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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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16.

ME    

People make me sick when they Idolize a child molester. We all know he was guilty, but he paid many millions to make it go away.

787 days ago
17.

Kaila    

WOW Haley, that was REALLY bad! That is only one the most famous songs from the Motown era, why did she even attempt it if she was going to have to read from her phone? BAAADDDD DAYY!

787 days ago
18.

Bea    

Btw... it's Michael's birthday today!

787 days ago
19.

nan    

Happy Birthday Michael, watching this girl perform , makes me miss you all the more..

787 days ago
20.

KenzieQ    

lol kinda cute that she's looking up da lyrics on her phone.

787 days ago
21.

laffnbear    

One word:
Rehearse!

787 days ago
22.

mj fan forever    

Michael Jackson the greatest of all time!!! Happy Birthday Sweet Michael!!! LOVE and MISS You Always and Forever!!!!

787 days ago
23.

Pat    

That's not fair man, she wasn't scheduled to perform here and she was pulled on stage to sing an MJ song out of the blue. She forgot the lyrics, not the end of the world. Certainly not article worthy. Give the girl a break.

787 days ago
24.

Smoto    

Happy Birthday Mikeeeeee!!!!!! miss you so so much,, and looking at this ...... girl ...... makes me realize that all of us ,the fans ,are so so right. pathetic who t f doesn't know the lirics to that song ..... luv you

787 days ago
25.

Jordan    

why is it so suprising that a Keroake singer butchers songs they don't know how to sing.

787 days ago
26.

LCS27    

That girl was boring as hell. Always on the bottom.

She has obnoxious fans, as you can see around here, but they just care about making noise on the internet, not buying her album, since it flopped bad with only 40k copies sold.

787 days ago
27.

OhWell    

Michale Who?

787 days ago
28.

Joey    

She is still better than the country singer that won and the fat little country singer that came in second

787 days ago
29.

Nosy and Concerned    

...it was painful to watch....Question: why not pick a song THAT YOU KNOOOOOW?!

787 days ago
30.

LCS27    

reading on the cell phone. that's the end of her career for sure, i mean, if she had a career before.

787 days ago
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