Here’s the problem with having former contestants, especially winners, come back to perform on “American Idol,” especially this early in the game: All it does is magnify how far the current crop has yet to go.

Case in point, David Cook‘s rendition of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” on Wednesday night’s results show.

While the Rolling Stones proved problematic for many of the Top 12 — especially Lacey Brown‘s sorry “Ruby Tuesday,” which had her saying “good-bye” — Season 7 winner Cook pulled it off effortlessly … and got to give a way-early plug for the new album he’s been writing. Win. Win.

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Brill Bundy has spent her entire career covering TV and pop culture. This is what happens when your parents try and limit your viewing habits to three shows a week. Likes: seasons with no more than 13 episodes, anti-heroes and binge-watching. Dislikes: when cartoon characters make out, when TV shows name check their titles, drawn out premieres and finales. TV words to live by: "If every porkchop was perfect, we wouldn't have hot dogs."