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James Durbin shreds Elvis on 'American Idol'

James Durbin is singing "Love Potion No. 9" on "American Idol." Lady Gaga gets up behind him to have him move his hips the way Elvis did -- good advice, actually. She's pretty perceptive.

Wow, he's totally transformed this sleepy song, made it current. It's got lots of energy and he's shredding the lyrics. Ah, the most creative finalist this year shows it off again. Everyone else looks like pikers next to him.

Fun to listen to, true to the spirit of the original, but totally remade for 2011. And a big, powerful finish. The audience goes nuts. Easily the best of the night.

"You can sing anything," gushes Jennifer Lopez, who like me didn't really think the song would work but once she heard it, loved it. Randy Jackson says "you're peaking at the right time," Steven Jackson calls it "a beautiful thing, man."

Yeah, he rocked.

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