The “American Idol” judges are under Joshua Ledet’s spell and aren’t afraid to show it.
For the second week in a row, the panel on Wednesday lavished the 20-year-old from Westlake, La., with praise, especially for his performance of “It’s a Man’s World.” Ledet earned a standing ovation from the judges for the James Brown song, and also won them over with a version of Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up.”
Sixteen-year-old Jessica “Bebe Chez” Sanchez, of San Diego, got her own show of respect for versions of Etta James’ “Steal Away” and Jennifer Holliday’s “And I’m Telling You (I’m Not Going).”
The other two finalists are 21-year-old Phillip Phillips, of Leesburg, Ga., and 18-year-old Hollie Cavanagh, of McKinney. Viewers will decide which of the contestants will fail to advance.