7. Stefano Langone (Last week: 8)
I’m rooting for this little cookie, but how many more of his emotion-drenched ballads can America handle?
6. Jacob Lusk (Last week: 7)
His trembling vibrato is getting tiresome, but the Lusky Stank avoided the bottom three last week with a powerful finish on ”Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
5. Haley Reinhart (Last week: 4)
”Call Me” didn’t inspire enough voters to follow Haley’s directions, but if she keeps tonight’s performance focused on pure vocals like she did on last Thursday’s ”Moanin”’ duet with Casey, our lil’ growler’s on the right track.
4. Casey Abrams (Last week: 3)
Bassy Casey took a risk with last week’s rendition of Nat King Cole — but can he jazz up a Rihanna or John Mayer ditty without losing his mind? I’d love to see him go out on a limb and try.
3. Lauren Alaina (Last week: 6)
Despite a lack of super-standout performances, little L’Alaina has yet to nestle into one of the stools of doom. Go, D.J. Tanner, go! Votes for women!
2. James Durbin (Last week: 2)
Last week’s Metalmania was all flash, light on the vocals — but at least the Durbs keeps things interesting. Really, tails made out of cloth are fascinating.
1. Scotty McCreery (Last week: 1)
The guy can’t lose! He’ll have no problem ”going country” with this week’s wide-open theme. (The Dixie Chicks’ ”Wide Open Spaces,” anyone?!)