‘American Idol’ ’80s Recap: The Bad, The Rad And The Totally Tubular

Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene remain frontrunners while some contestants sink a little lower.

American Idol’s” top 8 part deux took on the 1980s on Wednesday (April 9), revisiting a time “where Instagram, Snapcahat, even the selfie did not exist,” as Ryan Seacrest described it at the top of the show. (By that definition, he could also have been talking about 2004, but who’s counting?)

Former “Idol” champ David Cook guided the competitors through the decade that none of them were alive to experience themselves. Who was tubular and who was totally bogus? Here’s a recap.

Jena, Caleb Rock
On a night with no breakout moments, Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson — who opened and closed the show, respectively — gave the night’s two best performances. As the weeks go on, Irene and Johnson are starting to look like the only contestants with a shot at going all the way. (And they’ll have to get there on their own, now that the judge’s save has been taken out of the mix.)

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