When the "American Idol" Top 3 -- Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen -- performed Tuesday, Lambert's take on Aerosmith's "Cryin'" topped the night.
At the show's start, one question dominated viewers' minds: Could underdog Kris Allen pull out a surprise and upstage a producer favorite for a spot in the finals?
Ultimately, the answer seemed like a no, despite Allen's standout acoustic take on Kanye West's "Heartless."
While judge Randy Jackson called that performance better than the original song, the feedback Allen received Tuesday was hardly as enthusiastic as what finalists Danny Gokey and Adam Lambert saw.
Gokey, who sang "Dance Little Sister" and "You Are So Beautiful," was at one point called a vocal master class by judge Simon Cowell.
After Lambert performed "One" and "Cryin,'" judge Kara DioGuardi said to him at the end of the night, "We'll see you at the finals."
While Allen's "Heartless" was perhaps the second-best song of the night, he suffered on his other tune, "Apologize."
In Wednesday's 9 p.m. results show, we'll learn whether a preordained Top 2 will sing in the finale -- or if we're in for a shocker.
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