Good news, Idol fans! Apparently, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson sat in on Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina’s high school English classes in the runup to “Songs From the 21st Century” Night on American Idol, and at least managed a C/C+ comprehension of what the word “judging” means. Nope, they weren’t beautifully astute with their critiques — oh how J.Lo’s Motown Night eloquence seems like a distant memory! — but at least the feedback tonight was more than relentless variations on the “great! great! in it to win it!” nonsense of the past two weeks.
I’m not going to weigh in on the evening’s mixed bag of performances — you’ll have to wait for my full episode recap to post overnight right here at TVLine.com — so in the interim, I turn it over to you. [UPDATE: Full recap is now liiive!] Sound off in our polls about tonight’s best and worst performances, head down to the comments to expound on said opinions, then scroll down for the latest three-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
Scotty McCreery: LeAnn Rimes’ “Swingin'”
James Durbin: Muse’s “Uprising”
Haley Reinhart: Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”
Jacob Lusk: Luther Vandross’ “Dance With My Father”
Casey Abrams: Maroon 5’s “Harder to Breathe”
Stefano Langone: Ne-Yo’s “Closer”
Lauren Alaina: Sara Evans’ “Born to Fly”