We’ve known for almost a week that the American Idol Top 4 will tackle songs from the Leiber & Stoller Songbook on this week’s performance show (a theme that, incidentally, was covered by the Top 5 contestants back in Season 4). But simple math tells us that with four singers — Haley Reinhart, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, and James Durbin — competing over the course of a 90-minute episode, they’ve got to be tackling a second song, and possibly a second theme, when they hit the stage tonight. Now, a source close to the production confirms exclusively to TVLine that Leiber & Stoller will make up only half of the episode. The evening’s second set of performances will be drawn from the hat labeled “Songs That Inspire.”
And just like that, my dreams of “Hair Metal,” “One Hit Wonders,” “Songs That Make You Cry,” and “No Ballads Allowed” themes slide further down the drain. Share your thoughts and feelings on this development below, and for all my Idol news and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV.