It’s time for a catch-all theme this week, “American Classics.” It’s also time for a format change up, since when we reach this point in the competition where we can technically fit two performances per contestants into the mandatory two-hour slot, we do. It’s one of the very few changes that came with the mandatory two-hour format I like. More singing from the contestants is always a good thing. And the first week of two songs a night is always revealing as to who can handle it and who can’t, holding it until the Top 5 (or worse, Top 4) does no one any favors.
So tonight we’ll get two songs per contestant, both of which will be from anywhere from the 1950s to the 1990s. That means everyone really gets to sing once–though because the call out order happens in the first round, they’ll know they’re the bottom. It’ll feel more like a Top 7 than Top 6. Then the bottom two will use their second songs for the Twitter Save. Or as I’ve started to think of it, when Rayvon’s voters vote.
With fourteen songs, there’s no time for opening numbers, or professional filler. Ryan, let’s get right to it.