It was a case of the good, the sad, and the ugly when the American Idol season 10 finalists took the stage to sing tracks by their personal musical heroes tonight. Those adjectives could also be used to describe the mixed bag of critiques coming from judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler, who managed to finally conjure up unenthusiastic feedback for Thia Megia and Karen Rodriguez, but completely excused Jacob Lusk’s caterwauling evisceration of “I Believe I Can Fly.” Why The Face?
Based on first impressions — as of this moment, I’ve only watched the episode once — I’m going to predict a bottom three of Karen, Jacob, and Ashthon Jones, with Ashthon getting booted. (It’s always more dangerous at this point in the competition to be slightly forgettable than it is to be absolutely horrendous.)
I’ve typed up the full episode set list below, and with that out of the way, I’m gonna get crackin’ on my full episode recap, which will publish overnight right here at TVLine.com. Until then, take our two extremely scientific polls about the night’s best and worst performances, then feel free to hit the comments to explain your picks. And for all my Idol coverage, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV.
Lauren Alaina: Shania Twain’s “Any Man of Mine”
Casey Abrams: Joe Cocker’s “With A Little Help From My Friends” (originally recorded by The Beatles)
Ashthon Jones: Diana Ross’ “When You Tell Me That You Love Me”
Paul McDonald: Ryan Adams’ “Come Pick Me Up”
Pia Toscano: Celine Dion’s “All By Myself” (originally recorded by Eric Carmen)
James Durbin: Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed”
Haley Reinhart: LeAnn Rimes’ “Blue”
Jacob Lusk: R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly”
Thia Megia: Michael Jackson’s “Smile” (originally recorded by Charlie Chaplin)
Stefano Langone: Stevie Wonder’s “Lately”
Karen Rodriguez: Selena’s “I Could Fall In Love”
Scott McCreery: Garth Brooks’ “The River”
Naima Adedapo: Rihanna’s “Umbrella”