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Chris Daughtry Goes Gaga!

Lyndsey Parker
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American Idol's Chris Daughtry is a scruffy, soul-patched, denim-clad, boy-next-door type who traffics in heartland-friendly, somewhat Nickelbackian arena rock. Lady Gaga is an artsy, avant-garde, Brooklynite electro-goddess with a penchant for neon leotards, zippered eyepatches, hairbows fashioned out of actual hair, and divalicious dance-a-teria beats.

Nope, it doesn't seem like these two would have anything in common, musically or culturally. It's pretty difficult to imagine Chris Daughtry ever uttering the line "I wanna take a ride on your disco stick," for instance, or Lady Gaga ever covering a Fuel tune.

But the bottom line is, a good song is a good song is a good song. And there's no denying that Gaga's "Poker Face" is a great song. Even Chris can't deny it. So recently when he performed acoustic and solo on a German radio station, he put on his best poker face and played this dead-serious, surprisingly solid version of Lady Gaga's big crossover pop hit:

Wow!

While it's doubtful that Chris will be working with Gaga's producer RedOne any time soon (as fellow Idol rocker Adam Lambert is currently doing), I must commend Chris for--as Simon Cowell or Paula Abdul might say--making this song his own.

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