'American Idol' now down to the last 3 finalists

'American Idol' now down to the last 3 finalists

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 01: American Idol judges Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and host Ryan Seacrest arrive at Fox's American Idol finalist party at The Grove on March 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 7:03 AM

Updated Friday, May 11 at 4:33 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollie Cavanagh couldn't make "American Idol" voters love her.

The soaring 18-year-old vocalist from McKinney, Texas, was eliminated from the Fox singing competition Thursday after it was revealed she received the fewest viewer votes. Cavanagh was dismissed after crooning Journey's "Faithfully" and Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" for her solo performances Wednesday.

"Idol" host Ryan Seacrest said viewers cast 70 million votes this week.

The three finalists remaining in the competition are booming 20-year-old gospel singer Joshua Ledet of Westlake, La.; bluesy 21-year-old pawn shop worker Phillip Phillips of Leesburg, Ga.; and wannabe 16-year-old pop diva Jessica Sanchez of San Diego.

The three remaining finalists will return to their hometowns before taking the "Idol" stage next week.

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