Danny Noriega's Final Performance on 'Idol'

American Idol has had its fair share of controversial contestants — Sanjaya Malakar certainly comes to mind! — but this season, Danny Noriega inspired more fans and more, uh, non-fans than any other guy in this season’s top 24. As the final contestant eliminated Thursday (it came down to him and Chikezie in the end), Noriega didn’t have time to say much of anything (his pal Ramiele Malubay‘s crying said it all), but he did take to the stage one last time to sing “Tainted Love” as his American Idol swan song. Here’s a clip of the guy Ryan Seacrest called “courageous” and had Paula Abdul out of her seat dancing through her tears.

Tell us: Will you miss Danny on Idol?

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