‘American Idol’ Hopeful Channels Paula Abdul

by | February 12, 2010 at 10:31 AM | American Idol, TV News

Andrew Garcia on 'Idol' (Fox)

Andrew Garcia on 'Idol' (Fox)

Even though Paula Abdul is gone from ‘American Idol,’ her spirit lives on.

During the first night of the Hollywood round, contestant Andrew Garcia sang an acoustic rendition of ‘Straight Up,’ a song that shot the former ‘Idol’ judge to fame in the 1990’s.

Both Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson expressed their approval, with DioGuardi saying that his rendition was “genius. Paula would be screaming, yelling and dancing, and dying. You just owned that moment.”

Watch the clip below, and compare it to Abdul’s original.