'American Idol': Top 11 Power List (Casey's Still With Us Edition)!
11. Thia Megia (Last week: 10)
I felt uncomfortable watching this exquisite robot try so hard to have fun as she sang Martha and the Vandellas' ''(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave.'' The 16-year-old with perfect pitch landed in the bottom three last week.
10. Stefano Langone (Last week: 4)
Can Stefano bring out the emotion for J. Lo? As long as he sings a song he's actually heard before (what was he thinking with last week's ''Hello''?!), our smiling cookie could be fine.
9. Naima Adedapo (Last week: 11)
A lot of Naima's singing still sounds like yelling to me, but I guess her rendition of Martha and the Vandellas' ''Dancing in the Street'' was a fairly accurate copy of the original song. Can she flail and flop her way into the Top 10?
8. Haley Reinhart (Last week: 8)
After The Little Sexpot That Could(n't Wear Red Lipstick) finished last week's Miracles song, Randy said he detected ''a little Janis [Joplin]'' in there. J. Lo said Haley may have the most soulful voice of anyone in the competition...on the girls' side. No bottom three last week — it's a start.
7. Jacob Lusk (Last week: 9)
Even though I still think he has trouble staying in tune, we can go ahead and count Jacob Lusk's ''You're All I Need to Get By'' as one of the best performances of the season — controlled, but still powerful and soulful. And he's a hugger!
6. Casey Abrams (Last week: 5)
After a growlin' and howlin' rendition of Marvin Gaye's ''I Heard It Through the Grapevine,'' Casey earned the lowest number of votes...and then the judges SAVED him! Momentum should be strong for his fans to push him through this crucial week.
5. Lauren Alaina (Last week: 6)
This competition's D.J. Tanner won't let her naysayers bring her down. Set her free, why don't you, bully? I enjoyed Lauren's Motown performance and somehow didn't even mind that she nearly felt up Randy. I'm always struck by how strong her voice is, even when she's clearly not going full-throttle.
4. Paul McDonald (Last week: 7)
After the boy with the cougar pin took on a folk-rock version of the Miracles' ''Tracks of My Tears,'' even Randy was gushing. ''Dude, when you sing tender at the very end, oh my God, dude. Definitely got the husky thing going on.'' Randy actually says these things. Constantly!
3. James Durbin (Last week: 3)
Some of the high notes James hits are just insane — in a good way. Take it from Steven Tyler: ''Sometimes it takes a little bit of crazy to make a difference in this world.'' The Durbs is one of the most consistently decent singers in the pack.
2. Pia Toscano (Last week: 2)
After Pia sang Stevie Wonder's ''All in Love Is Fair,'' J. Lo said Pia could have a career like Celine Dion and do two-hour concerts one day. Not so fast, said Randy, who ORDERED Pia not to sing yet another ballad this week. Can she handle it?!
1. Scotty McCreery (Last week: 1)
I may not be that into him just yet, but Steven said Scotty ''tweaked'' him, Randy called him a ''young lady-killer,'' and J. Lo swooned too, saying ''Every time you hit that note at the end you get me all over again.'' If he keeps slaying women and Grandma Tyler, he could lose a significant portion of his fan base. He'll take that chance.