Stefano Langone

Stefano tackled <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003535" title="Lionel Richie" href="/topic/entertainment/music/lionel-richie-PECLB003535.topic">Lionel Richie</a>'s "Hello" (he'd never heard the song before &#8212; why, why, why must "Idol" keep reminding us how old we are?), vowing to pull back a little, keep his eyes open and connect with the audience. None of which, alas, he did, turning in a schmaltzy performance. The judges congratulated Stefano on his pipes before letting him know that the connection was missing. "I don't want the intensity coming from you want[ing] to do well," Jennifer said in a rare moment of critique, noting that to reach the audience, the song "has to come from the heart."

( Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images / March 16, 2011 )

Stefano tackled Lionel Richie's "Hello" (he'd never heard the song before — why, why, why must "Idol" keep reminding us how old we are?), vowing to pull back a little, keep his eyes open and connect with the audience. None of which, alas, he did, turning in a schmaltzy performance. The judges congratulated Stefano on his pipes before letting him know that the connection was missing. "I don't want the intensity coming from you want[ing] to do well," Jennifer said in a rare moment of critique, noting that to reach the audience, the song "has to come from the heart."

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