Tonight the boys take center stage as the ladies watch from the luxurious sidelines of Idol's brand new set. In this case, going second might not have been best after the nail-biting agony of the February 18 show. If you missed even a moment of yesterday's episode, don't worry. We recapped the whole entire thing and even have videos of the performances so you can judge for yourself who deserves to make the Top 13.
Look for that same level of in-depth coverage this evening as we face down another two hours of Rush Week. The remaining fellows will weather the critiques of judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban and get a little tough love from Randy Jackson and his Boot Camp counselors, Idol alum Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry.
Check back here once the episode begins for all the latest information. We'll also have the songs and phone numbers for each contestant so you can make sure and vote. Remember, the musical futures of this wide-eyed kids depends on us, America!
Last night was the girls's turn, and tonight, it's the boys's. Which of these guys is going to make next round after their Rush Week experiences? We finally get to find out!
Caleb Johnson: "Stay With Me" — Faces
Caleb Johnson is our first guy up to perform, and we have a feeling he's going to bring the "subtle over-the-topness" he's searching for. Caleb's performing "Stay With Me" by Faces, and once again, he pulls out a voice we'd never guess he had just by looking at him! Caleb ended up getting rave reviews from the judges, especially about how natural is talent is, so we'd say he's starting off the competition right!
C.J. Harris: "Shelter" — Ray LaMontagne
C.J. Harris is up next, and he's planning to stay in his comfort zone of country — as long as fedoras aren't involved. We've gotta agree with him on that one. Fedoras are never a good idea.
Tonight, C.J.'s performing "Shelter" by Ray LaMontagne. His performance does not sound like his first stab at an American Idol live show at all. C.J.'s already a pro.
Emmanuel Zidor: "Best Of My Love" — The Emotions
So happy to see that Emmanuel Zidor is safe. He's so adorable! And how cute is his "I'm about to do something awesome?" shirt? Attitude is 90 percent of the battle, dude! Emmanuel's going with a classic, "Best of My Love," by The Emotions. We're loving his sassy dance moves!
P.S. J.Lo looks amazing.
Sam Woolf: "Babylon" — David Gray
Hey, Sam Woolf! According to dog-father Randy Jackson, what Sam has to work on most is his stage presence, and it looks like he definitely took that advice to heart while he was performing "Babylon" by David Gray tonight. We love that the guys who've already performed were on their feet, dancing along to the music in support of their fellow contestant! As Keith said, the people have spoken, and they like him. We do, too!
George Lovett: "Grenade" — Bruno Mars
Against Randy's advice, George Lovett decided to perform "Grenade" by Bruno Mars after he found out he'd get to sing tonight. His version of the popular song changes up the tempo a little, but what do the judges think? Harry's unimpressed with the way George's voice cracked a couple of times during the song, much to the audience's dismay; his comment was met with a lot of booing from the audience. Keith agreed that it was the wrong song for George to perform, but received no boos... and Harry just wasn't having it.
Dexter Roberts: "This Ole Boy" — Craig Morgan
Congratulations, Dexter Roberts! He's the first of the country singing BFF trio to perform tonight (although we have a feeling he's not the only one). He's performing "This Ole By" by Craig Morgan, a perfect song to show off his country chops. And since Keith says he's the real deal, he totally must be!
Alex Preston: "Volcano" — Damien Rice
Next up: Alex Preston, self-proclaimed band geek who says music has been his passion since he was four years old. We're not sure he could have possibly picked a better song for his voice than "Volcano" by Damien Rice because he sounds amazing. We are kind of tired of seeing so many contestants sway with a guitar in front of the mic tonight, though. No offense, Alex!
Malcolm Allen: "Comin' From Where I'm From" — Anthony Hamilton
Malcolm Allen gave a pretty solid vocal performance when he sang "Comin' From Where I'm From" by Anthony Hamilton, but they all agree they're looking for a little bit more from him in the future. Hopefully he'll be ready to bring it!
Ben Briley: "Soulshine" — The Allman Brothers
No surprise that Ben Briley made it through. He's a natural performer. He rocked "Soulshine" by The Allman Brothers, and got complimented by Harry on having a knot on his tie big enough to house the entire British Royal Family. All in all, not a bad night for him, huh?
Spencer Lloyd: "Love Don't Die" — The Fray
We were really hoping Spencer Lloyd would come out swinging, but unfortunately, that's not exactly how it panned out. His performance of "Love Don't Die" by The Fray was definitely not his strongest, especially compared to his soulful rendition of "Say Something" during Hollywood Week. Though the judges (especially Harry) weren't too keen on the song, there's no denying that Spencer's a crowd favorite.
Tune back in tomorrow at 8 p.m. to see which of the contestants, boys and girls, made it through to next week's show!