Lady Gaga brings drama to 'American Idol'

The Associated Press, Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 5:48pm (PDT)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lady Gaga brought drama to "American Idol."

The eccentric pop superstar pushed the Fox singing competition's top four finalists to add theatrics to their Wednesday performances of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller songs. Her advice that Scotty McCreery should pretend that the microphone is his girlfriend prompted the deep-voiced 17-year-old country crooner kiss the cross around his neck.

Lady Gaga's out-there direction didn't seem to deter McCreery, who impressed the judges with his rollicking take on The Coasters' "Young Blood" and heartfelt rendition of Alan Jackson's "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)." Randy Jackson told McCreery that he was "ready for superstardom, and I hope you make it."

One of the top four finalists will be eliminated Thursday.

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