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Joshua Ledet wows `American Idol’ judges

- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 9, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The "American Idol" judges are under Joshua Ledet's spell, and they aren't afraid to show it.

For the second week in a row, the panel on Wednesday lavished the 20-year-old from Westlake, La., with praise, especially for his performance of "It's a Man's World." Ledet earned a standing ovation from the judges for the James Brown song and also won them over with a version of Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up."

Sixteen-year-old Jessica "Bebe Chez" Sanchez, of San Diego, got her own show of respect for versions of Etta James' "Steal Away" and Jennifer Holliday's "And I'm Telling You (I'm Not Going)."

Phillip Phillips, 21, of Leesburg, Ga., also won raves for Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" and "Volcano" by Damien Rice.

Only Hollie Cavanagh, 18, of McKinney, Texas, got a split decision from the judges. They loved her version of Journey's "Faithfully" but said she failed to deliver emotional maturity on Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me."

Viewers will determine which of the four contestants won't advance. The voting results are to be announced on Thursday's show.

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