April 10, 2012 6:45 PM EST
American Idol Season 11: Top 7 Contestants Left, 3 Never Been in the Bottom, 3 Most Likely Grand Finals Pairs Show
American Idol will award its new title holder in less than two months. With seven contestants remaining, and only one girl who has not been in the bottom three, now is the time to make forecasts just for fun. Who will America see in Season 11 grand finals?
Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet
Idol judge Jennifer Lopez thought last week it would not be surprising to see them in the finals after their fantastic '80s duet last week.
Both Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet have been almost consistently favored by the judges, and even Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine had noted that Joshua Ledet came out the strongest when Jessica seemed to have let her guard down by choosing a song which did not fully showcase her power vocals.
Both known for reaching crazy high notes while staying faithful to the song's melody, the judges clearly see a bright future for these two in the Idol competition. (Joshua is known to have failed at least once, and this is when he was carried away by mixed emotions while singing Mariah Carey's One Sweet Day two weeks ago.)
Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez
Phillip Phillips are supported by different groups: guys who dig guitars and Dave Matthews band, Heejun Han's former voters, and guys and girls who like rock stars with a tad of rebel flavor. (Phillip has said in many occasions that he is not in the competition to follow what everything says; he is on Idol for his music and his individuality, he says.)
On the other hand, Jessica has a flock of teen girls and Whitney Houston fans behind her.
Just as Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery wound up in the final two last season, Phillip and Jessica could get there, too, as their respective voter demographics -- if there is enough for each indeed -- will inevitably make that happen.
Phillip Phillips and Colton Dixon
If American Idol voters are mostly tween girls, they would be split between these two boys who have not seen the dark gray limbo of the bottom three.
Some like the punk Christian, others are into the laid back rock star with a pseudo-rebel vibe. Phillip has an edge over Colton for being featured in the premiere episode of this season, while Colton is known for being the guy who was eliminated in Las Vegas last year, and getting into the competition this year while skipping the long queues (thanks to his sister who seem to have schemed to get him there). The rest, any way, was up to Colton. And he kept dishing out decent performances week after week, soaring high during the Bill Joel week with Piano Man.