‘American Idol’ top 3 rankings: Jessica Sanchez vs. Joshua Ledet again

Who's got the best shot?

It’s really been a while since we had a top 3 on “American Idol” that was this unpredictable. As a matter of fact, we’d be willing to go all the way back to Jordin Sparks’ win back in season 6 where it was not obvious who was going to back into the actual finale. (Yes, we all wanted Haley Reinhart to make it last year — but the Scotty McCreery / Lauren Alaina ending seems obvious.)

With that in mind, let’s get to our rankings — which we are basing on a number of things, from overall performance quality to fan support to even where some of Hollie Cavanagh’s fans are going to vote now that she is gone.

3. Phillip Phillips (last week: #3) – Phillip is really a tough call at this point. Is it clear that he has an enormous fanbase? Definitely, but out of the three remaining contestants it’s clear that he has been the most inconsistent contestant week after week.

Had he not given a rather brilliant performance of Damien Rice’s “Volcano” — his best arguably since his first audition — things are not a little bit more interesting. If he finds another song that is right for him, his base could carry him into the finale.

2. Jessica Sanchez (last week: #2) – Notice a trend here? Ultimately, we feel that the rankings are all the same as last week for one reason — breakout performances for all three of them. As great as Phillip’s “Volcano” was, Jessica’s “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” was somehow even better.

If Jessica wants to be the first saved contestant ever in the finale, what she needs to do is find a way to not just please her diehard fans, but also win over some of Hollie’s fans by capturing some of that youthful energy. Personally, we’d like to see her mix it up with a soulful ballad, a throwback, and a modern performance — think Karmin or Jessie J — that captures her age better than Etta James.

1. Joshua Ledet (last week: #1) – Let’s face it — Joshua’s cover of “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” was an “Idol” moment on par with David Archuleta’s “Imagine,” Carrie Underwood’s “Alone,” or Adam Lambert’s “Mad World” — it was a watershed moment and one of the best performances we have ever heard on this show.

We still don’t know whether or not Joshua will win for sure, but in our mind there is no question that it will be a dire travesty if he is not in the final. He is arguably the most consistent performer since Crystal Bowersox two seasons ago, and could be a star in the gospel / R&B world. It also certainly helps him that he and Hollie were best friends on the show, and we see him getting the majority of her support.

It’s Joshua’s world right now — and we are just living in it.

At this point in the competition, do you think that we have the most-unpredictable final three ever — and who do you want to see yet?

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