With apologies to Elton John, American Idol‘s Top 11 are still standin’, and the Idoloonie Nation has good reason to shout “yeah, yeah, yeah.” Indeed, after last week’s Judges’ Save spared Casey Abrams and gave us a Top 11 redux, a “sing for your life” spirit seemed to infect the bulk of the season 10 finalists tonight. For the second straight week, we didn’t witness a single catastrophic performance — pause here to fondly remember Camile Velasco violently assaulting Elton’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” back in season 3 — and better still, several singers delivered legitimate Idol Moments.
I’ll say no more about the proceedings — I’ve got a full episode recap to write; [UPDATE: Full recap is liive! — and instead, will turn things over to you. Check out tonight’s set list below, vote for your favorite and least favorite performances in our highly scientific polls, then head down to the comments to share your thoughts on who’ll be in the bottom three and which two singers will get the boot on Thursday’s results-show telecast.
Tonight’s Set List
Scotty McCreery: “Country Comfort”
Naima Adedapo: “I’m Still Standing”
Paul McDonald: “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)”
Pia Toscano: “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”
Stefano Langone: “Tiny Dancer”
Lauren Alaina: “Candle in the Wind”
James Durbin: “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”
Thia Megia: “Daniel”
Casey Abrams: “Your Song”
Jacob Lusk: “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word”
HALEY REINHART: “BENNY AND THE JETS” (Intentional ALL CAPS, thank you very much)
Slezak on Twitter: @MichaelSlezakTV