To the start the day after group day, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler rock out with the contestants.
There are 98 people left and they all get to sing solo with the band and can play their own instruments, but they won't get any feedback from the judges.
Joshua Ledet didn't want to get on the pane because of his anxiety. We see shots of LAX and contestants and now he's singing.
Well, he got a standing ovation from the judges.
Wow, there is a guy who is a professional facepainter--I want to know about that. Colton Dixon, if you're out there, please explain.
There is a guy named Phil Phillips and I was convinced I knew the song he was singing and I can't place it.
Wait, Jen Hirsh is singing a crazy awesome rendition of "Georgia On My Mind," and it just dawned on me that Phillips was singing Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game."
However, Charming Husband is impressed that I figured out what song that was.
Back to Hirsh, she gets a standing ovation.
Creighton Fraker's occupation is "Starving Artist."
He sounds great, but I am confused by the jacket he stole from Eddie Vedder and shrunk in the dryer.
What? It's raining? Seacrest seems confused. I am, too, as to why this matters.
Oh, cue the cheesy thunder sound effects while people miss their lyrics.
Now there's Reid Grimm, who isn't prepared and the vocal coach is exasperated with him.
I'm exasperated, too. When you have 30 minutes to try to pull this together, you shouldn't be stopping to take a phone break, dude.
OK, the guy is back and I am confused. Is he singing? Is he not singing and wasting the time of the coach?
Reid is now going to play the drums.
He's making the music director nervous.
It goes well, though, with Randy Jackson comparing him to season 10 contestant and Idyllwild native Casey Abrams, who made it to the top 10. I don't see it--I think Casey's voice was stronger and more unique, but Casey did play the bass.
Clearly, the drums are like Dumbo's magic feather.
Steven Tyler calls it "extraordinary."
Only 30 minutes left. Take us into another long commercial break.