American Idol's Jessica Sanchez & Joshua Ledet Look Back – and Ahead

Joshua Ledet Was 'Relieved' to Be Eliminated from Idol

Only a week after his friend Hollie Cavanagh was eliminated from American Idol, Joshua Ledet had another tearful night on the show Thursday – but this time it was because he was the one sent home.

Ledet said afterwards that he hadn’t planned on crying but became overwhelmed when judge Jennifer Lopez and others came up to hug him after the results were announced.

American Idol: Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez Singing in the Finale

After a marathon performance night, which had the contestants singing three songs each, American Idol’s top three – Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet and Phillip Phillips – faced the final elimination on Thursday.

And even though the contestants say they’ll be happy for whoever wins the competition, only two of them will be able to compete in next week’s finale.

American Idol Finale: Who Deserves to Make It?

All three wowed America on Wednesday. Only two will move on Thursday night.

Not that Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez seem too concerned about that. While it may indeed be the closest American Idol race ever, the three remaining competitors are a tight group – and they appear to be as happy for each other as for themselves.

American Idol: Top Three Battle to Be in the Finale

Much of Wednesday’s American Idol’s performance episode was filled with footage of the top three – Joshua Ledet, Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips – on their hometown visits. It was touching footage of these young performers at home feeling like superstars. But who’s going to cash in their Idol ticket for a chance at super-stardom?

Jessica Sanchez Serenades Dad for American Idol Hometown Visit

Jessica Sanchez was greeted with open arms when she returned to Chula Vista, Calif., for American Idol’s hometown heroes week.

Cheered by thousands of fans, the finalist waved as she rode through town in a car with her two little brothers into Eastlake High School’s stadium on Saturday.

“I feel amazing,” Sanchez, 16, said as she made her way to the stadium’s stage. “I’m so happy to represent Chula Vista. It was the people. I missed the people so much. I love you guys. Thank you for all the support.”

American Idol's Hollie Cavanagh to Joshua Ledet: 'Stop Crying!'

Hollie Cavanagh may have been sent home from American Idol on Thursday night, but she seems to be handling her elimination better than her friend and fellow competitor Joshua Ledet, who cried as Cavanagh performed Miley Cyrus’s “The Climb” after the results were announced.

American Idol's Top Three Revealed

We’re in the home stretch!

On Wednesday, American Idol’s final four performed California-themed songs and personal favorites they wished they’d written. According to the judges, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet and Phillip Phillips hit it out of the park.

American Idol Announces Final Four

American Idol has its final four!

After Skylar Laine, Joshua Ledet, Hollie Cavanagh, Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez each performed a song from the ’60s and another one from the British pop songbook, the top five faced another elimination on Thursday.

Hollie Cavanagh Bounces Back on American Idol

The finish line is in sight – and as the final five contestants fight to be the winner of American Idol, the competition is fierce. Just like last week, the contestants brought top-notch performances, tackling classic songs from the 1960s and the British pop songbook.

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