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American Idol Elimination Surprise: Is There "Something Wrong With the Competition"?

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Going into American Idol tonight, the top six contestants knew that half of them were going to be golden while the other half would sweat.

Such is the case when the bottom three comprises half the competition.

The hopefuls took on two songs apiece last night, one a Queen classic and the other a tune of their choosing.

At this stage of the game, it really did come down to who chose wisely and who didn't.

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Group mentor Jimmy Iovine noted that, if Joshua Ledet was voted off tonight, "There's something wrong with the competition, the voting, the entire ball of wax."

Well, don't worry, the system didn't fail Joshua's fans tonight.

The system sorta failed Skylar Laine, sticking her in the bottom three, but it ultimately was the end of the line for Elise Testone.

Which yes, was a surprise, considering Hollie Cavanagh seemed like the obvious choice weeks ago, but she has since proved to have a sturdier fan base than the more rock 'n' roll-proficient Elise.

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The 28-year-old said farewell to the competition with a rendition of her best performance of the season, Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love."

Phillip Phillips can continue to do no wrong, avoiding the bottom three despite receiving some of the judges' most lackluster praise last night. He joined Jessica Sanchez and, most deserving of all, Joshua Ledet in golden territory.

Katy Perry, her hair a deep violet, entertained the crowd mid-reaping with her latest hit, "Part of Me."

Do you think America got it right, or was it Hollie's turn to go? And did Phillip deserve to avoid the bottom three? Sound off in the comments!

(Originally published April 26, 2012, 6:21 p.m. PT)

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