With only one week until the next "American Idol" winner is crowned, the field was wide open during the final elimination show. In my mind, there were two deserving competitors and two marketable competitors, and the pairs were not necessarily the same. I'll leave it to you to decide which of the three remaining singers fit those categories.
Regardless, three had to become two, so without further ado: The last contestant to be eliminated before the finale was ...
My marketable pair won out! I'm mostly just stoked to have a girl in the finale again. If we're judging by pure vocal talent, Jessica should be a lock, but can she break the four-year winning streak of white guys with guitars? We'll find out next week, after saying goodbye to "the most exciting showman we have in the contest right now," as Jimmy Iovine dubbed Joshua.
The rest of the night was padded by the usual guest performances, this time from previous "Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert and (bafflingly) Lisa Marie Presley. The final three also performed "Got To Get You Into My Life" by The Beatles for their group number, and now that the herd has been culled, the contestants actually sounded pretty good together, for once. We also had a tedious extended promo for the latest "Ice Age" movie, and a Ford music video in the style of a silent movie (though sadly, not literally silent).
Do you think the right contestant went home tonight? Do you think Jessica or Phillip will win next week? Share your predictions below!
"American Idol" airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.