It was disco night and as it rolled along there were twists and turns, but one of the most memorable performances of the night was once again turned in by the most consistently creative contestant, Adam Lambert. The lyrics of Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You" have always seemed a bit incongruous with the grand, bubbly arrangement of her hit performance. Last night Adam Lambert stripped that all down and put the song in a downbeat ballad context that gave new meaning to the words, "If I can't have you, I don't want nobody." The self-deprecating ache of the song was impressive. It remains to be seen when he is signed to a recording contract (and he will be signed whether he wins or not) whether he can deliver new material in a hitmaking fashion. However, he is possibly the most brilliant interpreter of songs by other artists that American Idol has yet known. Odds are we will see Adam Lambert in the finale, but many of us thought that about Chris Daughtry, too.
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