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'Idol' Finalist Haley Reinhart

Slays Michael Jackson's

Super Famous Lyrics

8/29/2012 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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One of the Jackson 5's biggest hits -- "I Want You Back" -- was assassinated by former "American Idol" finalist Haley Reinhart ... who heinously botched the lyrics during a live performance, and TMZ has the footage.

You know Michael's famous words -- "oooh baby give me one more chance" ... but that's about all Reinhart remembered when she sang the Motown classic at the W Hotel in Hollywood last weekend.

In the video ... Reinhart forgets the lyrics in the VERY FIRST verse, momentarily gets back on track, and then flubs again -- all while peeking at the lyrics on her phone. Not that it helped.

Haley weathered a few hecklers -- like the dude yelling, "You don't know the words!"

Bright side? Her voice sounds great ... and her shirt is really shiny.

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1.

jackmama311    

awesome pre-production, take a bow.

785 days ago
2.

dbros    

She did great even tho she messed the song up. That happens to almost all of the artist so whats the hate? Haley has been such an incredible talented singer/songwriter/actress/rapper since the beginning. Love her!

785 days ago
3.

Halien    

As a big Haley Reinhart fan, I have to say that this was kind of a bomb. This isn't gonna change how much I love listening to her, though. Although she forgot most of the words, at least her singing was nice haha.

785 days ago
4.

Cochise    

There are certain artists that people will embarrass themselves making them look like posers trying to cover their music. Michael, Whitney, Mariah, Freddie Mercury, etc.

785 days ago
5.

King of TMZ    

Michael Jackson is the biggest celebrity that ever lived.
He made MTV
He made Black Music
He made Oprah
His death made TMZ
and list goes on

Bigger that Justin Beaver or Lady Caca, Tom Cruses, Brad Spitt and all the A list list lol

785 days ago
6.

Phishie from Philly    

Clay could have song it better. That's what you get when you don't use the winner of american idol. Never go for 2nd best when singing a MJ5 song. What's a matter for you!
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Phishie from Philly

785 days ago
7.

JACKIE    

LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! LESSON TO BE LEARNED HERE: YOU JUST DON'T COVER ANY ARTIST & ESPECIALLY THE KING OF POP'S MOST FAMOUS SONG FROM THE JACKSON 5 DAYS!!! SMFH! SHE SLAYED WHITNEY'S SONG ON IDOL ALSO!! NOT GOOD NOT GOOD!! AND HER FANS ARE LOSING A LOSING BATTLE COMING BACK AT MICHAEL'S FANS. LOL!! IT WOULD BE IN THEIR BEST INTEREST TO GO SIT DOWN SOMEWHERE AND GROW UP! SHE NEEDS TO STICK TO JUSTIN BEIBER COVERS!

785 days ago
8.

phia    

It's so sad and tragic how many wannabe singers LITERALLY EXECUTE Michael's songs.

785 days ago
9.

TeamMichaelWhitney    

LMFAO!!! Way to honor the King Of Pop!!! Singin & reading lyrics from a cell phone, seriously?!?! Their MOST Famous song to boot. *smh* She had NO business TRYING to sing an MJ song anywhoo. MOST of the BIGWigs wouldn't even take on an MJ song!!! LOL! smfh! Ridiculous!! Don't know how she won Idol anyway.

785 days ago
10.

TeamMichaelWhitney    

She slayed Whitney's song on Idol too! LOL! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQaWiAHUxAI

785 days ago
11.

verlinda    

Was she paid for this??????

785 days ago
12.

jessie50    

Her performance of Whitney's song was actually kinda awesome especially that vocal run at the end. Agree that this was not good and she deserves to get criticized for it but she is still amazing.

Check out her performance of "God Bless the Child" with Irvin Mayfield. It was completely impromptu and unrehearsed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvouGjJAEL4

Arguably the best cover of this song ever.

785 days ago
14.

OhWell    

What??


No Sunflowers??
No "Fans" Gathering At The Never Land Gates??
No Tribute Concerts??
No Tears??
No Stories??
No Gold Panties Parades Down Main Street??


Looks Like The World Has
Truly Moved On From Michael Jackson
Nobody Cares About His Birthday

Nobody Gives A
Crappo About Creepy
Little Wacko
Gone & Forgotten
After Only 3 + Years


Well,
There Are Some People Who Won't Forget,
All Of MJ's Little Boy Victims Who Can't Forget
What Was Done To Them By The Little Freak.

785 days ago
15.

ME    

MJ was #1 alright....Pedophile that is...

785 days ago
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