phillips will take the stage for one of the final times in the hope of impressing not only judges Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, but the American voters too.

Who will shine and who will fall behind? Stay with Digital Spy live from 8/7c to find out!

> 'American Idol' Top 4 songs revealed: Josh Groban, Etta James, more


22:00Well, that's it for tonight - that actually sorta went quickly there at the end! So, who do we think is headed home tomorrow? It's probably Hollie's turn, right? Still, stranger things have happened, I suppose... Join us tomorrow night at 8/7c to find out!

21:57She's got a great voice, no doubt - she can definitely carry it off, though I don't feel much from it.

Anyway, it's a standing ovation for Jessica, which on sheer technicality I suppose she deserved. Steven calls it "another winning performance" and "over the top". Jennifer admits that it's going to be a "race to the finish" and she has no idea who will win because of Jessica's great vocal ability. "It was a real moment," she adds. Randy thinks that she was "really in it to win it" and says that it's one of the hardest songs in the world to sing, but she slayed it.

'American Idol' Top 4: Jessica Sanchez

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21:52Jessica's singing 'And I'm Telling You' from Dreamgirls - pretty predictable choice for her, but she could kill it. You know who did the best performance of this song I've ever seen, though? Alex on The Glee Project! Seriously, he took us to church on that one. Anyway, there's a lot of potential here, so here's hoping she kills it.

21:45Mindblowingly, he gets a standing ovation for that disaster. Steven thinks that no one has ever sang with that much "compassion" ever on the show. Uh... okay. He can go home right now, apparently - take Joshua with you, Steven! Jennifer admits that she thought she'd seen everything he has to give but she was blown away by the "passion" and "corazon" he brought. Randy also agrees that he delivered and says that everyone who watched this got something from it. Yeah, I got a lot of complaints from the Joshua lovers in the comments. Zing! (Love you guys!!)

21:40Joshua wishes he wrote 'It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World' by James Brown. LOL. Well, at least they have the scream in common.

American Idol: Top 4 - Joshua Ledet

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21:33Steven thinks that her emotional performance fell a little short since she hasn't gone through it, a criticism which Jennifer agrees with. She adds that Hollie should have been singing to America, as it would have been another way into the song that wasn't that literal. Jennifer also thinks that the emotion she did bring affected her vocals.

Randy isn't that bothered too much with her emotional connection, but thinks that the song itself probably wasn't the best idea since she's a totally different type of singer than Bonnie Raitt because it didn't give her a "moment". I sorta agree - it was good, but probably not the best for her despite my earlier enthusiasm.

'American Idol' Top 4: Hollie Cavanagh

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21:28Hollie is proving exactly why I love her, because the song she wishes she wrote is Bonnie Raitt's 'I Can't Make You Love Me'. Uh, yes! That song is one of the best songs ever written, ever. Hands down. That's not up for discussion. Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin wrote the track, not Bonnie herself, but no one could bring it to life like she did. Can't wait to see Hollie do this one - no doubt she'll do it justice.

21:26Steven hears "the musician" this time, saying that he sang differently than he ever has before. What? I don't even know. Jennifer thinks that very few people could have pulled that off, but it's a real testament to who he is and who he wants to be as an artist. She calls it "one of the most beautiful, poignant moments" that a contestant on the show has ever had on the show. "That's what's up," adds Randy. The rest of what he says doesn't matter.

American Idol: Top 4 - Phillip Phillips

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21:22Well, it's time for round two, full of songs the contestants wish they wrote themselves. Phil is up first and what do you think he picked? Damien Rice's 'Volcano', of course. Go on, I'll wait while you managed to get your eyes un-rolled from the back of your head. He'll do his signature Dave Matthews growl, of course, don't worry!

21:15Ryan does a fake-out proposal to Julianne Hough, who's in the audience, instead giving her a note that he supposedly wrote to Tom Cruise. LOL to that. The Top 4 are all singing together now... I wish I could tell what the song is, but Joshua is singing the opening lines and that means my ears have collapsed in on themselves. Oh, right, it's Foreigner's 'Waiting For a Girl Like You'.

'American Idol': The Top 4 on stage together

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21:10Time for some filler! Adam Shankman dropped by the Idol house to check out the scene. Speaking of Adam Shankman, is anyone else excited for So You Think You Can Dance? God, I love that show. I don't even think he's on it anymore, but whatever.

Anyway, Adam is there to show them a sneak peek clip of Rock of Ages, which looks like a movie I would not only never pay to see, I wouldn't even bother to torrent it. But you might! Freedom of expression reigns again!

21:04Randy thinks it was a "little strange" because they're both power singers but never seemed to vary much in range. He didn't like it at all. Jennifer doesn't think it was bad at all and has always loved that Bangles track. Plus, it showed off their "sweetness and power". Steven thinks it was okay and makes a joke about them being "swingers", because... well, it's Steven.

