By Michael Slezak
May 16, 2006 at 02:00 PM EDT

Way back on April 11 (or more accurately, ”Queen Night” on American Idol) I wondered in my TV Watch column when we were finally going to be treated to one of season 5’s defining moments — you know, like Fantasia’s ”Summertime” (pictured), or Carrie Underwood’s ”Alone” (or even Constantine Maroulis’s ”Bohemian Rhapsody”).

But alas, with the competition down to just three singers, I’m still waiting. Paris Bennett’s ”Take Five” audition came close. So did Chris Daughtry’s semifinal take on ”Hemorrhage (In My Hands).” Elliott Yamin’s flawless, emotional ”A Song for You” qualified at Casa Slezak, but it didn’t quite produce the necessary watercooler buzz.

So could it happen this week? I’m holding out hope for the moment E-Double tackles Paula Abdul’s ingenious choice for him: Bobby Caldwell‘s smooth-jazzy ”What You Won’t Do for Love.” (Yeah, I used the “Vibeology” singer and genius in the same sentence…got a problem?) Or maybe I’m wrong, and it’ll be Taylor Hicks or Katharine McPhee who’ll step it up this week. Nah! What’s your best guess, PopWatchers? Only 14 hours till we find out!

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