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American Idol is just two weeks away from crowning a new winner, but to get to that pivotal final round, the reality show had to eliminate one of the final four potential Idols on Thursday night.
During Wednesday night's show, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips, and Jessica Sanchez all impressed the judges with their pitch-perfect performances, while Hollie Cavanagh struggled with her second song -- a cover of Bonnie Raitt's heart-wrenching ballad "I Can't Make You Love Me."
It was not a surprise, then, when host Ryan Seacrest announced that Joshua and Jessica were safe, while Phillip and Hollie had to await their fate in the bottom two.
"In years past we've had a few surprises at this stage in the game," Seacrest said. "Think [Chris] Daughtry, remember that? Or [James] Durbin."
But this year there would be no huge shock. Hollie, who had repeatedly been in the hot seat, was voted off the competition.
As she reprised her take on Miley Cyrus' "The Climb," her friend Joshua cried on the safe couch.
Next week, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez will compete in the semifinals for the right to claim a spot in the decisive final round.
Watch Hollie's final song!