By Tanner Stransky
Updated March 17, 2010 at 02:29 PM EDT

Last week, after being cast off American Idol, contestant Alex Lambert told EW’s Archana Ram that he hadn’t intended to sing “Trouble” — the song that ultimately led to his ouster — on Top 16 week. No, instead he had hoped to sing Mario’s sweet love song “Let Me Love You,” but he’d changed his mind after a producer told him he’d get more votes if he sang “Trouble.” Guess said producer was wrong. But on yesterday’s episode of The Ellen Show we got a bittersweet taste of “What if…” as Lambert pulled out his guitar and sang “Let Me Love You.”

Nice, right? I don’t think there’s any doubt that Alex Lambert’s exit was much too soon, but this makes it that much worse. Just seeing bit of what else he could have done on stage (even if it is all sort of exactly the same vibe) puts a more salt in the already salty wound that is American Idol season 9.

Do you agree, PopWatchers? Are you impressed with Alex’s “Let Me Love You”? Taking last night’s on-the-upswing performances into account, do you think America made the right decision letting Alex go last week? Would “Let Me Love You” have saved Alex?

Tanner on Twitter: @EWTanStransky

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