Saturday, March 3, 2012

Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet make the top 13

The night before yesterday, 16-year-old Jessica Sanchez, my favorite of American Idol season 11, and 19-year-old Joshua Ledet, my second favorite, have claimed a spot in season 11's top 13. Sanchez is from San Diego, California. Ledet is from Westlake, Louisiana. During top 25 week, Ledet performed "You Pulled Me Through" by American Idol season 3 finalist Jennifer Hudson. Meanwhile, Sanchez performed an earlier Jennifer Hudson song called "I Love You I Do", from the film Dreamgirls, which Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar for.

Here are the top 13 of American Idol season 11:

DeAndre Brackensick (Wildcard chosen by Steven Tyler) (born October 21, 1994)
Hollie Cavanagh (born July 5, 1993)
Colton Dixon (born October 19, 1991)
Heejun Han (born April 20, 1989)
Jermaine Jones (born November 3, 1986)
Skylar Laine (born February 1, 1994)
Joshua Ledet (born April 9, 1992)
Shannon Magrane (born October 21, 1995)
Phillip Phillips (born September 20, 1990)
Jeremy Rosado (Wildcard chosen by Jennifer Lopez) (born March 24, 1992)
Jessica Sanchez (born August 4, 1995)
Elise Testone (born July 29, 1983)
Erika Van Pelt (Wildcard chosen by Randy Jackson) (born December 12, 1985)

Contenders: Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips, Skylar Laine, Colton Dixon, Elise Testone, Hollie Cavanagh
Pretenders: Jeremy Rosado, Jermaine Jones, Shannon Magrane, Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han, DeAndre Brackensick
Here is my prediction:

Winner: Jessica Sanchez
Runner-up: Phillip Phillips
Third Place: Hollie Cavanagh
Fourth Place: Joshua Ledet
Fifth Place: Colton Dixon
Sixth Place: Elise Testone
Seventh Place: Skylar Laine
Eighth Place: Heejun Han
Ninth Place: DeAndre Brackensick
Tenth Place: Shannon Magrane
Eleventh Place: Jeremy Rosado
Twelfth Place: Jermaine Jones
Thirteenth Place: Erika Van Pelt

In a perfect world, season 11 would go like this:

Winner: Jessica Sanchez
Runner-up: Joshua Ledet
Third Place: Hollie Cavanagh
Fourth Place: Phillip Phillips
Fifth Place: Elise Testone
Sixth Place: Colton Dixon
Seventh Place: DeAndre Brackensick
Eighth Place: Jeremy Rosado
Ninth Place: Heejun Han
Tenth Place: Shannon Magrane
Twelfth Place: Erika Van Pelt
Thirteenth Place: Jermaine Jones

Wednesday night, on top 13 week, the male finalists would take on Stevie Wonder songs, while the female finalists would pay tribute to the late great Whitney Houston. The lowest vote-getting guy and the lowest vote-getting girl will face the judges. I think Jeremy Rosado will be that guy, and I think Shannon Magrane will go home at 13th place.

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