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American Idol recap: Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez will compete in the Idol finale

So there you have it. Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez will duke it out during the final round of American Idol. This doesn't come as much surprise, as Phillips and Sanchez have been early favorites since the beginning. Joshua Ledet, who appeared in the bottom three or two twice before being eliminated last night, was a judges' favorite, but his gospel singer stylings failed to connect with Idol voters in the same way Sanchez and Phillips did.

Phillips never appeared in the bottom, and Sanchez was to be sent home after the seventh round of the competition, but the judges used their one and only save of the season to rescue her from elimination. Ledet was very supportive of his fellow contestants prior to his elimination, saying he'd support his friends if they went on and he didn't. And go on they shall: On Tuesday Sanchez and Phillips will sing for a record deal and a jump-start to their recording career. The following day, the winner of the eleventh season of American Idol will be announced.



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