The Top 8 boys night on "American Idol" was kicked off by Lee Dewyze who sang "Fireflies" by Owl City. Randy Jackson said Lee made it work while Ellen DeGeneres pointed out that there was a couple of pitch problems. Kara Dioguardi said, "I think you made this a better song with your rendition." Simon Cowell said there was nothing to rave about but Lee deserves a spot on the Top 12.
Alex Lambert picked "Trouble" by Ray LaMontagne. Randy gave a nod to the song choice but was not wowed. Ellen continued with the banana comparison saying Alex was "a mushy banana that's ripening so fast." Kara said he has potential but he had to do something with the stiffness. Simon said Alex should let it go, relax and have a good time.
Tim Urban was next, singing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". Butchered by the judges in the last two weeks, Tim actually received praises this time. Randy said he did a pretty good job while Ellen got up from her seat and hugged him. Kara said, "Now I think you're kind of in it." Simon said, , "It wasn't the best version I've ever heard, but for you it was terrific."
Andrew Garcia surprisingly chose Christina Aguilera's "Genie in a Bottle". Randy said it was a good idea but simply did not work. Ellen said, "I thought it was a great song choice," and added "[But] the genie came out of the bottle too late." Kara reminded him how he did so well in the beginning of the show but could not revive it since. Simon said, "For me, it was a little bit desperate. You over-thought it. You are kind of still going backwards at the moment."
Back to acoustic guitar, Casey James sang "You'll Think of Me" by Keith Urban. Randy called it a safe choice but Ellen thought it was great. Kara liked it better than last week's but she wants to see more from him. Simon said, "It was your second best. I think it made you sincere. I don't think it's something we're going to be raving about in 24 hours - but you sounded great."
Aaron Kelly sang Lonestar's "I'm Already There". Randy said he has a lot of work to do despite the potential to be a good singer. Ellen was not a fan, saying "You have the confidence of someone so much older. I just didn't think that was terrific." Kara made it more specific, saying it was the wrong song for him. On the other hand, Simon snapped, "What Kara said is rubbish. It wasn't a great vocal, but what it did have was emotion. It's just a nice song."
Todrick Hall sang Queen's "Somebody to Love" and made it theatrical. "Todrick is back! You proved that you could really sing. That was one of the best vocals I'm heard in the last couple of weeks," Randy gushed. Ellen said it was a brave song choice and he did a good job. Kara said she was between loving it and laughing at it. Disliking the version, Simon said, "At least you made an attempt to perform, rather than just sitting on a stool."
Michael Lynche closed the show with "Woman's Work" by Maxwell. Excited Randy said, "Really? This is crazy! It was dope! That was hot!". Ellen said the show just began and that Michael is the one to beat now. Kara had tears in her eyes and said "That was amazing." Simon raved, "This was so needed tonight, because it was so boring at the beginning of the show. It's the best performance of all these live shows so far."