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American Idol 2012: Phillip Phillips sings 'Volcano' by Damien Rice; good enough for Top 3?

So...will I be traveling to Leesburg, Ga., on Saturday? I think so.

Leesburg resident Phillip Phillips arguably wasn't the strongest singer when the top four "American Idol" contestants performed Wednesday night. But he was strong enough to make me pretty confident he'll advance to the top three and visit his hometown this weekend.

Get details on Phillip's possible Saturday homecoming celebration here. And of course, if Phillip advances I'll be in Leesburg on Saturday...tweeting, blogging, Facebooking and all that good stuff.

On Wednesday's episode of "American Idol," the top four contestants each sang two songs. They performed a song by a California act, as well as a tune they wish they would've written.

Joshua Ledet and Jessica Sanchez had "moments" with their songs in the second round -- Joshua on "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" and Jessica on "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." Phillip wowed the judges with his take on Damien Rice's "Volcano" in the second round.

And Hollie Cavanagh? Well, she didn't have any train wreck moments, but singing two ballads likely wasn't the best move at this stage in the game.

Weigh in: Who's going home this week? Here's a full recap of the show.


Phillip Phillips, "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?": This CCR tune seems like a good match for Phillip, who takes the stage sans guitar. It's a fun, entertaining performance, though it doesn't exactly scream "uniqueness." Ultimately, this song probably won't be a major game changer for Phillip. It's not the elusive Moment, but it's not a train wreck, either.

Steven: "You're living proof that the road to success is always under construction."

Jennifer: "I think you did a great job."

Randy: "It started off a little the time you hit the first chorus, then your whole vibe lightened up."

Hollie Cavanagh, "Faithfully": I kind of wish Hollie would have opted for a fast song over this Journey ballad. But that's just personal preference. Things start off a little rough, but Hollie really delivers some power notes on this performance. Technically, it's really impressive. Is it good enough to ensure Hollie's safe this week? I'm not sure.

Randy: "You're peaking at the right time in this competition."

Jennifer: "You had such a confidence about you."

Steven: "Beautiful."

Joshua Ledet, "You Raise Me Up": Joshua gives a slightly predictable performance on this Josh Groban tune, but it still has good moments. Again, it's not a total game changer. It's consistent with what Josh has delivered all season. I always think he over-sings a bit. The song gets full gospel treatment, and Joshua even stands on an elevating platform. It's not as strong as his past performances.

Jennifer: "It was another great performance for you."

Steven: "The world is accepting you now like nobody's business."

Randy: "I think you're an amazing artist with a ginormous career ahead of you."

Jessica Sanchez, "Steal Away": As usual, Jessica pulls out lots of soul on this Etta James tune. My biggest criticism is that for some reason, her emotion seems a little forced tonight. It takes me a little while to get into the performance. Once again, Jessica's technical skills impress me. But it seems like there's a little something missing from this one.

Jennifer: "You're just one of the best."

Steven: "I loved it."

Randy: "Your vocals are ridiculous."

DUET TIME! Wow, I'm so glad we're still doing these. Joshua Ledet and Phillip Phillips duet on "This Love." Um, it's better than what we saw last week.

Steven: "Perfect."

Jennifer: "That was like a perfect song."

Randy: "You guys had fun with it. I thought it sounded amazing."

ANOTHER DUET! Hollie Cavanagh and Jessica Sanchez sing "Eternal Flame." They sing the beginning of the song on swings. Weird. BORING.

Randy: "That was a little strange for me, actually...I just didn't like that."

Jennifer: Mumbles incoherently

Steven: Says the girls didn't sound as good as the guys on the duet

GROUP PERFORMANCE! OK, clearly this show didn't need to be 2 hours. The kids sing "Waiting for a Girl Like You." Again...weird.

Phillip Phillips, "Volcano": This is a Damien Rice tune. Phillip Phillips takes the stage with his guitar and quickly enters his element. It's an emotional, restrained performance. Maybe it's a little too "artsy" for the "Idol" stage, but I really like it. This song puts Phillip outside the realm of your typical bar singer. Is it a little sleepy? Yes. Will that hurt Phillip? No way.

Steven: "That was just beautiful."

Jennifer: "Very few people could have pulled that off...It was one of the most beautiful, poignant moments a contestant has ever had."

Randy: "That's what's up right there."

Hollie Cavanagh, "I Can't Make You Love Me": Yikes. I really wish Hollie would've resisted an urge to perform two ballads this week. Not exactly the smartest strategy. Hollie hits some nice power notes on this one, but once again she seems disconnected. I enjoy it at first, though the whole thing gets a little sleepy pretty quickly. She could be in trouble.

Steven: "It fell a little short..."

Jennifer: Agrees with Steven, says she didn't connect with the song

Randy: "You need things that are going to give you a moment...the wrong choice at the wrong time."

Joshua Ledet, "It's a Man's Man's Man's World": Joshua Ledet or Juliet Simms? The battle! Immediately, I know this song is a perfect fit for Joshua. He seems "on" from the get-go, which is a quality he didn't show with his first song. Wow...this is pretty awesome. Really amazing performance. Tons of attitude, vocal power and everything else. Standing ovation from the judges.

Steven: "I never heard anything like that in my life."

Jennifer: "That was sickening."

Randy: "I think it's one of the best performances in the history of any singing show."

Jessica Sanchez, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going": I have a hard time when contestants tackle these big songs. Even if the performance is amazing, there's still the fatigue factor of simply hearing the song performed so many times. That aside, Jessica sounds pretty fantastic on this...easily one of the top two tonight, from a technical standpoint. I have an issue with the song choice, though. Standing ovation from the judges.

Steven: "Another winning performance...just over the top."

Jennifer: "There's nothing to just let out so much through your voice."

Randy: "Another great performance."