Gonna take this bullet points-style:
- This was the first time this season where all the "Best talent ever" hype actually felt justified. Luke Menard is obviously going home, but I have no idea who the other bootee might be, and at least half the performers had a reasonable argument for the pimp spot. When Archuleta -- who's going to win this season in a walk -- is in the middle of the pack at best for the night, you know it was good.
- My guesses for bootee #2: one of Danny Noriega (who gave us the most flamboyant performance in "Idol" history and then was tres bitchy with Simon), David Hernandez (who followed up today's gay stripper scandal with a performance of a song everyone associates with Celine Dion) and Chikezie (good vocals, but bland).
- How does David Hernandez come up with a Most Embarrassing Moment Ever story that involves photos and yet doesn't involve gay stripping?
- Jason Castro is either perpetually stoned or very, very dumb. Or both. But he did a great job with Ryan Atwood's theme song.
- I'm hoping that David Cook's rock version of "Hello" was totally his own composition (ala Blake on "You Give Love a Bad Name") and not a carbon copy of some emo band (ala Chris Daughtry's "Walk the Line"). I enjoy those rare moments of real musicianship on "Idol," as it reminds me of "Rock Star."
- For a guy who's one of the show's most seasoned performers ever, Michael Johns seems to have only that one move on-stage where he bounces back and forth and raises his non-mic hand. That said, his version of the "Breakfast Club" song was a vast improvement over the last two weeks when he was coasting. Again, Archuleta's going to roll through this season like Taylor or Carrie did (I'll be stunned if he ever hits bottom three), but if Johns can ever put it all together, he can at least make things as interesting (if non-competitive) as Bo made season four.