LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lady Gaga turned up the heat on "American Idol," TV's popular singing competition.
The eccentric pop superstar pushed the Fox show'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 to kiss the cross around his neck.
"You've got to get right in the center of that hot dog," she advised the conservative singer.
Lady Gaga's steamy direction didn't seem to deter McCreery, who impressed the judges with both his rollicking take on The Coasters' "Young Blood" and heartfelt rendition of Alan Jackson's "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" during the beginning of Wednesday's episode when the finalists were tasked with performing inspirational tunes.
"You're ready for superstardom, and I hope you make it," Randy Jackson told McCreery afterward.
Lauren Alaina also seemed poised for greatness with her inspirational ballad of Martina McBride's "Anyway," but she wasn't ready to proclaim that she was "evil," as noted in the lyrics to Elvis Presley's "Trouble," until she received some motivation from Lady Gaga, who directed the 16-year-old singer from Georgia to sing the ditty in character.
"When I was 16, I was way too weird to be on 'American Idol,'" Lady Gaga admitted.
One of the four finalists will be eliminated Thursday. The 10th season "Idol" scheduled to be selected on the May 26 finale.
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