"American Idol" had an action-packed night, putting 13 lucky contestants into the finals and sending the other 11 packing.
Long Island's Robbie Rosen wasn't among the 10 voted directly into the finals by the fans, but got a chance to sing for one of the judges' wild card entries.
His throaty, sincere rendition of "Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word" had Randy Jackson exulting that "the Robbie we fell in love with is back," but ultimately, it wasn't enough to get into the finals.
The judges instead put three others from the six wild cards singers -- Ashthon Jones, Stefano Langone and Naima Adedapo -- into the finals.
As for the other finalists, we're gonna see more of our big favorites -- Thia Megia, Jacob Lusk, Pia Toscano, Casey Abrams. But aside from Haley Reinhart and Karen Rodriguez, I think any of the finalists has the talent to win it all.
Here's how I ranked everyone. Put in your own picks in the comments.
1) Thia Megia is my favorite so far -- she has a lot of guts for someone so young, in addition to a pure voice and a cute personality.
2) Jacob Lusk is a man among boys. It's almost like he hasn't had to compete so far. The judges are awed by his talent and we all love his humility.
3) Pia Toscano blew everyone away with "I'll Stand By You." She's the total package. The only question is whether she can continue her great song choices. She can't get by on pure talent.
4) Casey Abrams has the creativity to win it all. The only questions are if he's likable enough and if his voice holds up.
5) Deep-voiced Scotty McCreery has big likability in addition to his distinctive voice. Question: Can he sing something besides country?
6) There's something about Paul McDonald and his quirky tone that make me think he could be there at the end. Reminds me of Kris Allen a bit.
7) Lauren Alaina has kind of gotten lost since the audition round. Steven Tyler thought she was gonna be "the one." She needs to show that.
8) James Durbin is like Lauren; I really liked him early on, but have kind of forgotten about him of late. Can he sing quiet, and do non-rock?
9) Wild card Stefano Langone has mad charisma and will appeal to the teeny-boppers who often decide the winner. But he's got to be careful not to oversing or go too cheesy.
10) Wild card Ashthon Jones has the strut, the cuteness and the sense of humor that does well. She just needs to be consistent.
11) Wild card Naima Adedapo is different from everyone else -- she's jazzy and cool, but not sure there are enough real music fans voting out there to keep her around.
12) Haley Reinhart has, as J.Lo put it, interesting colors to her voice, and some neat hair -- but can she hold her own with the big guns?
13) Karen Rodriguez made it -- really? I thought she was forgettable, but who knows, she may surprise.