January 28, 2009 at 12:00 PM EST

I know I’m a couple days late on this, but visiting the indispensable Rickey.org late last night, my heart skipped all kinds of beats to discover Fantasia covering “Lady Marmalade” at a UNCF tribute to Patti LaBelle. Around the 1:40 mark, ‘Tasia begins to tear into the song like a starved wolf into a perfectly cooked filet mignon — and I mean that in the best possible way. When she’s done, there’s nothing left but the realization that you’ve witnessed the kind of soul-searing greatness that never seems to happen in our polite, sound-bite-ready, auto-tuned times. I know, I know…a lot of you will accuse my favorite Idol of all time of doing nothing more than screaming like a banshee, but the look on Miss Patti’s face at the 3:40 mark (pictured) says it all: Quit tryin’ to act balky! Chair dancing and mild-to-moderate holleration will be required — even if you’re watching at work!

More on ‘American Idol’ graduates:
‘American Idol’: Where Are They Now?
‘American Idol’ fave Melinda Doolittle performs her new single in EW’s office!
David Cook on Idol’s heinous group numbers and a very cool tour collaboration!
Fantasia’s second act: The EW interview

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