‘American Idol’ Recap: Kellie Heats Things Up, Bucky’s Easy To Forget

Pickler shows some passion; Covington wasn't memorable enough to secure his spot.

It seems everyone has something to say about “American Idol” and MTVNews.com is no different. Here’s the latest edition of our weekly performance-night roundup:

April 11 – Theme: Queen songs

Surprise performance: Here’s some term-in-awlogy for you, Kellie Pickler: That was a bad-ass performance. The minx returned and she was sexier than ever, dressed in all black and singing with passion. Her chopped version of “Bohemian Rhapsody” avoided some of the song’s more challenging moments, but it was still the best female version of the Queen classic since … well, “Rock Star: INXS.”

Fashion hits and misses: What’s worse? Tight leather pants or baggy leather pants? Ace Young made an argument for the latter. Paris Bennett surprisingly continues to reinvent her hair each week, but the Lil’ Kim look was too much for a 16-year-old. Ryan Seacrest with a sweater under his suit was just stuffy. On the other end of the spectrum, Katharine McPhee was stunning, Kellie was smoking and Taylor Hicks was perfectly silver. (Click here for photos. )

Judging the judges: Seems this season Randy Jackson either hates everything or loves it. Still wondering what “working it out” means, though. Paula Abdul used it, so she must know — but then again, probably not. Simon Cowell pulled out what may be his harshest statements ever for Ace and never really cheered up. He was right about Chris Daughtry sounding good but picking a weird song, but he was just plain wrong dissing Taylor. All is forgiven though after one of his best lines of the season, telling Kellie he can’t understand her either.

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Best audience sign: Tie between “Ace Is A Full House” and “Ace, Will You Go To Prom With Me?”

Who will go: Elliott Yamin and Paris were good, but were they good enough to rescue them from last week’s bottom three? The judges hated Ace, but it worked on TV and he obviously has a fanbase. And then there’s Bucky Covington, who went first with a not-so-memorable performance. The gut says, to paraphrase M.I.A., Bucky done gone.

Who needs to step it up: Chris clearly has the voice, but he needs to show versatility and some taste in his music.

Who is the one to beat: Taylor needed to step it up and he did. He’s probably back in the lead, although Katharine and Kellie are coming up closer behind.

You told us:

It’s past time for Bucky and Ace to leave the show. Hopefully Bucky will go this week, just because I think I can tolerate Ace a little longer. I agree 100 percent that Paris looked anything but her age last night, but at least she’s entertaining. Kellie’s performance was too hot, I think. She can’t move around and sing like that while maintaining her dumb blonde persona. She’s fake somewhere, but it’s working in her favor so more power to her.

Drew, 18

Thornville, OH

I don’t even like Bucky, but he gave one of the better performances of the night. And you think Ace’s awful rendition of “We Will Rock You” worked on TV? What TV were you watching? I kind of agree with you about Pickler, but she was just better than usual, nothing all that special. Do you really like Taylor that much? I just don’t see his appeal. He doesn’t sound good, his stage presence is awful and he comes off as just really annoying. And I don’t know why the contestants made these choices when Queen have so many more beautiful and rocking songs.

JD, 25

Washington, DC

I’ve never been tempted to actually vote for someone on “American Idol,” but Taylor Hicks is changing my mind. A white guy with soul? Fine. I’ll take some soul wherever I can get it.

Tom, 23

Sugarland, TX

The last thing we need is another Jessica Simpson. Kellie was the worst performer of the night, only topping Ace. She didn’t show any range. It seems like you may have judged her visual rather than sound. Without considering what she looked like, it was a complete train wreck that made a classic song barely recognizable.

Joni, 36

Pittsburgh, PA

Ace will be going home and after that Kellie is done. The front runners are Chris and Katharine.

Kimberly, 24

Stuarts Draft, VA

Simon was way off-base with Taylor. He gave one of the best performances of the night.

Angela, 25

Los Angeles, CA

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