It's that time again! Tonight—from 8:00 to 9:30 PM, live on FOX—this season's American Idol Top 5 will each perform two songs for the judges' critiques and our votes. Want in on the action? Your open thread is inside.

Here's the gist of what to expect tonight: Five finalists, each singing one current song and one from the 1960s. The episode lasts 90 minutes and will air live on FOX. Ryan Seacrest hosts, and the judging panel consists of Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson.

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