Remember John Stevens, the red-headed crooner from Season 3 of American Idol? The kid whose badly off-key renditions of ”Crocodile Rock” and ”Mandy” drew some pretty brutal critiques from Simon Cowell?

Whaddya know, Stevens has got a new major-label album, Red, coming out next week, and his live act is getting some love, well, at least like, from The New York Times and Variety. The former said of Stevens’ recent cabaret performance in New York City that he ”has a pleasant, mild delivery and sings on pitch,” while the latter noted he ”sings with good intent and a great deal of confidence.”

Somewhere, our girl Jennifer Hudson is sobbing uncontrollably.

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