Hello! It's time for this week's American Idol performance episode. Tonight, the Top 9 will sing John Lennon and Paul McCartney songs live for your votes from 8:00 to 10:00 PM ET on FOX. More inside, plus your open thread.

LIVE: American Idol, Season Nine, Top 9 Perform

As mentioned above, tonight's show features our Top 9 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 the music of John Lennon and Paul McCartney (poor George and Ringo). Unless I missed the news, though, no mentor has yet to be announced.

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:

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