After the ads, we're dropped directly into a group sing of "Got To Get You Into My Life." Except it's only the four remaining guys, I assume because they're all going to be gone in three weeks and forty-two minutes anyway. Afterwards, Ryan sends them back to the bleacher-couches except for Paul, whom he presents with a large framed proclamation of Paul Jolley Day in Dresden, Tennessee. The bad news is it was last Saturday, so he missed it, and the worse news is that Paul's in the bottom three. Always lead with the bad news, Ryan.
We return from the break with Ryan behind the judges' table to introduce Casey Abrams. Apparently he's released an album since being on a season of the show I didn't watch. Tonight he's rocking a high ponytail and some hipster-slash-19th-century-president facial hair, but he's sticking with the Beatles theme, playing his standup bass with a jazz combo to perform a version of "I Saw Her Standing There," with a lot more scatting than this song normally calls for and then winding up with some James Brown-type vocal gymnastics. Keith and Randy give him a standing ovation for some reason. Also, I think he's really high.
Now the girls get to do a group sing, what will probably be the first of many whether anyone likes or not, because they'll be the only ones left by this time next month. They're doing "Here, There, and Everywhere." And can I just say how nice it is not to have to be Googling lyrics all the time this week? Ryan invites them all to sit back down and dims the lights, then has Devin stand up. Ryan asks Devin what he needs to do to connect like Keith wants him to, and Devin gives a totally circular non-answer, which is fine because it's not like anyone even knows what that means, including Keith. Ryan tells him that after the vote, he is...in the bottom three. Devin crosses the stage to join Paul, and Ryan moves on to Lazaro. He asks him if the judges were too hard on him last night, and Lazaro says he agrees with what they said, and he needs to stick to singing songs that he loves. But he's safe either way, so there you go. Not looking good for Burnell right now.
Ryan introduces some October 2011footage of a San Diego audition by one Jessica Sanchez. She's living the dream now, modeling and singing and more modeling and getting a gig on Glee and giving a concert in Manila and recording an album, which includes "Tonight," featuring Ne-Yo, and getting a freaking twenty-minute intro reel on American Idol. She and Ne-Yo are performing their song for us tonight on the stage. It's a poppy dance-club song, not bad for what it is, but there's no way in hell she ever would have done a song like this during the competition last year. And I just have to say it: It's not as good as "Home." Suddenly I'm a little worried about what Joshua Ledet is going to sing next week.