Joshua Ledet and Phillip Phillips, the two remaining male contestants out of the remaining four hopefuls left on the current 11th season of "American Idol," recently brought the "bromance" and delighted the judges with their duet of the Maroon 5 song "This Love."
The two face elimination on Thursday, May 10, along with hopefuls Jessica Sanchez, who was saved by the judges in a rare move after being voted off last month, and Hollie Cavanagh, who has been criticized the most all season.
"Best song, best vocal, best duet, perfect," judge Steven Tyler said about the men's duet performance, which saw them singing alongside two men playing black and white pianos. "Everything about that was perfect. Whoever picked that song was brilliant. The marriage of both voices - perfect. Nice going, Nigel!"
Nigel Lythgoe, the FOX singing contest show's executive producer, was seen cheering in the audience. The episode aired hours after the ABC network teased an interview with President Barack Obama, who told "Good Morning America" that he supports same-sex marriage, which marks a change in his stance ahead of the November election.
"You're Usher, he's Adam Levine," judge Jennifer Lopez said about the men's performance, referring to the R&B star and Maroon 5 singer. "It's just an unexpected treat."
Ledet and Phillips also sang a duet last week - "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by The Righteous Brothers.
Male contestants have won "American Idol" for the past four seasons. The last female winner was Jordin Sparks, who was voted the champion of season 6 in 2007. Judge Randy Jackson told the website TooFab at a recent launch party for his Timepieces watch collection that he thinks "the odds are probably on a boy winning again."
Sanchez and Cavanagh also sang a duet. They covered the Bangles' ballad "Eternal Flame" but their performance, which saw them moving back and forth on makeshift swings, was criticized by the judges. Jackson called it "strange" and as he was critiquing their vocals, Ledet and Phillips moved onstage and climbed on the swings.
"This is apparently a 'bromance' here," host Ryan Seacrest said. "The two of them ... known in Hollywood as 'Jillip' now."
All the contestants also performed two solo songs. Cavanagh impressed the judges with her cover of Journey's "Faithfully" but they criticized her choice of song after she performed the highly-emotional "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt. The judges praised Sanchez for her cover of "Steal Away" by Etta James and gave her a standing ovation for her performance of Jennifer Holiday's "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going."
Phillips' cover of "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" by Creedence Clearwater Revival" earned him a comparison to Joe Cocker by Lopez. Jackson said Phillips' rendition of Damien Rice's "Volcano" marked one of his best performances.
Ledet sang "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban and "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" by James Brown. Jackson called the latter "one of the best performances in the history of any singing show."
Lopez praised Ledet in Spanish and joked that she found religion.
"I saw the Lord!" she said.
On Thursday's results show, the top three finalists will be announced and footage of themselves visiting their hometowns will be shown, following "American Idol" tradition. Also, season 7 winner David Cook is set to perform his new track "The Last Song I'll Write For you," while Lopez will sing her new song "Dance Again."
Last week, she announced that she plans to tour this summer with Enrique Iglesias and will bring along her boyfriend, choreographer and dancer Casper Smart, as well as her 4-year-old twins, Max and Emme.