Welcome back to the Top 11 American Idol Remix Redo! Remember last week, when Casey Abrams was saved by the judges? Let's see it again in dramatic flashback. Mmm hmm, yep, the pale skin, the part where I thought he was going to fall over and die, all the weeping, okey dokey. Dramatic screen captions would like you to know that "Hope has been renewed." Much like in Episode IV of Star Wars, then. But don't renew all of your hope, because there are "no more second chances." You know, like there's only one chance to destroy a Death Star. Are you sufficiently worried? Then let's meet the judges.
Randy Jackson is wearing a plain black t-shirt, although in some close-ups it sparkles, and I don't know if that's because he sits so close to Jennifer that her sparkle cloud migrates over to him, or if his shirt has an extra layer of dazzle. Jennifer Lopez is wearing a cool one-sleeved purple-sequined minidress. Steven Tyler has a dapper jacket over a lowcut swirly shirt, and his tight pants of the week are white. Hold up, everyone, it looks like Ryan Seacrest got a haircut. Or he simply brushed it to the side differently, but just enough to tilt my axis of reality a few degrees starboard. Ryan's hair informs us that no one is safe.
Tonight's theme is the songs of Elton John. It seems this Mr. John has been known for eccentric fashion, so the Top 11 had a "fashion photo shoot." There is talk of makeovers, but I don't see any makeovers other than a change of clothes. Oh well, clothes make the [wo]man, right?
Scotty McCreery begins the night with a song called "Country Comfort," the only Elton John song with the word "country" in the title. The song also has the word "grandma," and his grandma is in the audience, so he gives her a shout out. Scotty is playing guitar, so we're spared his oddly delicate grip on the microphone. I've never heard this song, so I can say that it sounds like a country song. It includes the line, "Country comfort's in a truck that's going home." Now please compare and contrast with Gwyneth Paltrow's recent song from her movie "Country Strong." Do you prefer your country comfortable or strong? I can't judge because I don't prefer country in either flavor, but, good job Scotty. Steven Tyler: "Nothing I can say to you that an old-fashioned high-heeled pair of cowboy boots wouldn't fix." Yessir. Jennifer Lopez says he's got amazing instincts about what's right for him. Randy Jackson feels like we were at Scotty's Place Bar and Restaurant, because he was so seasoned and in the zone. For the record, Scotty's guitar's name is Scarlett.