Update: Lauren Alaina may have the flu! She noted on her Twitter account earlier today, “miss my girls @TMegiaAI10 and @PToscanoAI10 . stupid flu!!! 🙁 I love you girls!!” I’m guessing she’ll still sing as absence equals elimination (right?), but that could really impact her performance. Other possibility: it’s Pia and Thia who are the sick ones, but no tweet mentions from them. (Thanks to reader Rachel for the tip!)

American Idol 2011 continues tonight when the Top 12 singers take the stage to perform songs from the year they were born. After last week’s elimination of Ashthon we’ll have to see if Karen and Haley can pull themselves out of the bottom ring this time around with some more inspiring performances.

It looks like we won’t be getting any song spoilers this week now that audiences have been banned from the rehearsals. But in the meantime you can check out Branden’s recommendations for this week. It’s a pretty good list so I won’t be surprised to see any of those songs showing up during tonight’s performance.

Speaking of surprises at tonight’s show, this will be the first live show of the season. Gasp! That’s right, all you big Idol fans (or “morons” as the exec producer, Nigel Lythgoe, likes to think of you), there’ll be no chance for editing commentary or second chances if there’s a mishap. The pressure is on tonight!

Which guy and girl are you most looking forward to hearing perform tonight?

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