Readers' Poll: The 10 Best 'American Idol' Performances

See which performance beat Carrie Underwood's "Alone" and Adam Lambert's "Mad World"

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3. Adam Lambert, "Ring of Fire"

Lambert felt that country wasn't exactly the right fit for him, so he made the genre fit him. The Grand Ole Opry week's guest coach, Randy Travis, was in shock at the Middle Eastern-infused take the contestant had on Johnny Cash's classic. Most of the judges admired his unique take, and Randy Jackson even described it as "Nine Inch Nails doing a country song."

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