One thing we’ve learned this season on “American Idol” is that regardless of public opinion, the talent pool is so deep that anyone can have a bad night and get kicked off. It happened a few weeks ago with Casey Abrams, but the judges used their one save of the season on him. Casey, of course, deserved it. But last week when Pia Toscano was voted off instead of Stefano Langone, the judges looked like they were in shock, as was much of America. But hey, she had a lukewarm night, something Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez even admitted after Pia performed, and she paid for it. Me? I had Pia in the Bottom 3 last week, but I still didn’t expect her to go home. Then again, she is a stand-there-and-belt-it, Celine Dion-type crooner; and we’re talking about a voting base that is largely young and more interested in their own–like Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina; and even a few weeks back when Thia Meghia hung on a few weeks too long. But hey, this isn’t an editorial, it’s a recap of last night…so here we go:

I haven’t exactly tooted Jacob Lusk’s horn to the degree that some have, but man, was he awesome last night. Jacob took on Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and as Mrs. Mike pointed out, Jacob was humbled by his Bottom 3 appearance last week. But last night, he put aside the quivering Gospel style, and just sang. And I’m not sure anyone left in this has the pipes Jacob has. There aren’t many who have ever been on this show that do. Steven said Jacob puts so much into his songs; J-Lo said he’s so gifted; and Randy said it was perfect and controlled. Yes, but it was even better than all that.

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