American Idol 2012 Live Recap: The Top 3 Performances (VIDEOS)

On American Idol 2012 Wednesday night, the top 3 will have their last chance to convince the voters they deserve the chance to fight it out in the final two for the American Idol 2012 winner prize. Jessica Sanchez, Phillip Phillips and Joshua Ledet are just one step away from fame and fortune as the winner of American Idol 2012. Who will shine like the star they are destined to be? And who will fall short and get voted off American Idol 2012 in the very worst spot of all — third place? Read on in our American Idol 2012 live recap of the top 3 performances and judge for yourself!

The American Idol top 3 will each sing three individual songs on Wednesday night’s performance show and it all comes down to who has made the best choices. The contestants have to deal not only with their own personal song choice for the evening, but they also have to hope the judges and music producer Jimmy Iovine have also chosen well for them. A bad song choice at this point could seriously damage someone’s chances to make the final two. A really great song choice could possibly propel someone in to the American Idol 2012 finals against the odds.

The American Idol top 3 will be giving it everything they have tonight and that is likely to end up with some of the best performances of the season, or the worst. The American Idol finale is always a nail biter because it seems the results are totally crazy sometimes, but the semifinals are always my favorite because the three contestants are going all out, but they don’t have the finale nerves weighing them down.

I’m hoping tonight will give us some absolutely stellar performances, based on the American Idol 2012 spoilers song list for the top 4 we heard about earlier today.

Now let’s get on to our American Idol 2012 top 4 recap and see how the contestants did on Wednesday night’s performance show! Although honestly, I do have to question how we ended up with “Imagine” at this point in the competition when David Archuleta already went there and did that and who wants to be compared to one of the most iconic song of Idol history? Oh well, we can only hope someone actually can prove they can do it better tonight as we start our American Idol 2012 live reap of the top 3 performance show!


The following post contains American Idol 2012 spoilers and videos for the top 4 performance night show on Wednesday. Please stop reading if you do not want to know what happened!


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American Idol 2012 Top 3 Performances — Judges’ Choice

Joshua Ledet — “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James

Judges: Steven Tyler says it is another Joshua moment and it is surreal; he sang like an American Idol winner tonight. Jennifer Lopez says Joshua has brought the house down again. Randy Jackson thinks the song fit him like a glove and it was another amazing performance. He hopes Joshua can bring R&B to modern times.

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Jessica Sanchez — “My All” by Mariah Carey

Judges: Randy says it was beautiful and they tell people all the time not to do Mariah, but that was the best time anyone has done Mariah on TV. Jennifer says she knew this song would be a challenge for Jessica but she totally took it and ran with it; great job. Steven says when Jessica sings it makes people hang on her every note. Even though he basically just said Joshua sang like the American Idol tonight, Steven thinks Jessica will be the last one standing; she should get used to the encores.

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Phillip Phillips — “Beggin'” by Madcon

Judges: Randy says they were just at the Phillip Phillips concert, he was fun, had a good time and in the zone; another great performance, he is who he is and they love it. Jennifer says Phillip catches a groove in a song that brings him all the way home; great. Steven asks can you believe this guy? It was beautiful to watch and he hopes Phillip writes his own songs because he could be the next Springsteen.

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Round one is over and there was no standing ovation for Joshua Ledet or Jessica Sanchez this round. Gasp! Nope, instead it was Phillip Phillips who actually got the judges on their feet. Still, Randy Jackson thinks Joshua Ledet is in the lead, but Jennifer disagrees and says Phillip is. Steven can’t decide.

American Idol 2012 Top 3 Performances — Contestants’ Choice

Joshua Ledet – “Imagine” by John Lennon

Judges: Steven Tyler says it is beautiful and over the top; he is so fine and it was a thank you god moment. Jennifer Lopez says Joshua has and incredible instrument and he is very special; it was a controlled and pulled back performance and had courage nad vulnerability. Randy says Joshua dug deep into the song and the performance; another stellar performance. Brilliant, dude.

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Jessica Sanchez – “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith

Judges: Steven Tyler is thrilled and thinks Jessica took a great song and actually made it greater; beautiful! He gives her a standing ovation. Jennifer says Jessica did a really, really good job. Randy Jackson thinks it started off slow but Jessica delivered a big moment.

