Well, we made it American Idol fans. We’ve officially arrived at the single digits for Season 13! Last week, we watched as the country said goodbye to MK Nobilette after she failed to overcome stage fright and deliver superstar performances. It was a hard hit, that’s for sure — not just because MK was talented, but because she made history as the show’s first openly gay contestant ever.

While it was tough to see her go, the show must go on! Tonight (March 26), the remaining 9 contenders will perform songs to the theme of “I’m With the Band.” They’ve been tasked with taking on tunes by rock royalty, as the live Idol band plays in the background.

Next to take the stage is Dexter Roberts, who continues to pay tribute to his Southern roots with one country song after another. He decides to take on “Boondocks” by Little Big Town, but again the seem judges torn about his originality.

“Every time you pick these giant, anthem-like songs,” says Harry. “But unless you bring your own stamp to them, they’re gonna end up sounding generic. You have to find a way to make these songs your own.”

“I hear what Harry’s saying,” adds Keith. “But I would say that if Little Big Town hadn’t recorded that song and it was given to you, I bet that would have been a hit on country radio.”

Do you think Dexter deserves to make it to the Top 8? Sound off in the comments!