Some of the artists whose songs were sung last night reached out to the Idol hopefuls through Twitter.  Mariah Carey, Jonny Lang and Lifehouse were among them.  Eric Benet made a surprise appearance to congratulate DeAndre in person.

Nicki Minaj was the first guest performer on Idol tonight, doing a great job with that silly song of hers, “Spaceships”.  Anyone else notice the awkward pause Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson gave Nicki after she inappropriately sprung her wanting to return as a guest judge?  So wrong, and yet, so funny.

Scotty McCreery, last year’s winner, was presented with an award following his “Water Tower Town”. 

Idol got down to business, sending Skylar, Holli and HeeJun to the bottom three.  Skylar returned to the couches.  And there stood the remaining two.  A strong voice and a likable singer.  HeeJun sang for his life, but rightfully, they judges did not use their one save.  He’ll get many opportunities from his stint on Idol for sure.  Best of luck to the remaining contestants.

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