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Phillip Phillips – “Disease” by Matchbox 20

Judges: Jennifer says she loves the song but she didn’t think it was a “wow” performance. It was good, but she wants to see what he’ll do next. Steven says he feels the same. Randy didn’t like the performance either, he wanted a moment but it was just okay with him.

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American Idol 2012 Top 3 Performances — Jimmy Iovine’s Choice

Joshua Ledet – “No More Drama” by Mary J. Blige

Judges: Randy says it doesn’t even matter what Joshua does anymore or what he sings, he is amazing and a true star. People should just stand up and vote for him. Jennifer says Joshua is a perfect marriage of knowing what to do and when to do it, everything is so natural and spontaneous. He took them to church with the gospel; out of this world. Steven says it was beautiful and over the top. Steven says EVERYTHING is over the top.

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Jessica Sanchez – “I’ll Be There’ by Jackson 5

Judges: Randy says he liked it okay but he didn’t love it; there was no big moment, it was okay but not oh my god good. Jennifer thinks it was a good song choice and Jessica sounded crazy good and killed it at the end; good job. Steven says it was perfect, she has a perfect voice it was — yes, again — over the top.

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Phillip Phillips – “We’ve Got Tonight” by Bob Segar

Judges: Randy thinks it was the best performance Phillip has had on the show ever, it was a huge moment, you got ‘em dude! Jennifer says there are millions of girls out there wishing he was singing that song for them. Steven says he can’t call it anything else but beautiful (like everything else) and he nailed it and was, OMG, OVER THE TOP! :P

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  1. I didn’t like Adam at all when I first saw him. I preferred Danny. But after a few weeks of pecrafmonres, I love Adam and find Danny boring. Funny how that can change. Oh and Adam’s rendition of Mad World? Better than the original IMHO.

  2. I don’t care if she is Elvis’s daughter—I can’t understand a word she is singing!!!!! I am sick of children of celebrities getting a free pass when there are so many talented folks out there that deserve and would cherish a break….she is awful. and a perfect example of someone that would not make even the first auditions of AMI if she didn’t have a name.

  3. if judges would go back and watch all performances…they are all gonna take those praises for joshua and philip. there’s nothing special with philip’s” we’ve got tonight”‘s’s flat and facial not really feeling what he’s singing…josh is totally over the top!…annoying and irritating..and jlo and jimm killed jessica with their picks for her .tsk..tsk..tsk

  4. i felt scared for Jessica despite her being sick and the judges picking songs for her that doesn’t really have a moment, but guess what despite her vulnerability she still delivered and still sounded amazingly!
    Joshua in the other hand is like a repetition, i know what his gona do and it’s like a church song all the time and the scream and drama that he put into it. But yes, he is a wonderful singer.
    Philips P .. oh he is a sexy man alright and with a voice. He can have the boys and guys and gays(like me) coz of his looks. But his voice is also like a repetition just like Joshua. He can sing the song with groove but hasn’t really shown what he can do with different types of genre.

    by saying this.. it’s not always gona be the Looks and the Screams.. but it’s the talent a meer idol we are all looking for. Don’t want to be bias and all.. but Jessica is in to WIN this season. She has been outstandingly versatile with her songs despite whatever type it is she delivers. Young 16 years old with such talent and control and vulnerability and despite how other people attack her. We all know everyone goes for the looks… and not talent.. it shows.. but Jessica has it all and the best singer they had for this season – no doubt!!! well i think for the entire season of American Idol – she’s the only unique Gem they have ever found.

    First gut has always been Jessica and she will win until these american people see’s what talent is all about!!!

    just like when i first saw leona lewis in x factor.. i know in a instant she will win it and she did.. hmm

    but we all have choices and opinion.. but hopefully.. america will choose wisely! TALENT is what we’re all looking for.. not looks and over dramatising everything.. ^_^

    American idol this year is the best season ever!!!!!!!

  5. Jessica all the way! Goooooooooo Jessica!

  6. Rakenrawl says:

    Ugghhh…No More Drama! No More Screeching! No more Joshua Ledet next week,pleeease…!!!

  7. Jessica all the way!

  8. @iamjery says:

    lets stop complaining. this is not about who sang better or what. this is all about who gets the most # of votes. so VOTE FOR JESSICA now . shes obviously the best there is!

  9. francis says:

    Joshua is not singing..he’s screaming..i don’t understand why all the judges keep on praising him.. he is good but compare to Jessica Sanchez, its flawless. the lyrics is clear and you can actually feel the message of the song..but when Joshua starts to perform all i can hear is his voice keep on shouting..and why would randy tells the viewer to vote for Joshua?duh!pls vote for the best..

