Hello! It's Tuesday! And that means it's time for this week's American Idol performance episode. Tonight, the Top 10 will sing live for your votes from 8:00 to 10:00 PM ET on FOX. Excited? More inside, plus your open thread.

LIVE: American Idol, Season Nine, Top 10 Perform

First of all, I'd like to once again thank DahlELama for hosting last week in my stead. By the looks of it, she did an amazing job! Thanks, Dahl. :)

As mentioned above, tonight's show features our Top 10 performing live for our votes. The show starts at 8:00 PM ET, airs on FOX, and will run for two hours. The theme for tonight's episode is Soul/R&B, and Usher is this week's mentor.

While you wait for the action to begin, feel free to chat in the comments below. If you're new to Idol—or want a refresher on everything—here are some helpful links:

If you haven't participated in one of our live blogs before, don't fret-it's easy! All you need to do is tune your TV to FOX, watch the show, and discuss all the action with everyone else in the comments. It's really as simple as that. If you don't have a commenter account, just sign up for one (it literally takes seconds) and we'll get you approved and in on the action right away.

I'll see you in the comments!

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