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'American Idol' on Lennon-McCartney Night: How did the Top 9 fare?

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Imagine no “Imagine.” On Lennon-McCartney night. Well, believe it or not, American Idol‘s Top 9 went all Beatles and nobody picked the song previously covered by Jennifer Hudson, Blake Lewis, and David Archuleta, and which made my list of 20 Songs That Should Be Banned From the Idol Stage Forever.

And that wasn’t the only good news from Idolville. (SPOILERS AHEAD, people of the western lands!) Katie Stevens stayed in tune. Siobhan Magnus took some big steps toward getting her groove (if not her fashion sense) back. Casey James took a risk with his song arrangement. And despite Simon’s protests to the contrary, I thought Michael Lynche sounded (for perhaps the first time in the competition) like a guy who’s almost within belting distance of the Nokia in late May. Meanwhile, Crystal Bowersox called in a didgeridoo (to groovy effect) and Lee Dewyze brought out a bagpipe (the better to drown out his intermittent pitch problems?). And if I had to predict tomorrow’s bottom three, I’d say Aaron Kelly and Andrew Garcia, plus one of the three remaining ladies.

Now let’s just hope Idol’s producers don’t extend the Lennon-McCartney theme a second week, as they did to not-as-exciting effect back on season 7. When you’ve cleared a hurdle and cleared it well, sometimes it’s better to not turn around and try it again. Plus, it’d be kind of weird to have Adam Lambert as guest host on another round of Beatles tunes, no?

On that note, I’m off to work on my full-length TV Watch recap (it’s now liiiive! so check it out here) In the meantime, check out my Idolatry interview with Didi Benami, and follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak, where you can get all my Idol-related commentary and exclusive news. (Related: Adam Lambert exclusive: Confirmed as ‘American Idol’ mentor next week! What do you think?)

Tonight’s Set List

Aaron Kelly, “The Long and Winding Road”

Katie Stevens, “Let It Be”

Andrew Garcia, “Can’t Buy Me Love”

Michael Lynche, “Eleanor Rigby”

Crystal Bowesox, “Come Together”

Tim Urban, “All My Loving”

Casey James, “Jealous Guy”

Siobhan Magnus, “Across the Universe”

Lee Dewyze, “Hey Jude”