updated 04/25/2012 AT 10:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/25/2012 AT 11:00 PM ET
“Wow, what a night so far!” Randy Jackson shouted near the top of Wednesday’s American Idol episode. “Who’d a thunk it?”
He was right. After several weeks of uneven performances, the contestants collectively brought their strongest showings in weeks for the two-hour show.
For the first half, the remaining six performed the music of Queen, whose members kicked off the night with an explosive medley of hits, including – fittingly for the unpredictable competition – “Another One Bites the Dust.”