With only two weeks to go until a winner is chosen, the fight was on Wednesday night for the last three spots on ‘American Idol’ between final four Joshua Ledet, Jessica Sanchez, Hollie Cavanagh and Phillip Phillips.
In round one, the aspiring Idol’s had to perform a “California Dreamin’” song, as in a song by a California artist or one about the state.
Phillip chose Creedence Clearwater Revival’s "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" Steven Tyler cryptically responded with: "You're living proof that the road to success is always under construction."
Hollie powered through Journey's "Faithfully.” Joshua went gospel with Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up,” while 16-year-old Jessica’s haunting performance of Etta James’ “Steal Away” impressed the judges by capturing the maturity of the blues at such a tender age.
The boys and girls split up to perform two duets: Phillip and Joshua sang Maroon 5′s “This Love” between dueling black and white pianos, while Jessica and Hollie tackled The Bangles’ ’80s hit “Eternal Flame” while sitting on aerial swings. Steven couldn’t resist making a “swingers” joke. Dude, they’re only 16!
In round two, the four went solo again to perform songs they wished they’d written themselves.
Philip sang “Volcano” by Damien Rice in such a manner that Randy Jackson called it "one of the best performances of the whole season."
Hollie went with Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me”, to which Jennifer commented: “it got the better of you.”
Joshua decided to honor his mom for mother’s day with a slam-dunk rendition of James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man’s World."
Jessica finished the night with a standing ovation for nailing her performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from “Dreamgirls.”
Who will stay in the top three? It will be revealed on Thursday’s results show when David Cook and Jennifer Lopez perform at 8 pm on Fox.