The "American Idol" finalists had a mostly mediocore night singing Elton John songs -- I thought Paul McDonald and Lauren Alaina really missed opportunities to have a moment, and everyone else who sang well somehow never hit it out of the park.
Here's how I ranked everyone. Put your thoughts in the comments, below:
1) Jacob Lusk brought emotion and a creative twist to "Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word." As always, he moved us like no other.
2) Haley Reinhart closed with a throaty, grinding version of "Benny and the Jets." She's always been a musician's musician. Maybe now she'll start getting the votes.
3) Savee Casey Abrams justified it all with, as Randy said, a version of "Your Song" that was "so nice and so tender." I like him a lot better without the antics.
4) Pia Toscano, of course, did "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" -- as Randy said, "you've sung a ballad every time, and you've slayed it every time."
5) Thia Megia on "American Idol," in Steven Tyler's words "sang a great Elton John song well" with her simple performance of "Daniel."
6) James Durbin gets points for a great performance on "Saturday Night's All Right" -- a piano on fire! -- even if vocally it wasn't as interesting as he's capable of.
7) Stefano Langone was easy-to-listen to on "Tiny Dancer" -- he's not creative at all, but as the judges said, he hit the notes and connected with the audience.
8) Lauren Alaina also missed a moment with "Candle in the Wind." She was good, but nothing memorable.
9) Scotty McCreery went with "Country Couple," of course. Maybe by mistake one week he'll pick a non-country song?!
10) Paul McDonald could've hit it out of the park on Elton John night. Instead, he went conservative with "quiet comfort," in Randy's words, with "Rocket Man."
11) Naima Adedapo went reggae on "I'm Still Standing." Not sure she will be after this week.