Haley Reinhart may have shoved her way into the "American Idol" finals tonight, blowing everyone away with a startling performance of "House of the Rising Sun" that got kick-started by Sheryl Crow's suggestion that she start a cappella. And all that after falling a bit flat with a Lady Gaga unreleased number...
Everyone else had good, not great, moments, singing a new and then an old song as we try to figure out which four to keep.
Below is how I ranked everyone's performances. Put in your rankings in the comments.
1) Haley Reinhart showed it all on "House of the Rising Sun" -- "sweet and sour, raspy" as Steven Tyler put it, a magnificent performance that shows how fearless and creative she is. When she picks a good song, she's hard to beat. I'm so glad she's still around.
2) Jacob Lusk's "Love Hurts" had a great, simple start, where he went "Mariah Carey high" with some of his notes, in Randy Jackson's words. The rest of it was a bit overwrought, but totally sticks in your mind.
3) James Durbin's "Without You" was "emotionally perfect" in Randy's view, and prompted him to say the competition is his to lose. Not sure I'd go that far, but it was pretty good.
4) Haley Reinhart took a big risk doing an unreleased Lady Gaga song, "You and I." nfortunately there's a reason it hasn't been released. It's not a great song, but I really liked Haley's crackly voice and different performance. It kept me interested.
5) Lauren Alaina's "Unchained Melody," won't be remember beyond tonight. It was enjoyable to listen to, but I wish she'd get out of her own head and really let loose one night.
6) Scotty McCreery missed a chance with "Always on My Mind," to blow us away. It was good because the song's good and he has a good voice, but didn't rise above that.
7) Scotty McCreery's "Gone" was fun -- but not sure why the mentors thought we'd be moved. It was just enjoyable. Nothing more, nothing less.
8) James Durbin had his usual fun performance with "Closer to the Edge," but it didn't do anything for me. He's no Adam Lambert at this stage.
9) Lauren Alaina's "Flat on the Floor" was just Carrie Underwood Jr., but I guess she's found her niche.
10) Not sure why Jacob Lusk sang Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown's "No Air" duet solo. He should just do what he does best and give us something gospelish.