  10. redgyne says:

    why is Phillip keeps on rubbing his thighs during his third performance??

  11. Overall, i think the song choices are biased….so I think America should vote for their favorites…

  12. Randy Jackson needs to be voted off. PP sucked all of the energy and emotion out of the Bob Seeger song and he gives him a standing O? Really? Jessica slays the Jackson Five song and he says its just ok? I can’t believe he’s still judging this competition. Jessica for the win!!!

  13. Jessica Sanchez delivered! I hope she makes it to the finale and eventually win AI.

  14. francis says:

    vote for the best!and its Jessica Sanchez..

  15. Josh Rocks, Jessica is simple, Phillip has something different

  16. JM Castro says:

    Josh must be voted off….sorry…..he is soulful but he sounds the same all the time

  17. P2 3rd song is a big challenge from Jimmy to him, and I think he did it…

  18. pinkypro says:

    c’mon that was an okay performance from P2 and doesn’t earn a standing ovation Randy…nothing different..hear the original and you’ll see what I mean (only the girls loved it)

  19. for jessica says:

    jessica sanchez for the win!!! please vote for her

  20. Jess 3rd song introduces 3 or 4 voices, the highest being the voice of Michael Jackson’s voice and that is not easy to sing! Mistakes are inevitable, I can also hear at some point, when there is a low pitch, Jessica is struggling…but overall, she nailed it! Jimmy is praising her from the audience.

  21. jessica dbest….
    support her for she rocks

  22. These shows are all about the ratings !!! they know what they are doing and who will be the top 2, Josh and Jessica.

  23. one reason randy keep praising joshua’s irritating voice..geeez..well, josh will be voted of tom. people are sick and tired of judges praising him..over the top! he doesn’t like jess’s 3rd song..okey then randy, we’ll make jessica number 1 then :-)

  24. JM Castro says:

    randy is so obvious that he really wanted joshua to win from the very start…yes josh is good but he is not natural…sometimes he is too overrated……

  25. pinkypro says:

    josh thinks of what antics he’ll do onstage ahead of time..the taking off the jacket thing is so rehearsed and too much for me and j lo says everything is natural?!

  26. Randy (from Louissiana) is so biased by asking America to vote for Joshua???

  27. Josh is a performer he is consistent I love to watch him, Jessica can sing but she is boring to watch .

  28. obviously judges are so bias. i don’t think people would love to hear josh screamings over the radio or over CDs. what would we expect we steven who also screams, jen is not really a good singer but a good dancer entertainer and randy, he never performed solo vocally :-) but i am sure joshua will never get the title..either way he won’t

  29. pinkypro says:

    josh performance is always the same…it’s ironic the song he chose is no more drama but his performance is full of big time drama and overacting..I’ve had enough of his epileptic moves c’mon

  30. I can’t imagine buying one of Joshua’s CDs. Philip is just OK. I really hope Jessica wins. She is definitely flawless!!! Please do not let the judge’s comments influence you….vote for the best!

  31. I am so sick of the praise to Joshua. I HATED “no more drama”, not just because I don’t like the song–no real melody line- but he manipulated the audience completely and it was obvious. Sick of him and the judges praise.

  32. Something is wrong with Joshua, I think he is feeling the pressure of the contest. Jessica has done a good job on both of the songs. Philip is great on the first song, but on the 2nd song…he went back to the old P2…

  33. Mr. Bill says:

    I think it’s to bad that each week the judges pick one contestant to tear down and the next week that contestant is voted off…… Really…. Come on you think us fans are that stupid to think its not a set up…. Please….

  34. pinkypro says:

    told yah jess is gonna be peakin’..and to think she delivered this song with a sore throat..

  35. JM Castro says:

    I cant wait to see jessica’s 2nd performance…

  36. pinkypro says:

    where is jessica’s 2nd song? hasn’t she performed yet? can’t wait…

  37. pinkypro says:

    I think Jessica did a soulful and beautiful rendition. just taking her time and will be peaking in each song and saving the best for last…

  38. JM Castro says:

    jessica is a silent bomb….yeah….

  39. will do. thanks

  40. unknown says:

    search it on youtube it is posted there!

  41. why’s jessica’s video not available? :-(


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