Monday's American Idolwas a showstopping episode in so many big ways. Paula Abdul made her return to the judge's table, while the season kicked off its first live episode, and the competition got cut down to the Top 12!
Meanwhile, the competition itself got cut rather dramatically during Monday's live episode, in which the Top 16 were whittled down to the Top 12.
At the top of the show, it was revealed that Wyatt Pike had to drop out of the competition due to unspecified personal reasons, meaning only 15 singers would be fighting it out for the slots. The 10 singers who got the most votes were told that they were safe and would be moving on, however the bottom five were told they were in the danger zone, and would be singing to try and get saved by the judges.
Here's who made it into the Top 12 on Monday's episode, and the song they sang for America's next big vote:
Casey Bishop -- "House Of The Rising Sun" by The Animals.
Deshawn Goncalves -- "Higher Ground" by Stevie Wonder.
Cassandra Coleman -- "Light On" by Maggie Rogers.
Caleb Kennedy -- "Nowhere," original song.
Ava August -- "Love Of My Life" by Queen.
Chayce Beckham -- "What Brings Life Also Kills" by Kolton Moore & The Clever Few.
Alyssa Wray -- "The Greatest Love of All" by Whitney Houston.
Willie Spence -- "Diamonds" by Rihanna.
Grace Kinstler -- "Dangerous Woman" by Ariana Grande.
Hunter Metts -- "I Can’t Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt.
And the saved singers were:
Madison Watkins -- "Hotline Bling" by Drake.
Beane -- "Grow As We Go" by Ben Platt.
This means, apart from Pike, the Idol journey has also come to an end for Alanis Sophia, Colin Jamieson and Graham DeFranco.
After the show, Abdul -- alongside judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie -- spoke with ET's Lauren Zima, and the singer addressed her remark about Cowell.
According to Abdul, the acronym she used really stood for "sexy, talented and debonair," as she coyly played down the moment.
For the former judge -- who was with the show from it's inception through it's eighth season in 2009 -- also reflected on her return and said being back "felt nostalgic."
"I didn't have time to think about it because it was literally, I got the call on Friday night and I was worried because I was getting my second vaccine and I thought, 'Oh my God, what if I have a reaction?'" Abdul recalled. "I was able to move my appointment to Saturday night, so yesterday I was feeling kind of crappy, but today I woke up fine. And it was fun!"
"I love being on this panel tonight. It's way different than the panel that I was on, that's for sure," she shared, jokingly adding that she "didn't have to go to therapy" to get ready to join Perry and Richie.
Tune in Tuesday's Entertainment Tonight to see the judges' full conversation about Monday's show and Abdul's Idol comeback. Check here for local listings.