American Idol paid tribute to Elton John last night, and may have found a couple new contenders in the process.
First, Haley Reinhart surprised us by closing the show, an honor typically given to a contestant that has generated more buzz than the young woman many believed would be eliminated last week.
But Haley proved worthy of the concluding spot, bringing the sexy with a cover of "Bennie and the Jets" that started with her lounging on a piano. Randy called it the best of the night.
Lauren Alaina, meanwhile, was up to the challenge of John's classic Lady Diana ballad, "Candle in the Wind." She made the single her own by infusing it with some country twang.
Who else stood out? Which two contestants are in danger of elimination tonight?James Durbin brought the heat to his cover of "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting." Literally! He jumped off the piano and rocked out on stage just as the instrument caught fire.
Pia Toscano didn't leave her comfort zone with "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," but would you if you could belt out a ballad in such an impressive manner?
Casey Abrams justified his save last night with a toned down, tender version of "Your Song."
So, who might be on the Idol chopping block? Two finalists will be sent home this evening. It says here that Naima Adedapo's reggae version of "I'm Still Standing" will be her downfall, and Paul McDonald's "Rocket Man" might have been too quiet/nuanced for viewers.