21:01Jessica and Hollie are teaming up for their duet now - they're singing 'Eternal Flame' - I used to love this song when I was a kid. They're on giant swings, too, which I don't really get, but hey, that's art! It's all subjective! Freedom of expression!

'American Idol': Hollie and Jessica duet

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20:54Jennifer thinks it was "funny" since they're so different, but she thinks it was "perfect", comparing them to Usher and Adam Levine. Oh, Jennifer. Come on, now. SMH, as the kids say (type). Randy says that they brought a little something different to it and had fun. I'm done talking about this now.

20:51Phillip and Joshua have come together for a duet - dear God, make it stop - of Maroon 5's 'This Love'. I don't even think this warrants comment. I'm going to mute this for a minute. I've never seen someone with less charis- you know what, I don't need to say it. Namaste, Jenn. See God in everyone.

20:44Jennifer thinks it was "crazy", calling her one of the best singers she's seen in a long time and saying that she could easily compete with any bigtime singer out right now. Steven loves it because it showed "the other side" of her voice and shook off the old her as she becomes a new artist. Randy appreciates that she can tap into the soulfulness of Etta James even though she's only 16, declaring that she could "sing the phone book", as the old saying goes.

'American Idol' Top 4: Jessica Sanchez

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20:41Finally, Jessica Sanchez is singing Etta James' 'Steal Away'. It's a solid performance as per usual, and no doubt she'll have a career and make albums and she's a total star, etc, but I'm sorta bored at the moment. I'd like to see her doing some more of her R&B stuff that she loves, to be honest - it would come off as more authentic!

20:34Jennifer says it's going to be interesting until the finale because there are so many great singers - she thinks it was another great performance for him and loves the drama, telling him to "keep it consistent" and he may win. (Please, no.) Steven is glad that he came out for the show, applauding him for singing "his tush off" and praising him for finding his voice. Randy is also pleased that he came back, saying that Josh is showing people that he can sing any type of music.

American Idol: Top 4 - Joshua Ledet

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20:30Up next, it's my FAVOURITE CONTESTANT EVER!!!!! Joshua Ledet. OMG guys, I love him sooooo much... he is the most amazing singer!!!

Did I fool you? Did you think you were reading the wrong live blog? "LOL" - anyway, he's singing Josh Groban's 'You Raise Me Up' and I'm refraining from commenting on it because I'll never think he's good. Still, saying nothing is better than me talking about how constipated he looks while singing, right?

20:28In case you forgot, Jason Derulo and his bejeweled neck brace have been running a contest with Idol where fans can upload lyrics to help write a song or something. He'll perform that song on the finale - I bet you're waiting with baited breath. I'd rather listen to him sing his own name, but that's probably just me.

20:21Randy is wowed, telling her that she's "peaking at the right time" in the competition. He's amazed to see how much Hollie has grown, saying that she's been "slaying" them every week. "You are right in the zone here," he adds. Jennifer loves seeing her journey, calling it a "beautiful thing" and is emotional watching her onstage as she now has a confidence and laid-back attitude that they've been wanting to see from her. Steven appreciates the opportunity to watch her "creativity blossom", saying, "You make it bloom" and applauding her song choice.

'American Idol' Top 4: Hollie Cavanagh

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20:17Next up, Hollie Cavanagh, who has my vote since Skylar Laine (Y'all!) has gone. She's been through quite a lot in this competition and I think is one of the most dramatically improved of the contestants. I like her a lot. In any case, she's singing Journey's 'Faithfully' - good track. Great version, too! She's gotten so much more comfortable on stage in recent weeks and is coming into her own, which is really lovely to see.

20:09Steven thinks that he's living proof that "the road to success is always under construction", whatever that means. Jennifer says that it sounded good, adding that he had a "Joe Cocker-quality" to his voice and calling it "a great way to start the show". Randy admits that it began a bit rough pitch-wise, but loves that it picked up by the first chorus and was "right on the money".

20:07First tonight is Phillip Phillips - he says that he takes the competition seriously but in a fun way. He's singing Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Have You Ever Seen the Rain?'. I feel like there is far too much CCR on this season of Idol (yes, all two songs of it). The best part of this performance is the badass female sax player, who looks like a terrible extra from a Whitesnake video. It's pretty great.

Phil's singing leaves a bit to be desired and certainly isn't Top 4 material, but I know y'all ladies love him, so feel free to ignore me (or berate me in the comments, of course).

American Idol Top 4 - Phillip Phillips

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20:05The first theme tonight will be 'California' Dreamin', followed by songs the contestants wish that they wrote. Plus, since we really need some filler, we get a look into how they got where they are by revisiting their journey through the competition up until now. Feel free to go grab a snack.

20:01Well, here we go! Only four contestants left! The opening credits have that new Carrie Underwood song 'Blown Away' playing. I love that song. Just thought I'd mention that. In any case, each of our finalists are doing two songs tonight, plus they'll pair off for a duet, as well. Should be a long nice evening!

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