POLL: Should Idol‘s Piano Men Play On?

POLL: Should Idol‘s Piano Men Play On?
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03/18/2009 AT 12:00 AM EDT

After Scott MacIntyre performed Martina McBride's "Wild Angels" on Tuesday's Idol, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell got into a bit of an argument over whether or not the contestant, who is blind, should continue to play the piano.

"The piano may be a bit of a crutch now," Paula said, "and that separates you from the audience. ... I want you to mix it up a little bit."

Simon disagreed, calling Paula's comment a "stupid thing to say."

"Elton John always used to sit behind the piano," he added. "Nothing wrong with that."



Later in the night, Matt Giraud performed Carrie Underwood's "So Small," also at the piano for the second week in a row. But no comments on his piano playing habits. Paula simply complimented his "authenticity" and Simon said he was "terrific -- one of the best of the night."

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