1. I loved the guys who sang "Fly Me to the Moon." Two of them were only 16, including William Makar, who hit some lovely high notes. All four get through.
2. Terrell and Derrell, the Brittenum twins. What a pair! Terrell talks and talks and makes it through, and Derrell makes it through than insists on talking and talking and quits the show. "My spirit has been broken," he says, and he's going home to make music with his brother. Then we see him learning that his brother wasn't cut. Terrell tells him to crawl back in and apologize. Later we see the twins together asking for forgiveness, and Simon tells them he's sick of their "hissy fits." They're told to go away for 30 minutes. When they come back, they're given a break, and they get to stay.
3. The song "Can't Help Myself" is sung way too many times, but it's all worth it when Brenna Gethers sings the line "leaving just your picture behind" and dances her behind into position to slap it on the word "behind." The song will never be the same. Good! I've never liked it. (And I remember when it first came out.) Accused of being difficult, Brenna launches into a rant, which includes the observations that "It's 'American Idol' with an 'L' not an 'S' or a 'Z' - it's not 'American Idols.'" Hey! She totally stole that from Randal on "The Apprentice"!
4. And now the cowboys, introduced with a "Brokeback Mountain" trailer parody. One, of course, is the turkey boy who made me cry, Garet Layne Johnson. He's reminding me of Michael J. Pollard. They sing "Doo Wah Diddy." You know: "There she was, just a-walkin' down the street, clapping her hands and schwucking her feet." Simon says that they'd live to regret turning their big opportunity into a comedy routine, and, in the lamest comeback in the world, they say they didn't intend for it to be a comedy routine. They got a lot of laughs, and they got sent home. It ends with a big, soppy cowboy embrace, movie trailer music playing.
5. There's an a cappella competition that we see almost nothing of, and then the judges gather to make a final cut. As they sort through the photographs, Simon says, "Why don't we just have: yes, no, maybe, and weird?" The contestants are put into four different rooms to await the news. Three of the four rooms make it. I see my new favorite William Makar made it. With so many through tonight, a lot will need to be cut tomorrow night. We see the highlights, with Ryan Seacrest voicing over: "Hearts... will be... broken." Sounds like great fun. We'll be there.