April 15, 2009 at 07:42 PM EDT

During last night’s American Idol, we heard our final seven perform plenty of ho-hum tunes from the likes of Bryan Adams, Bette Midler and Steppenwolf for Songs from the Movies night. (Really, Adam? You couldn’t do my personal choice for you, Alanis Morissette’s “Uninvited”? Really?) Thankfully, season 8’s doe-eyed underdog delivered the goods with “Falling Slowly,” a beautiful song from indie darling Once that, might I add, is not at all “obscure,” thankyouverymuch Kara. It won an Oscar.

And though Randy didn’t have kind words for Kris, audiences seemed to be impressed by the performance: The film and lyrics to the song were popular search terms on Google this morning. Can we expect Kris’ unique song choice to boost sales and rentals of the film? I certainly hope so — it would be nice to see Idol promote a quality film and album for once, rather than just the latest pop song that’s already No. 1 on the charts. (The film’s album is already charting at No. 26 on iTunes’ top album downloads list.)

Will you buy the Once album following Kris’ performance? The film?

More ‘Once’ and ‘American Idol’:
Owen Gleiberman reviews Once
Once makes EW’s list of the 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time
Michael Slezak recaps American Idol
Adam B. Vary on the scene at last night’s American Idol

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