ellen's thoughts

Last night, "Idol" was a real game-changer. I'm feeling so many different things; surprise, delight, tingles, lumbar support. Some of it might be my new massage chair.

Y'all know I've loved James from the beginning, but last night was the first time he didn't amaze me. Don't get me wrong, I'm not taking his picture down from my wall.

Haley blew me away. I thought her second song, "House of the Rising Sun," was the best performance of the night. And that's saying a lot, because after "Idol," I watched an episode of "Laverne and Shirley" and Cindy Williams was particularly good.

At this point in the game, they're all incredibly talented singers. Now it's who's got that extra special something to go along with it?

When it comes to personality, Scotty stole the show. His first song, "Gone," was his best performance so far. He really impressed me. I now think he's the person to beat.

I also thought my friend Sheryl Crow did a great job. She makes a great coach, which is why she's always invited to my ribbon dancing practice.

Tonight we'll get down to the final four. I checked my brackets and I have Scotty, James, UConn and Butler. Two out of four ain't bad.

See recent castoff Casey Abrams' incredible performance here!

video: casey abrams performs for ellen

View photos of Ellen with "American Idol" stars!

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