Michael Slezak
March 17, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

It’s 7:59 p.m. EDT, and that means we’re all seconds away from finding out who’s getting the dreaded lead-off position and who’s getting the coveted pimp slot on tonight’s top 11 performance episode of American Idol (which features that awkwardly phrased theme of “songs popularized by members of the Grand Ole Opry.”) As Kristen Baldwin and I noted in this week’s preview episode of Idolatry, the country-music theme could spell trouble for Anoop Desai and Scott MacIntyre, but then again, last season’s trip to the Dolly Patron songbook drew some great performances from singers who hadn’t really exhibited a country edge (namely, Jason Castro, Michael Johns, and Carly Smithson). Anyhow, we decided to try a little something new this week and give you a blog post where you can share your thoughts on the telecast as it unfolds. I’ll be back at 10 p.m. to share my first impressions, and then I’ll be working till the wee small hours on my full TV Watch recap. In the interim, go do your witty, wacky, Idoloonie best in the comments section below!

More on ‘American Idol’:
‘American Idol’: What should the Top 11 sing for Grand Ole Opry Night?
‘Idolatry’: Jorge Nunez on ‘Idol’ subtitles; Jasmine Murray on Bikini Girl
‘American Idol’ Power List: Who’s hot (and not) going into top 11 performance night?

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