Joshua, Hollie, Phillip and Jessica faced elimination Thursday – find out who was sent home

By Aaron Parsley
May 10, 2012 09:30 PM
Michael Becker/FOX

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.

On the other hand, Hollie Cavanagh, who’s perennially in the bottom on elimination nights, fell short on her second performance of Bonnie Raitt’s classic “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”

So who’s in the top three and heading home in style on a private jet for the annual hometown extravaganza this weekend? And who’s just heading home? Keeping reading to find out …

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Jessica and Joshua were the first to be told they were safe. Then, it came down to Phillip and Hollie.

“In years past we’ve had a few surprises at this stage in the game,” host Ryan Seacrest said. “Think [Chris] Daughtry, remember that? Or [James] Durbin.”

But that wasn’t the case on Thursday: Phillip was declared safe and Hollie was told she was out.

As she sang her sang her swan song – Miley Cyrus‘s “The Climb” – her pal Joshua cried from his seat on the safe couch.

The top three will be heading home for their hero’s welcome this weekend. Next week, they’ll be back to perform for the judges and America’s votes again.

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