It happened at least twice last night. "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest, happily and with a tinge of genuine surprise, said, "We've got ourselves a competition!" But Ryan's exclamation felt timely, because "Top 6: Shania Twain Week" was the first week all season the voters were put in a tough spot. Ellen DeGeneres echoed his sentiment after Aaron Kelly's performance: "Man, this is going to be tough." The producers must have been anxiously waiting this moment all season; where they could finally justify having a Season 9. See what happens when you eliminate Tim Urban?
Casey James, this season's driest contestant, had the strongest outing this week, performing "Don't," a ballad that allowed him to forget the guitar soloing and focus on his emotional range. It reaffirmed that Casey is best on a stool, winning over your girlfriend (remember how good he was doing John Lennon's "Jealous Guy"?) rather than turning up the cheese for a Huey Lewis and the News cover.