Speed-dialers, start your engines! The voting portion of American Idol‘s tenth season is officially underway, and by Thursday night, brutal cuts will be hitting us in the face like dodgeballs in a middle-school gym. But let’s start with the good news: At least eight or nine of the singers we saw tonight from the top 12 male contestants would’ve easily been in contention for a spot on the Idol summer tour had they appeared in season 9. In fact, I’d only call one performance (Jordan Dorsey’s truly unfortunate “OMG”) a complete catastrophe. The bad news? Only the top five vote-getters will get an automatic slot in the season 10 finals; the seven remaining hopefuls will be at the mercy of the judges’ wild cards in order to get a second chance to perform for the Idoloonie Nation. Like I said, break out the protective headgear, ’cause the dodgeballs are comin’!
Check out the full setlist for tonight’s show below, then vote in our polls for your favorite (mine sang something that rhymes with “Saggy Neigh”) and least favorite performances. I’m going to save the rest of my opinions for my full episode recap, which will publish overnight right here at TVLine.com. Until then, feel free to hit the comments and sound off on which contestants impressed you, which fell flat, and which ones you feel didn’t get a chance to show their true potential. And for all my Idol coverage, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV.
Clint Jun Gamboa: Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”
Jovany Barreto: Edwin McCain’s “I’ll Be”
Jordan Dorsey: Usher’s “OMG”
Tim Halperin: Rob Thomas’ “Streetcorner Symphony”
Brett Loewenstern: The Doors’ “Light My Fire”
James Durbin: Judas Priest’s “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin”
Robbie Rosen: Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel”
Scott McCreery: John Michael Montgomery’s “Letters From Home”
Stefano Langone: Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are”
Paul McDonald: Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May”
Jacob Lusk: Luther Vandross’ “A House Is Not a Home”
Casey Abrams: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell On You”