By Michael Slezak
March 31, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Wait! What’s this? Music written within the last 20 years being performed on American Idol tonight? (¡!) Well, we’ll know for certain in a matter of minutes, after Ryan gives an appropriately cheesy intro and the top 9 contestants of season 8 start singing. But the cryptically named (and to this point, unexplained-by-Fox) theme certainly leads me to believe we’ll be hearing  Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta, Anoop Desai, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Lil Rounds, Matt Giraud, Megan Joy, and Scott MacIntyre tackle some thoroughly modern ditties. Anyhow, I’ve got to take tons of notes so I can get my TV Watch done in a timely fashion, but by all means, use this PopWatch post to share your thoughts (liiiive!) about what’s happening on the Idol stage.I’ll be back at 9:30 p.m. EDT to escape that Osbournes Reloaded crap and post my initial reaction to the show, and then again in the early morning with my full TV Watch recap.

Until that time, however, be sure to head to the Idol Prediction Challenge, where you can compete against yours truly as well as VIP players including The Insider‘s Ross Mathews, season 6 supah-star Melinda Doolittle, and my Idolatry cohosts Jessica Shaw, Missy Schwartz, Annie “DWTS” Barrett, and Kristen Baldwin. (Our prediction challenge widget is embedded below, but you’ve got to register to score points and participate in our superfun bonus questions.) We have leaderboards highlighting the top-scoring players every week of the competition, as well as overall standings (where we currently have a six-way tie for the top spot), so even if you haven’t played the first three weeks of our challenge, that shouldn’t stop you from signing up now. And check out our “Map View” feature, too: There are only four states that aren’t currently predicting Scott’s ouster; Alaska, North Dakota, and Montana are betting on Megan, while Vermont is picking Lil. Controversial stuff, fellow Idoloonies!