American Idol: Five Semifinalists Named, Thousands of Tears Shed!

Who are the Beatles? No, ladies and gentlemen of the Idoloonies Nation, that’s not just a correctly worded Jeopardy answer, it was also a question posed by one too many season 10 contestants during tonight’s American Idol telecast. That said, when the top 61 contestants arrived in Las Vegas to perform songs by the Fab Four, the results were generally better than expected. Two under-the-radar singers absolutely soared on “Blackbird,” and another attractive duo brought the heat to “Something.” Plus, a spooky old witch lured Idol innocents Thia Megia and Melinda Ademi to her gingerbread shack and tried to force them into the oven. How terrifying/awesome!

And that was just the first hour! From there, our trusty panel of judges — Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, American movie star Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson — sent five singers into the season 10 semifinals, while crushing the dreams of an additional quintet. Going into tomorrow night’s show, there are 30 vocalists left in a holding room, and space for only 19 of ’em to break on through to the other side.

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I’ll withhold comment on the rest of tonight’s proceedings (except to invite the White House intern to a future episode of Idoloonies). All my hopes and fears, triumphs and tears (and perhaps more!) will be in my full episode recap, which will publish overnight right here at TVLine.com. Until then, feel free to hit the comments and sound off on which contestants impressed you, which left you heartbroken, and whose fate you can’t wait to be revealed tomorrow!

What’s more, if you have some strong thoughts or opinions on anything you saw this week on Idol — pertaining to judges, contestants, trends or conspiracy theories — and you’d like to share them on the next episode of TVLine’s new Idol-related Web series, Idoloonies, email a paragraph or two to idoloonies@tvline.com (and be sure to include a contact phone number). We’ll be selecting a handful of readers each week to join me in cohosting the Webcast via Skype or iChat (to tape on Friday afternoon). We’ll also be choosing a Twitter Question of the Week, so don’t hesitate to fire your best shots to me @MichaelSlezakTV. Be sure to tag it #Idoloonies!

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