It's the week before the finale, everyone. We lost a scarf tail, and didn't even get our lives back. It's triumphant home visit night, and James Durbin got a conciliatory visit home, too, just so he could show off his giant wrestling belt. Don't cry for Durbin, people, (even though I might have, a little).
Please welcome your judges. Randy Jackson has returned to wearing a cardigan, a nice blue one over a white shirt and technicolor tie. Jennifer Lopez is wearing a curve-hugging dress (as if she ever wears any other kind) made of silver flames. Steven Tyler is wearing a dark blazer over a shirt that might be leopard-printed, plus leather pants. He looks chic and rock star-ish. I haven't gone out of my way to appreciate him in a while because he doesn't say exciting things, but he still looks nice. Some guy in the audience is wearing a dog costume, and I hope they don't explain why.
Tonight's show will be an epic 2 hours, and each contestant will sing 3 songs. The first song will be their choice, and they'll be mentored by Beyonce. The second song will be Jimmy Iovine's choice, and the third song will be chosen by the judges. Let's kick this thing down the hill, shall we?
Scotty McCreery starts off singing "Amazed" by Lone Star. Beyonce thinks he's a cutie pie. Scotty leans on a piano wearing a checked shirt and a denim jacket. It screams, "I'm just a country boy!" I think Scotty's really been working on his microphone grip, trying to keep it more vertical and using only one hand so the other hand is free to wave about and make dramatic gestures. He hits a high note (for him) and holds the ending just right. Out in the audience, 6 people hold up letters to spell out SCOTYT. Steven: "Did I hear you get angry during that modulation when you went upstairs and kicked that song into the middle of next week?" Raise your hand if you were thinking that exact same thing. Jennifer likes that he's using his vibrato now. Randy informs us that he produced the Boyz II Men version of that song. He loved how Scotty ended the song, and he exclaims, "That's money! Scotty's got money!" Hey Randy, it's a little late in the game to be pushing a new catchphrase on us. Maybe you should save that for next year.