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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