It may have been ladies night Tuesday on American Idol, but the boys stole the spotlight Wednesday.
Once again, the judges only called to the stage the 10 singers who impressed them most, eliminating the remaining five.
Rocker Caleb Johnson, 22, kicked things off and stayed true to form with “Stay With Me,” a “real rock star” performance according to Jennifer Lopez, who added, “It’s your time.”
Guitar teacher C.J. Harris, 23, brought some country soul and a big smile, despite undergoing a root canal Tuesday, to his performance of “Shelter.”
Mega-watt personality Emmanuel Zidor, 24, sang “Best of My Love,” but it didn’t earn the best of remarks from the judges with Connick telling him, “You remind me of performers I grew up with in New Orleans but you got a little out of control.”
Lopez – who told the singer, “Emmanuel, I Zidor you!” – agreed it was the wrong song choice and then had him sing a section of “I’m Goin’ Down” to showcase his vocals for America. “You belong on a stage,” she added.
“The people like you,” Urban said after baby-faced 17-year-old Sam Woolf played guitar and sang “Babylon.” “And with good reason, man. Your voice is money.”
Connick once again earned the first big boos of the night telling George Lovett, 24, that he, essentially, bombed singing “Grenade,” saying his performance “spun out of control” and was “one note,” while pointing out his voice cracked.
Farm worker Dexter Roberts, 22, also stuck to his country roots, playing the guitar while singing “This Ole Boy,” although the judges wondered what would set him apart from today’s country singers.
Shy Alex Preston, 22, who plays a dozen instruments, played the guitar and sang what Urban deemed the “best song choice of the night” with a hauntingly mesmerizing performance of “Volcano.” “Music is like a religion to you,” said Connick.
Nerves seemed to play a role in 21-year-old Malcolm Allen’s performance of “Comin’ From Where I’m From.”
“I should have got goosies on that one,” said Lopez, while Connick was more direct, again earning more boos: “You sang the exact same run over and over again same five notes and you have to sing in tune.”
Country crooner Ben Briley, 24, who won America’s vote over Neco Starr Tuesday night to earn his way into the Top 15, sang “Soulshine” and played the electric guitar in what Urban deemed the “first shredded solo on American Idol.”
The final singer selected was this year’s designated heartthrob Spencer Lloyd, 19, who went up-tempo singing “Love Don’t Die” by The Fray.
Lloyd’s performance may have earned screeches from girls in the audience but it didn’t earn raves from the judges, with Connick telling him, “This is not your strong suit. This was not good. You sitting at the piano singing ballads is good.”
The boys who didn’t make the cut were Briston Maroney, Casey Thrasher, Ethan Harris, Jordan Brisbane and Maurice Townsend.
The five girls and five boys with the most votes will be revealed Thursday on Fox (8 p.m. ET) with each judge handing out a wild card to create the Top 13.