'American Idol': Scotty McCreery Gives His 'Heart,' Casey Abrams' 'Spirit' Low
'American Idol': Scotty McCreery Gives His 'Heart,' Casey Abrams' 'Spirit' Low

Oh how the mighty have fallen! On last night's (Mar. 16) "American Idol," fan favorites including Casey Abrams and Paul McDonald delivered less-than thrilling performances of, respectively, Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Elton John's "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues."

While Abrams' misstep can be attributed to a song selection, illness brought McDonald down on the live episode, which featured contestants performing songs from their birth years. However, illness provided gave Lauren Alaina boost, infusing her vocals with a sexy rasp during her take on Melisa Etheridge's "I'm the Only One."

And of course, Scotty "Nuts of Wonder" McCreery wowed again with his deep south cowboy bass, taking on Travis Tritt's "Can I Trust You With My Heart" -- and converting non-country fans to the Nashville sound yet again.

Check out what the judges, who were overly positive with the exception of Randy Jackson, had to say, as well Billboard's take. I rated the "American Idol" top 12 performances last night, from favorites to the less than stellar. Let me know who you think will be in the dreaded bottom three this week (and if you agree/disagree with my take) in the comments section.

"Idol" fans: Don't forget that downloads of all the tracks performed on last night's episode