Jessica Sanchez, Phillip Phillips make ‘Idol’ final

Published: May 19, 2012

“American Idol” finale will consist of a performance and result show on May 22 and 23 respectively. PHOTO: FILE

NEW YORK: 

He brought the “American Idol” judges to their feet, but Joshua Ledet couldn’t win over fans and was sent home from the top-rated TV talent show on Thursday, leaving Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips to battle for the crown on next week’s finale.

The elimination of Ledet — through audience voting and not by the judges — sets up a final showdown between Sanchez and Phillips to determine who will be named the next “American Idol”, a distinction that has belonged to hitmakers such as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, among others.

Sanchez has impressed the judges from the beginning of the current season with her technical mastery of music, despite being the youngest contestant at age 16. Singer-songwriter Phillips has won plaudits for bringing his own distinctive style of guitar playing music to other artists’ songs.

Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe on Friday called both finalists “very quiet people” off stage, but said they were very focused on winning the title and a guaranteed recording contract.

He said Sanchez, who was saved from elimination by the judges in April after getting the fewest votes from the public, “needs a song that is going to have a magic moment, that she hits that note, that she grabs us.”

Phillips, who has an army of young female fans, should leave aside the mid-tempo, lesser known numbers he favours for next week’s three-song performance finale in Los Angeles. “He has got to go out there and do something that grabs that audience and makes them stand up and pick up a telephone at home and vote for him. I think he needs to find a song that people know,” Lythgoe said.

The finale will consist of a two-hour performance episode on Tuesday, May 22, followed by a results episode on Wednesday, May 23. The winner will receive a recording contract.

Now in its 11th season, “Idol” continues to be the most-watched reality show in the United States. Audiences vote for their favorite performers by phone and text message each week as contestants are challenged by a variety of musical styles.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 20th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (1)

  • ezj
    May 20, 2012 - 6:19AM

    Phillips is playing the “under dog” card but I think it will back fire on him. No. 1: If he is truly in pain that really needs urgent surgery (according to the doctor/s- Phillips or they claimed) then he should be in so much pain he could not even stand erect and, more so, sing. Not even a stupid doctor would recommend “urgent” surgery without laboratory findings supporting it. No.2: He refuses to wear outfits that fits the occasion but instead wear a J.C. type of clothing. The reason -he wants to impressed the crowds with his ” I belong to you guys”. No.3: He claims to be a mere “pawnshop employee”but turned out to be the son of the owner- a wealthy, gun-toting owner of a huge pawn/antic shop similar to “Pawn Star”. The reason: “I belong to you guys”. No. 4: Just look at how he plays that smiley, cutey, charming white guy with guitar card he is playing!! America is starting to see it clearer and clearer.

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