There were six contestants, nine performances, and an immeasurable amount of annoying courtesy of Randy Jackson as American Idol delved into the Carole King songbook this evening. The entire night seemed like something of a “Farewell to Jacob Lusk” concert, but maybe I’m reading too much between the carefully constructed lines of interview packages, Jimmy Iovine clips, and “spontaneous” moments (like a teenage boy interacting with our little teenager who could, Lauren Alaina).
Thankfully, we got a few pretty terrific performances in the mix, but I’m going to keep my opinion to myself for the moment — you’ll have to wait for my full episode recap to post overnight right here at TVLine.com — and so in the interim, I turn it over to you. [UPDATE: Full episode recap is now liiiive! Click here to read.] Sound off in our polls about tonight’s best and worst performances (and duets), head down to the comments to expound on said opinions, then scroll down for the latest four-part episode of the most important series on the Internet right now, Idoloonies. And for all my Idol news and commentary, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!
Tonight’s Set List
Jacob Lusk: “Oh No Not My Baby”
Lauren Alaina: “Where You Lead”
Casey Abrams and Haley Reinhart: “I Feel the Earth Move”
Scotty McCreery: “You’ve Got a Friend”
James Durbin: “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”
Lauren Alaina and Scoty McCreery: “Up on the Roof”
Casey Abrams: “Hi-De-Ho That Old Sweet Roll”
Haley Reinhart: “Beautiful”
Jacob Lusk and James Durbin: “I’m Into Something Good”