The nine remaining "American Idol" contestants tackled the music of the Beatles Wednesday night, despite the fact that -- honestly, what is the world coming to? -- some of them had never heard the songs they'd sung before.
That's right. Burnell Taylor had never heard "Let It Be" -- or any tune by the Fab Four. (He'd heard of them, he said.) Amber Holcomb didn't know "She's Leaving Home," which would have been startling enough even if Mariah Carey -- Mariah freaking Carey -- hadn't also admitted that she'd never heard the song before either.
So much for "more popular than Jesus."
Despite the occasional lack of familiarity with the material, however, we still got some good performances. We also got word that, thanks to the "Idol" voters, Aubrey Cleland had beaten out Charlie Askew for the 11th slot on the "American Idol" tour. Sorry, Charlie. And sorry, awkward turtles. Ryan Seacrest gave him a sweet send-off: "We will never forget you, Charlie," he said.
Back to the performances:
Kree Harrison: After reminding us that, heartrendingly, she'd lost her father when she was 12 and her mother when she was 19, Harrison said that, though she'd never performed a Beatles song, the band had been one of her dad's favorites. She sang "A Little Help From My Friends," and was every bit as good as Jimmy Iovine had promised us she'd be, showing off her lush, open tone. Keith Urban said she sounded like herself -- like all the cool things about country -- no matter what she sang. Nicki Minaj liked the way Harrison put her "own Kreedom" on the music. Randy Jackson declared Harrison to be "ready." And Carey faked everyone out by saying she "didn't think it was good," before declaring it to be "fan-freaking-tastic." Oh, Mariah.