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Kirstin At 'Idol:' Paul Rocked It, But Paled In Comparison To Adam Lambert!

Thu, March 24, 2011 2:16am EDT by 29 Comments

The American Idol top 11 had one of the best weeks in the show’s history…but I couldn’t help but compare some of the contestants to those in years past!

Watching American Idol in the live studio audience March 23 was a special experience. Each of the top 11 contestants brought the goods with their Motown-inspired performances. Honestly, there wasn’t one train wreck performance out of the bunch…it’s going to be hard to see someone go tomorrow night. That said, Paul McDonald and Stefano Langone chose songs that had been sung by fan favorites (Adam Lambert and David Cook, respectively) in previous years. How do YOU think they compared to their memorable predecessors?

Singing “Hello,” Stefano has his first less-than-stellar performance in weeks. I love Stefano, but he was easily the weakest contestant of the night. I would take David’s rendition of the Motown classic any day.

On the other hand, Paul was a fan favorite of the night and brought the house down with The Miracles’ “The Tracks of My Tears.” All three judges raved about his performance, but I couldn’t help but compare it to Adam’s version from two seasons ago. After re-watching both renditions, I was struck by how much more Adam felt the emotion of the song than Paul did. Paul sounded fantastic, but Adam got the point cross. He touched me. (And Smokey Robinson gave him a standing ovation!)

After the show, we asked Paul and Stefano if they were aware they had chosen songs with histories on Idol and they both said they were unaware when they picked their solos. Paul said he’s clueless about anything Idol and is still learning more and more every week.

Who was YOUR favorite performance of the night? What did you think of Paul’s song? Sound off below!

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