A “rich vein of inner crazy” ran right through tonight’s wildly uneven episode of American Idol, which was built around the annual “Songs from the Year You Were Born” theme night. Contestants performed everything from musical Lunesta to actual Nirvana. As a mentor, Jimmy Iovine offered a series of blank platitudes and not much in the way of true, constructive critique. And while Jennifer Lopez finally showed a willingness to be an actual judge, not just an incredibly attractive cheerleader, the panel as a whole seemed a little too enthusiastic about a number of performances that were more worthy of raspberries than “you’re in it to win it” cheering.
With that said, I’ve got a full episode recap to write — UPDATE: my full recap is liiiive! — so for the moment, I’ll keep my opinions to myself and simply offer you the facts (in the former of the full set list) and a couple of polls to keep your speed-dialing fingers in nimble condition.
Tonight’s Set List
Naima Adedapo: Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It”
Paul McDonald: Elton John’s “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues”
Thia Megia: Vanessa Williams’ “Colors of the Wind”
James Durbin: Bon Jovi’s “I’ll Be There for You”
Haley Reinhart: Whitney Houston’s “I’m Your Baby Tonight”
Stefano Langone: Simply Red’s “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”
Pia Toscano: Whitney Houston’s “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”
Scotty McCreery: Travis Tritt’s “Can I Trust You With My Heart”
Karen Rodriguez: Taylor Dayne’s “Love Will Lead You Back”
Casey Abrams: Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
Lauren Alaina: Melissa Etheridge’s “I’m the Only One”
Jacob Lusk: Heart’s “Alone”
What did you think of tonight’s Idol? Were there any surprises, positive or negative? Head down to the comments to share your thoughts and explain your poll votes. And for all my Idol ridiculata, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!