'American Idol’ Queen Theme Week: 5 Memorable ‘Idol’ Queen Covers

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The powers that be over at "American Idol" really like to mess with the contestants. How else to explain this week's super difficult Queen theme?

The songs by the legendary British rock band are notoriously challenging to sing. Joshua Ledet singing "We Will Rock You?" Hard to picture. Hollie Cavanagh tackling "Fat Bottomed Girls?" Nada.

Still, Queen songs have been performed on the show in the past -- and well. And one "Idol" veteran even has an interesting link to the iconic band.

Here's a look back at five memorable "Idol" Queen performances:

Chris Daughtry- "Innuendo" (Season 5)

Back in Season 5, Queen bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor turned up to mentor the contestants for that season's Queen week. Top 8 contestant Chris Daughtry opted for an obscure, never-performed-live 1991 song, "Innuendo." Good choice, since viewers had nothing to compare it to. The hard rocking song sounded like a Daughtry original, with judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson giving the rocker major kudos. Simon Cowell wasn't as big of a fan -- he called the performance "indulgent."

Michael Johns- "We Will Rock You/ We Are the Champions" (Season 7)

In Season 7, Michael Johns rocked the house with his Queen cover, prompting Randy Jackson to declare that it was his best performance on the show. Paula Abdul told the Australian singer, "You've finally found your right song," and said it was his "shining moment." But it was Simon Cowell who put the icing on the cake. He told Johns, "This is the first time with you I saw star potential."

Katherine McPhee- "Who Wants to Live Forever" (Season 5)

Season 5 runner up Katherine McPhee didn't know much about Queen songs, but she found what she thought was her perfect song with the ballad "Who Wants To Live Forever." Simon called it "almost a moment," then added it was one of the best performances of the night, although McPhee later said she was a little disappointed in her vocals.

Kellie Pickler- "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Season 5)

Season 5 contestant Kellie Pickler said, " I love rock music and Queen's my favorite rock group, but I can't sing their music. You know, I sound like crap trying to do their stuff." But she dared to conquer what could arguably be the band's most difficult song. The judges were psyched for Pickler's performance of Queen's 1975 classic, although this was an either love it or hate it moment for viewers.

Adam Lambert and Kris Allen- "We Are the Champions" (Season 8)

And finally, in Season 8, Adam Lambert started out his "Idol" journey with a Queen song (he performed "Bohemian Rhapsody" sans makeup and music), and he closed his season out with the band, too -- literally. Lambert and Kris Allen -- Season 8's Top 2 finalists -- joined Queen for a rousing rendition of "We Are the Champions." Turns out both guys -- and the band -- were winners. Meanwhile, Lambert isn't quite finished with singing Queen songs. According to PR Newswire, the glam rocker will front the band for select shows in the UK this summer.

"American Idol" airs on Wednesday and Thursday night at 8/7c on FOX.

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