Lady Gaga Brings 'Alejandro' To 'American Idol'

Pop star starts over-the-top performance with a slowed-down snippet of 'Bad Romance.'

She's one of the hottest musical acts at the moment, an endlessly fascinating performer who has enough tricks up her sleeve to possibly outlast the long list of flavors of the month who have similarly skyrocketed to the top of the charts. On Wednesday night (May 5), "American Idol" officially went Gaga.

"This is a woman who's dominating the charts and pushing the pop-culture envelope," Ryan Seacrest said in his gushing introduction of [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist].

With that, America's most popular TV show became a showcase for one of its most unique talents. Taking to the stage with a large ensemble of backup dancers in a pre-taped performance, Lady Gaga sang the newest single from The Fame Monster, a Spanish-influenced number called "Alejandro." Gaga started out at the piano for a slowed-down snippet of "Bad Romance."

Dressed in a revealing-but-veiled black outfit that might be appropriate for a woman attending a stripper's funeral, Gaga wielded a cape and was surrounded by a team of shirtless dancers. Halfway through the performance, she shed her cape and began writhing on the floor.

"Alejandro, let me go," she sang. "You know that I love you, boy/ Hot like Mexico, rejoice."

Over in one corner of the stage, a statue of the Virgin Mary had flames pouring out of the top of it, in something that felt straight out of Madonna's repertoire in her prime. Smoke filled the stage while the songstress performed a highly choreographed dance routine.

The "Idol" crowd seemed appreciative of the spectacle, welcoming her with opening arms and cheering throughout the performance.

Gaga taped the performance after last week's elimination show, when Siobhan Magnus got the boot.

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