Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

American Idol: Joshua Ledet Learns That Three's a Crowd (+Video)

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

American Idol: Joshua Ledet Learns That Three's a Crowd (+Video)

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American Idol: Though not a shocking elimination, the loss of Joshua Ledet was an unfortunate choice by voters. That leaves Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips in next week's American Idol finale.

There has always been a negative correlation between the number of contestants and the number of viewers on American Idol; as the contestants dwindle the viewers and the voting increases. Ryan Seacrest announced that 90 million votes were cast by Americans in an effort to ensure their favorite two would head safely into next week's finale.

Despite the increased exposure, being a guest performer on the American Idol final two results show can't be the easiest thing for an artist to do. Lisa Marie Presley and Adam Lambert had to be cognizant of the fact that they were fillers, used by Idol under the premise of entertaining the audience when in fact, they were mere delaying tactics; opening not for huge stars but for novice hopefuls.

For Adam Lambert, this truth may be easier to bear since he is a product of the machine and American Idol producers have been working hard to perfect the efficacy of the chip they implant in each contestant, designed to imbue them with eternal gratitude toward the show. That chip had a few short-wires over the last 11 seasons, but they've come a long way since Kelly Clarkson's revolution. Thursday night, Adam performed his new song, "Never Close our Eyes," from his second album since finishing second to Kris Allen in Season 8.

But with Lisa Marie Presely, whom Ryan dubbed as "Rock and Roll Royalty," it is harder to imagine how she may have felt about her appearance on the show. While the super-stardom of her father might have opened some doors for her, the door to commercial success as an artist has remained tightly sealed. Was she grateful for the opportunity to perform on such a big stage or did she resent the fact that the only daughter of "The King" was being used as filler while the audience waited impatiently for their results? …

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