The Michael Jackson hit song, “Man in the Mirror” has been sung again and again on the American Idol stage, the latest of which came from Season 10 contestant, Jacob Lusk, who for me, peaked during the first week when he sang “House is not a Home” and has yet to outperform that one ever since.
Another distinct performance comes from Kris Allen during top 36, the song that got him through to top 12. It was the song that made me remember his name and face for the very first time and marked the start of his great journey of growth throughout AI season 8 until finally winning the whole thing.
And as if that weren’t enough, back in season 9, Man in the Mirror was one of the songs you can sing during Hollywood week. Needless to say, several sang this Jackson tune, enough to subconsciously compel me to look in front of bathroom mirrors more frequently. One of them was Jermaine Sellers who let out his Diva attitude a few weeks too early, stating the band screwed up:
I also distinctly remember Thaddeus Johnson’s slower rendition, who didn’t quite make it through the big stage at American Idol:
And still others like Joe Munoz, who didn’t quite make it his own:
Which AI idol sang it the best for you?