Dolly Parton took over Idol this week, coaching the remaining nine contestants and offering up her songs for them to sing. And despite Simon Cowell being his usual grumpy self, it seems the country legend worked her magic.
David Cook's "Little Sparrow," Carly Smithson's "Here You Come Again," David Archuleta's "Smokey Mountain Memories," and Syesha Mercado's "I Will Always Love You" were all winners on the Idol stage.
And Kristy Lee Cook, who sang "Coat of Many Colors," gave one of her best performances -- although Simon disagreed (he liked "God Bless the U.S.A." more).
But the man of the hour was Michael Johns. His bluesy and inspired performance of "It's All Wrong, But It's All Right" was alright, indeed.
Randy Jackson said it was "blazing hot" and Paula Abdul said, "You're a star, a rock star, a blues star."
Even Simon told him it was, "the best I have heard you sing."
And Dolly? "He would make some great records and I think I could probably write some good songs for him," she said with a squeaky chuckle. "I'm hoping he does become a star." That just might be the best endorsement of the season!
Tell us: Who was your favorite on Dolly night? And who is headed home?Ray Mickshaw/FOX