TVOM: "We have officially returned to the two-hour American Idol format, and have arrived at our first live episode of the season. You know it’s about to get serious when Ryan Seacrest has added a tie to his suit. For some reason the audience is filled with balloons in a variety of colors, making it look like a giant McDonald’s birthday party. (That’s how we did birthday parties in Kansas in the 80’s, don’t judge.) Without any official results show this year, this is how eliminations will go down; during each live performance show. This week’s theme? “Let’s Get This Party Started” And on that note, it’s party time."