‘American Idol’ preview: Phillip Phillips, Hollie Cavanagh ones to watch

Someone must fall.

If we were making any bold predictions when it comes to Wednesday night’s “American Idol,” we would be doing so with a slight frown upon our face. Why? We realize that at this point, it’s fairly obvious who has the greatest amount of votes, and who could be heading out the door sooner rather than later.

Person in greatest amount of danger – Elise Testone. Despite having the pimp slot last week, she still was in the bottom two and gave a pretty great performance. Unless she sings her face off and melts every person in the audience (or morphs into a guy with a guitar to attract female voters), she’s a goner.

Person who could be a shocking exit – Phillip Phillips. We know that Phillip has yet to land in the bottom three, but there is something about his performances as of late that makes him seem complacent, even if he really is not that way at all. Phillip is going to have a tough time staying around (let alone winning) unless he performs something other than a midtempo guitar number. Go with a ballad … please! Show off a different side (or “turn the other cheek,” as Randy Jackson would say while making no sense at all).

Person who’s a lock – Colton Dixon. He’s a rocker. He has the Christian vote. He’s golden until at least top 5 or 4.

Person who’s almost as much of a lock – Jessica Sanchez. There’s no way that voters will allow her to be anywhere near in jeopardy over the next couple of weeks. Expect a comeback even bigger than her voice.

Person who desperately needs a big performance – Hollie Cavanagh. Hollie has shown twice that she can give performances that are critiqued negatively by the judges and stay around, ┬áso don’t be surprised if she does so here, as well. Unless she starts emotionally connecting with a song, though, we really can’t see her being around in mid-May, or succeeding as a recording artist. She’s so talented that she has to find a way to pull out more — and if she does that, she’ll be unstoppable.

The wild cards – Joshua Ledet and Skylar Laine. Despite being the two most consistent performers this season, voters seemingly have no clue what to do with these two. Could they be a part of a final three? Sure, and we also think that they along with Jessica should be. While these two are likely safe until top 5, they could either be winners or stunning eliminations after that due to everything from edit to song choice to what they choose to wear on stage.

Who do you think has the biggest advantage going into Wednesday night’s episode?

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