On Wednesday night, the top eight men took the American Idol stage and RadarOnline.com has the scoop. By the end of the show, it became obvious that Michael Lynche is the man to beat. His performance even made judge Kara DioGuardi tear up.
First up was Lee Dewyze, who set the tone for the night by being confident and taking chances. He did a version of Owl City's Fireflies. Randy Jackson liked how he made it his own. Kara liked his confidence, and said "there is a star bubbling there." However, Simon Cowell said the performance was missing "a moment."
Alex Lambert hit a high note by singing Ray LaMontagne's Trouble. "The only thing standing in the way of you winning is you right now," Kara said giving him the highest praise you can get. Simon told Lambert he needs to loosen up and he jokingly suggested imagining Randy in a bikini.
Tim Urban did an acoustic version of Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah. Tim got praise first from Randy, then Ellen, then Kara and even Simon. Randy said "You walked in some pretty big shoes and I think you did a pretty good job, Tim." Simon said it was his strongest performance to date. Ellen, who has been tough on Tim, made up for it all by stunning the singer and getting up on stage and hugging the 20-year-old. "That was fantastic," she said.
Andrew Garcia picked Christina Aguilera's hit Genie In A Bottle to sing. Kara said "it just wasn't great." Ellen joked that she wished the genie had come out of the bottle earlier. Simon didn't like it saying "it was a little bit desperate."
Hunky Texan Casey James went unplugged with a Keith Urban hit. You'll Think of Me got a positive review from Simon. Randy thought it was too safe of a choice. Kara, who has been his biggest fan since day one, said she was missing that spark.
16-year-old Aaron Kelly also chose a country tune, Lonestar's I'm Already There. Ellen didn't love it but thought that Aaron has the confidence of someone older. "I love you, you come out on stage every week and you give it your all," said Kara. Simon said Aaron doesn't have a great voice, but he did bring emotion to the song.
"Todrick is back!" is what Randy said after Todrick Hall's take on Queen's Somebody to Love. Randy said it was one of the best male performances that he's heard in weeks. Simon said Todrick might be better suited for Broadway.
The night ended on a high note. Mike Lynche stole the show.. He made Kate Bush's This Woman's Work, his own. All four judges were blown away. Randy said "this is crazy", while Kara was brought to tears. Ellen said Mike's now the one to beat, and Simon said it was the best performance of all the live shows so far.
Tomorrow night, the top 12 are revealed!