By Michael Slezak
Updated June 29, 2009 at 11:03 PM EDT

In the days since the sudden and shocking death of Michael Jackson, my inbox has rapidly filled up with emails announcing tributes to the King of Pop that were sweet, strange and (in a few cases) deeply cynical. But one that struck me as decidedly appropriate was Fox’s decision to present an encore presentation of American Idol‘s season 8 Top 13 performance show, during which contestants tackled selections from the Michael Jackson songbook. Watching the untested baker’s dozen tackle hits from Jackson’s decades-spanning career is a fascinating way to understand the depth of the man’s musical legacy. So if you get the chance, set your DVR and catch Kris Allen’s soulful, acoustic “Remember the Time,” Adam Lambert’s ferocious, politically charged “Black or White,” Alexis Grace’s searing “Dirty Diana,” Megan Joy’s jazzy “Rockin’ Robin” (sue me, I liked it!) and several other solid performances from the two-hour telecast. My favorite, not surprisingly, came from The Rocker, Allison Iraheta. Her electric take on the lesser-known “Give in to Me” is embedded below. Check it out, then share your favorite Michael Jackson covers (Idol and otherwise) in the comments section below!