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American Idol birth year theme recap: Adam Lambert wows fans with 'Mad World'

Adam Lambert was unmatched on Tuesday's episode of "American Idol" -- his rendition of Tears for Fears' "Mad World" was the most vocally challenging, emotion-driven tune of the night.

The theme, songs from contestants' birth years, let some of the eight finalists redeem themselves after recent missteps. Matt Giraud and Anoop Desai got back in the game, earning praise from the four-judge panel.

Not everyone was as lucky. Lil Rounds and Scott MacIntyre continued to struggle. Again, they both were criticized for lacking uniqueness.

Who will go home? Share your thoughts on the Ledger's "Idol" blog. Results air 9 p.m. Wednesday.

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