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Joshua Ledet’s ‘American Idol’ Timeline

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May 23Phillip Phillips wins Season 11 of American Idol, eliminating runner-up Jessica Sanchez.

May 17 — Josh is eliminated.  Community continues outpouring of support.

May 16 –TOP 3 Theme:  “Judge’s Choice / Contestant’s Choice / Jimmy Iovine’s Choice.”  Josh sings “I’d Rather Go Blind,” “Imagine,” and “No More Drama”Joshua Mania reaches fever pitch as people prepare for Top 3 performance.

May 12 — HOMECOMING DAY:  107 JAMZ becomes 107 JOSHUA for one day.  We interview Josh that morning.  Josh fills the Burton Coliseum to capacity, entering on a parade float.  The concert is simulcast at the Lake Charles Civic Center.  Afterward, Josh performs a short set at Contraband Days.

May 11Parade route released. Joshua lands in Lake Charles for homecoming concert and holds a press conference.

May 10 –  Josh is safe, Hollie Cavanagh ejected, ensuring Josh’s spot in the Top 3..
Ticket giveaway for Josh’s homecoming concert at Burton Coliseum starts, and only 7,900 are availalble.  They sell out in two hours. 107 JAMZ tells you everything you need to know about the concert..

May 9 — TOP 4 Theme:  “California Songs / Music They Wish They’d Written.”  Josh sings “You Raise Me Up” and “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.”
More new of Josh’s homecoming released.  Parade announced.

May 8First news of Joshua’s homecoming starts to leak

May 4 — 107 JAMZ compiles a second video of local fans sending their well-wishes to Josh.

May 3 — Josh is safe, Skylar Laine goes home.
107 JAMZ complies its first video of local fans sending their well-wishes to Josh.

May 2 — TOP 5 Theme:  “Songs from 1960s/British Pop,” with guest mentor Little Steven.  Josh sings “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” and “To Love Somebody.”


April 26 – Josh is safe, Elise Testone is eliminated.

April 25 — TOP 6 Theme:  Queen.  Josh sings “Crazy Little Thing Called Love and “Ready for Love.”

April 19 — Josh is safe, Colton Dixon is eliminated.

April 18 –TOP 7 (Week 2) Theme:  “Songs from Now and Then.”  Josh sings “I Believe” and “A Change is Gonna Come.”107 JAMZ outlines the voting process for ‘Idol’ to make sure everyone’s on the same page.

April 12 — Josh lands in the bottom three, and Jessica Sanchez is eliminated — BUT the judges use their ‘save’ to keep her on the show.  That means another week of Top 7.

April 11 – TOP 7 (Week 1) Theme:  “Songs from the 2010s,” with guest mentor Akon.  Josh sings “Runaway Baby.”

April 5 — Josh is safe, Deandre Brackensick gets the boot.

April 4 — TOP 8 Theme:  “Songs from the ’80s,” with guest mentors Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal.  Josh sings “If You Don’t Know Me By Now.”


March 29 — Josh is safe, Heejun Han goes home.
Car flags become available.

March 28 –  TOP 9 Theme: “Their Personal Items,” with guest mentor Stevie Nicks.  Josh sings “Without You.”
Gina Cook interviews Josh’s cousin Sharmita Rideau.

March 22 — Josh is safe, Erika Van Pelt eliminated.

March 21 –TOP 10 Theme:  Billy Joel, with guest mentor Diddy.  Josh sings “She’s Got a Way.”

March 15 — Josh is safe, cracking the Top 10.  Shannon Magrane eliminated.

March 14 — TOP 11 Theme: “Year They Were Born,” with guest mentor Will.I.Am.  Josh sings “When a Man Loves a Woman.”
Joshua Ledet T-Shirts surface.

March 13 — Fellow contestant Jermaine Jones disqualified for failing to disclose criminal record, everyone moves into Top 11 automatically.

March 8 — Josh lands in the bottom three, but survives.  Jeremy Rosado is eliminated.

March 7 — TOP 13 Theme:  Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder, with guest mentor Mary J. Blige.  Josh sings “I Wish.”

March 6Top 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Josh


Feb. 28 — TOP 25, Josh Sings “You Pulled Me Through.” American Idol’s Meet the Semi-Finalists video.

Feb. 23Twitter starts picking up on Joshua.

Feb. 16 — Joshua performs as part of Group 679.


Jan. 27Joshua makes it to Hollywood.

Jan. 26 — News breaks that a Westlake man passes the ‘Idol’ auditions.


Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images

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