"American Idol" crown will be awarded Tuesday, May 22, on FOX
Joshua Ledet is eliminated from the competition
Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez are "American Idol's" final two finalists. After a season-high of nearly 90 million votes, host Ryan Seacrest announced Thursday that Joshua Ledet received the fewest number of votes and was eliminated from the competition.
"I'm just a normal guy who loves to play music," Phillips said. "I just happened to get lucky and I'm so blessed by it. I'm so excited."
"Being in the position I'm in now is more than I could have ever asked for," added Sanchez. "I've been looking forward to auditioning for 'American Idol' ever since the first season. And now, the first season that I'm eligible, I've made it to the top two! It's crazy what you can do when you put your mind and heart to it! I don't know what could be better than this."
Next week's final performance show promises to be a night to remember as Phillip and Jessica battle it out at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE Tuesday, May 22 (8 p.m.), on FOX.
Tune in the following night for the biggest television event of the season and the momentous season 11 grand finale on Wednesday, May 23 (8 to 10:07 p.m.). The finale will feature special performances by superstar Rihanna, season 10 winner Scotty McCreery and other surprise guests, as well as a Top 12 reunion before America's vote is revealed.
Audition cities and dates for "American Idol" season 12 include Los Angeles on Thursday, June 7; Newark, N.J., on Saturday, June 23; and Chicago on Thursday, July 12. Additional cities, dates and details will be announced onwww.americanidol.com.
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