Last night, the contestants performed songs from the Billy Joel songbook. I thought it was the best night of the finals and I recapped it for Popblerd.

Here’s how I had the top and bottom 3 last night:

Top 3
1. Jessica Sanchez
2. Phillip Phillips
3. Elise Testone

Bottom 3
1. DeAndre Brackensick
2. Hollie Cavanagh
3. Erika Van Pelt

Supposedly, my girl Haley Reinhart is performing live on the show. Does that mean Stefano is nearby?

The top 10 is singing For The Longest Time. There was a Casey Abrams sighting in the audience. And no, he didn’t pass out.

Ryno gets to it. He brings Hollie, Elise, and Skylar to the center. Hollie makes it to next week. Are we going to be thrown for a loop here? Skylar is safe and Elise is safe. I was about to open up a can of whoop ass on America if Elise was in the bottom three.

By the way, Casey Abrams is morphing into Kevin Smith. He just needs jean shorts.

Lana Del Ray is on stage. I didn’t see her infamous SNL performance. I’m unimpressed. She’s no Carly Rae Jepsen, that’s for sure. Because Del Ray is boring me to death, I’m posting the Carly Rae Jepsen video even if it has nothing to do with this show.

Joe Perry came out to wish Esteban Tyler a happy birthday. How nice.

Ryno brings out Deandre, Joshua, and Jessica. I have a bad feeling for Deandre. Jessica is safe. So is Joshua. My San Jose homeboy Deandre is in the bottom three.

Now it’s Haley time. She’s singing Free. It was every song she performed on American Idol last year. She’s still showing off those legs.

Ryno brings out the last four. Colton The Muskrat, Phillip, Erika, and Heejun are up and two of them are going to be in the bottom three. It has to be Erika and Heejun right? Heejun just cut his own throat. He said he’s not trying to become a star. He just wants to help the kids. If he doesn’t care that much about winning this show, I’m not sure people will care that much about voting for him. It really sounds like the pressure is getting to him.

Colton is safe. Erika is in the bottom three. Phillip is safe and Heejun is in the bottom three.

For the record, I thought Heejun’s performance was fun as hell.

Ryno sends Deandre back to the land of safety. Heejun is safe and Erika is going home sweet home.

I don’t think the judges will keep her, but she’s worthy. The problem is that she’ll just end up eliminated next week. She sang her ass off though trying to be saved by singing I Believe In You And Me.

The judges choose to not use the save. Goodbye Erika.

Photo of Haley Reinhart shared by mtanne via creative commons 2.0