This week on the American Idol?2012 top 4 performances?show, the remaining contestants will perform a song from a California-based artist and a song they wish they had written. In addition to the two individual songs, we also expect to see more duets to fill up the two-hour show now that we are down to the American Idol 2012 top 4. Join us for our American Idol 2012 live recap of the top 4 performance show as we find out who brought the house down and who failed to impress in this crucial week on Idol.

Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Phillips Phillips and Hollie Cavanagh are just a few weeks away from reaching that coveted stop in the American Idol 2012 finale. Right now all bets are pretty much off when it comes to predicting who will win American Idol 2012.

After Thursday night’s American Idol 2012 results show, only three will move on to compete last week in the last showdown before the American Idol 2012 finale. While my personal American Idol 2012 prediction is that it will be either Hollie Cavanagh or Phillip Phillips who goes home this time, there is honestly just no way of knowing what the rather unpredictable voters this season will do this week.

Who will get voted off American Idol 2012 this week could be determined by just one bad performance. All of the remaining American Idol 2012 top 4 will have to bring it in a serious way tonight if they want to move on to the next round. Let’s hope all of the singers will be at the top of their game tonight as we head into our American Idol 2012 live top 4 performance night recap!


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American Idol 2012 Top 4 Performances — California Dreamin’ Songs

Phillip Phillips — “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Judges: Steven Tyler says Phillip is something else; living proof that the road to success is always under construction. Jennifer Lopez thinks Phillip had a Joe Cocker quality that was new and not something they had heard before; he did a great job, it was perfect. Randy Jackson says Phillip had a bit of a pitch problem in the beginning, it was a little rough,?but it all started going great when he started smiling, then it was sensational.

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Hollie Cavanagh — “Faithfully” by Journey

Judges: Steven Tyler says Hollie has shown she’s grown up and blossomed; she is so creative and her song choice was over the top. Jennifer says she has always believed in Hollie?and knew she could be so good; it was very beautiful. Randy thinks Hollie?is peaking at the right time and she is doing it; he is amazed at how she has been slaying it and she did Journey proud. He calls her dude and dawg, which is high compliment from Randy.

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Joshua Ledet — “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban

Judges: Steven says he is so glad Joshua got on that plane, he sang his tush off, the world is accepting him like nobody’s business. Jennifer Lopez says OMG, another great performance, she loves the drama, really, really great; keep it consistent. Randy Jackson says he is really happy Joshua came back, he is a great artist, he can sing anything and will have a huge career.

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Jessica Sanchez — “Steal Away” by Etta James

Judges: Steven loves it and tells Jessica she showed off a new side of herself and nailed it. Jennifer says Jessica is one of the best ones out there and she loves her growl. Randy says he loves seeing a 16-year-old be able to do that song; she could sing the phone book, her vocals are ridiculous.

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Now we have a duet with Phillip and Joshua on “This Love” by Maroon 5. Interesting that they chose to pair the two guys together instead of doing a boy/girl duet. Kind of like a sing-off against each other really! They actually sound quite well together. Steven says it was perfect and he loved it. Jennifer thinks it was a perfect song for the two of them with their very different styles. Randy says it was a great song and they sounded fantastic and made it their own.

Our second duet of the evening is Jessica Sanchez and Hollie Cavanagh on “Eternal Flame” by The Bangles. Steven says they didn’t sing it out the way the guys did but they are now the judges favorite swingers (you kind of have to see the visual). Jennifer says she didn’t think it was that bad (but wasn’t great), both girls have sweetness and power. Randy thinks it was a little strange. They are both powerful singers, but he didn’t like it; it was weird.

While we wait for the next set of performances, we get a tour video of the mansion where the American Idol top 4 are currently residing. I could go for a nice long stay in those digs!

Before the individual performances kick in again, we have a quartet from the top 4 of “I’ve Been Waiting (For A Girl Like You)” by Foreigner. A bit lame.

American Idol 2012 Top 4 Performances — Inspirational Songs They Wish They’d Written

Phillip Phillips — “Volcano” by Damien Rice

Judges:?Steven says he could hear the musician in the song, he’s never heard Phillip sing like that; it was beautiful and he could listen to it over and over again. Jennifer says very few people could pull off that song, it is a real testament to him; it was one of the most poignant moments ever on Idol, lovely. Randy says this is what it is all about, one of his best performances of the whole season, amazing, great.

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Hollie Cavanagh — “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt

Judges: Steven thinks Hollie fell a little short on the song, she just didn’t feel it. Jennifer thinks Hollie is just too young to connect with the song, you have to have?had your heart broken and it didn’t happen for her; her voice was shaky. Randy says the song was great but it was the wrong choice for this moment in the competition.

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Joshua Ledet — “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” by James Brown

Judges: Yet another standing ovation from the judges. Steven says no one has ever sang that good with such compassion ever on Idol before; he has never heard anything like that in his life. Jennifer says she thought they had seen everying Joshua had to give, but they obviously hadn’t. Randy says Joshua delivered them tonight and it was the greatest song ever for him; the best performance ever on any singing competition. If you want to know what singing is all about, listen to Joshua Ledet.

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Jessica Sanchez — “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” Jennifer Holliday

Judges: The judges also give Jessica a standing ovation, although it is a little less swift and enthusiastic. Steven says it was another winning performance and just over the top. Jennifer says it looks like it will be a real race to the finish, it was a real moment and Jessica’s vocal ability is just not something you see every day. Randy says he doesn’t know what is going on tnight, but they are in it to win it. This was one of the hardest songs to sing and it was a great performance; phenomenal.

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