"American Idol" did rock and roll tonight, but most of the finalists hit some bumps in the road. There was no magic, no crazy energy, nothing that you'd get at a real rock concert.
Stalwarts Jacob Lusk and Pia Toscano were as great as always, but Haley Reinhart snuck up there for the first time, channeling Janis.
And you gotta admire James Durbin for sticking his neck out and going slow and emotional on rock night.
Below is how I rated everyone. Put in your thoughts in the comments, below.
1) Jacob Lusk was strong and sure on "Man in the Mirror" -- "perfect in every way" as Jennifer Lopez said.
2) Haley Reinhart bared her soul with "Piece of My Heart", growling out the song and, in J.Lo's words, "showing everyone that you're a contender."
3) Pia Toscano's powerful vocals on "River Deep, Mountain High" had Steven Tyler yelling, "Murderer! Murderer -- you killed it!"
4) James Durbin did an unexpectedly restrained "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" that was notable for the emotion he showed more so than the pure performance.
5) Lauren Alaina wasn't great on "Natural Woman" but was powerful enough to remind us why we loved her in the audition round.
6) Stefano Langone picked a great song in "When a Man Loves a Woman," but, despite strong vocals, was a bit too formulaic and herky jerky. Not to mention totally uncreative.
7) Paul McDonald's "Folsom Prison Blues" was all over the place, and felt more random and desperate than anything else, despite the judges blatantly cheering for him.
8) Scotty McCreery was like a bad Elvis on "That's All Right, Mama" -- crazily, the judges claimed this shows he's not just country. Did they not listen?!
9) Super-cheesy Casey Abrams sang "Have You Ever Seen the Rain," with his bass. The judges are in the tank for him. I found it self-indulgent and nothing special