We have to confess – even though “Piano Man” is a natural choice for Colton Dixon on “American Idol’s” Billy Joel week, we were hoping he’d go a little less overplayed and pick something like “The Stranger” or “Pressure.”

But “Piano Man” was the call and it was a good one. There were just enough change-ups to the melody line to stylize it his own way, but not so much so that the song was unrecognizable. The judges loved it too. Steven Tyler gave a particularly astute critique when he said, “Your choice of chords when your voice resolved was stunning. Just outrageous. You’re a great musician and a great singer.”

And Randy added, “You gave a very sensitive, touching, moving performance on one of his classics.”  What did you think, “Idol” fans? Did Colton win the night?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."