aaron kelly 320 top 8 'American Idol' quick 'n dirty: Aaron Kelly not 'Already There'The Top 8 men were very middle-of-the-road (save Aaron Kelly, who was terrible) until Michael Lynche gave a ridiculously good performance to end the night.

This is Zap2it’s quick ‘n dirty initial reaction to the Top 8 men’s performances. Check out the full recap live here for all our thoughts on the last semi-final performance.

The Highlights: … I didn’t have one until Michael Lynche. Not that they were all bad, but nobody was “WOW” until Lynche. He did very well on an incredibly hard song.

The Lowlights: Aaron Kelly needs to go. That vocal was painful. Also, Andrew Garcia‘s “Genie In a Bottle” didn’t work at all, but we’ll get into that in the longer recap.

The Lights: Casey James got back on track, even if he wasn’t super. Tim Urban is 100% safe because he’s the Cutest Boy in All the Land who has hung around while not doing very well. He finally gave a good performance, so his fans must be going crazy, even if on a sliding scale of “Hallelujah” performances it was utterly mediocre. Todrick Hall may have put himself back in the race with a great vocal on a hard song.

Check out the full recap on the Top 8 men.

Also, we know the theme for next week’s Top 12 finalists.

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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."