Color me dazed, confused, and still trembling with unmitigated fury. Tonight on the American Idol stage, a Season 10 contestant managed to move to tears not once, but twice , and yet somehow managed to get the evening’s worst critiques for the first of those two performances. Oh, sure, Randy, J.Lo, and Steven came around with a Standing O for the second of Haley Reinhart’s two performances, but as far as I’m concerned, the utterly ridiculous performance of the judges’ panel can be summed up with a pair of Twitter hashtags: #TooLate and #NotEnough. Meanwhile, several performers got free passes for whiffing on pitch, stage presence, and emotional connection to the material. If I knew how to type the emoticon for an exploding head, I’d insert it between the following brackets [ ].
Okay, deep breaths I’m not going to say another word about tonight’s telecast in this post — instead I’ll channel my rage into a full episode recap to post overnight right here at TVLine.com. [UPDATE: Full recap is now liiive! Click here to read it!] And so in the interim, I turn it over to you.
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Tonight’s Set List
James Durbin: 30 Seconds to Mars’ “Closer to the Edge”
Jacob Lusk: Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown’s “No Air”
Lauren Alaina: Carrie Underwood’s “Flat on the Floor”
Scotty McCreery: Montgomery Gentry’s “Gone”
Haley Reinhart: Lady Gaga’s “You and I”
James Durbin: Harry Nilsson’s “Without You”
Jacob Lusk: “Love Hurts” (by the Everly Brothers, and also by Nazareth)
Lauren Alaina: Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody”
Scotty McCreery: Elvis Presley’s “Always on My Mind”
Haley Reinhart: The Animals’ “The House of the Rising Sun”