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Lady Gaga Invades 'American Idol' as Aaron Kelly Exits

May 6, 2010 8:36 AM ET

Lady Gaga hit the American Idol stage in a black fishnet body stocking to perform her latest Fame Monster single "Alejandro." If the performance, which was filmed after last week's elimination show in L.A. and aired last night, seemed a bit choppy, Gaga hints that editing is to blame: "Idol cut down my performance--see the full-length performance here little monsters!" she tweeted shortly after the broadcast with a link to a longer version of the song, which featured an extended piano introduction of "Bad Romance." But "Alejandro" never really locked in step, starting with a missed cue during the intro that led to the synths and violin clashing for a few awkward bars. In classic Gaga style, though, the singer never stumbled, capping the track with a strong, fiery finish as her dancers surrounded her with their hands contorted into her signature monster claw.

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Before Ryan Seacrest revealed which final four contestants survived to next week's show, when Jamie Foxx will guide the singers through "Songs of the Cinema" (check out the Bryan Adams-heavy song list on MJ's Big Blog), mentor Harry Connick Jr. regaled the audience with a lengthy anecdote about nervously singing for Frank Sinatra and having Ol' Blue Eyes kiss his future wife, Jill Goodacre, right in front of him. Connick Jr., who brought a much-needed dose of charm and humor to the performance show this week, also broke out his cover of the Beatles' "And I Love Her," joked that Casey James "thought I was Chris Isaak" and brought up an excellent point: "The word 'pitchy' does not exist, judges … it's singing out of tune."

At the end of the hour, Seacrest revealed that James — who the judges had harshly critiqued the night before for an off-base cover of "Blue Skies" — had survived the Sinatra week elimination, leaving Michael Lynche and Aaron Kelly on the block. Kelly, the earnest 17-year-old hopeful, was cut as RS predicted, but went out with a smile on his face as he reprised "Fly Me to the Moon."

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