What's left to say at this point? It's a fantastic Top 4, I get a kick out of the fact that they all truly seem to get along so well... but I do miss Skylar.
Oh, and two things for Adam Shankman: 1) Yes, I will go see your movie, and 2) I can't wait for So You Think You Can Dance!!! (Do we know if he going to be back on this season? I hope so.)
He seemed like a different guy up there- maybe he finally realized how good of a chance he has at taking home the trophy and decided to take things up another level. "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" was nice, but "Volcano" was really nice.
It was nice that they finally showed what happened to Hollie last year as well as her first audition this season (even if it was only a second, and only of her being welcomed to Hollywood). Personally, I felt that "I Can't Make You Love Me" was a lot better than the judges made it seem, but I wouldn't have minded seeing Hollie back up "Faithfully" with a more uptempo song (like last week's "River Deep Mountain High").
"You Raise Me Up" was only OK, but he more than made up for it with "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" which truly was one of the all-time greatest moments on the Idol stage. We're running out of adjectives to describe how good Joshua is. I also enjoy that smile he gets at the end of his performances, where he knows he just did a really good job and is so happy that everybody else realizes it too.
She growled her way through "Steal Away" like no one's business (but again, where was Jimmy? Wasn't that another song too "old" for the 16-year-old?), but "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" did everything the judges said Hollie didn't do with "I Can't Make You Love Me."
Duet #1: Phillip & Joshua ("This Love")
They both sounded great on this song individually, but I have to agree that it in a bizarre way, against all odds, this duet worked.
Duet #2: Hollie & Jessica ("Eternal Flame")
The swings were weird. But I love this song and I think I would have really enjoyed hearing one of them sing it as their own. As a duet, it didn't really fly, as much as I really wanted to love it.
WHO SHOULD & WILL GO HOME
I'll keep it simple... Hollie, you had a great run, but I think it's over.