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American Idol Insider: Who'll Go Home Tonight and Who's Safe?

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And then there were four...

American Idol's grand finale is just around the corner and we can almost smell the confetti. Or not, considering confetti doesn't actually smell like anything, but you get what we mean. The top four, Hollie Cavanagh, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez, took the stage last night to battle it out. Their themes? California Dreamin' and The Song I Wish I Wrote. (Side note: can't believe no one chose "The Thong Song" for that one!)

So who do we think is in danger of getting booted? And who really impressed us? Find out...

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Our Top Five Performances

5. Jessica Sanchez's "Steal Away"

How awesome was it to finally see Jessica get her growl on during her take on Etta James' "Steal Away"?! We loved the grittiness of Jessica's performance and could feel her conviction, something we felt like she had been lacking recently. Basically, we hope her alter ego Bebe Chez continues to take over!

4. Hollie Cavanagh's "Faithfully"

Confident, relaxed and poised, Hollie proved just how far she's come during her performance of this Journey classic. Hollie also proved she has a knack for song choice considering Glee covered the song during the  season one finale and the value of the Gleeks' support can never be overstated!

3. Phillip Phillips' "Volcano"

He's ba-aack! This is the first performance of Phillip's that we've really enjoyed in quite some time. He was in his element and delivered a truly poignant and memorable performance, something he really needed to do after his lackluster cover of "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" earlier in the night. 

2. Jessica Sanchez's "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"

Jessica's vocal ability is, in a word, insane. Seriously, how is this girl only 16?! So why didn't this performance rank number one? Well, she didn't top Jennifer Hudson's iconic take on the tune and it was slightly screamy for us. Go on, yell at us if you must!

1. Joshua Ledet's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World"

Excuse us while we continue to fan ourselves after Joshua's truly electric and showstopping (well....almost, but we'll get to that in a second!) of the James Brown classic. One of our favorite performances in the 11-year history of American Idol, it was that good. 

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Who's In Trouble

2.  Phillip Phillips

Could this be the week Idol's resident hot guy finally finds himself in danger of going home? Given that he is, for the most part, being outsung by his fellow competitors, it could be. Then again, you can never underestimate the power of the young girl vote. Are we right, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze and Scotty McCreery, or are we right? 

1. Hollie Cavanagh

While her first performance was stellar, we don't think Hollie really understood the meaning behind her second song ("I Can't Make You Love Me") and it just fell a bit flat for us. Given the fact that she's been in the bottom three (and two) more times than her fellow contestants, Hollie needed to be peh-fect last night...and she wasn't. 

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Exit Prediction: After escaping elimination week after week, we think tonight is the end of Hollie's Idol journey. 

Agree or disagree? Sound off in the comments!

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