Reality Check (in Two Parts!): Who Can Still Beat La'Porsha on American Idol (and How)! Plus: J.Lo Lies, Kelly Cries!

Some people wait a lifetime — quite literally — for a moment like Kelly Clarkson returning to the American Idol stage last week and giving a jaw-dropping performance of her song “Piece by Piece.”

After all, when you think about it, several of the show’s Season 15 finalists — Tristan, Lee and Gianna in particular — were still in diapers when the original Idol took home the Season 1 crown and turned Fox’s fledgling reality competition into a ratings juggernaut.

But while Queen Kelly used her astute, hilarious time on the judges’ panel to declare La’Porsha Renae the obvious candidate to get the Farewell Season confetti shower, my Reality Check co-host Melinda Doolittle and I still view the competition as a seven-horse race.

On this week’s two-part episode, we take a long look at the 10 remaining singers and offer strategies for how they can narrow the gap on the front-runner (or whether some of ’em might just want to wave their white flags). All that plus references to Pocahontas, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the lying lies of Jennifer Lopez, the incomparable Haley Reinhart, ‘Yoncé lingo and the overuse of Ed Sheeran songs.

Press PLAY above for Part 1 of this week’s show — and below for Part 2 — then hit the comments with your own thoughts on the week in Idol!