amberriley glee sectionals 290 Battle of the 'American Idol': 'I'm Telling You ... You're Gonna Love Me'In “Glee’s” midseason finale, Amber Riley as Mercedes blew us away with her emotionally wrought rendition of “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going.” She was so good, she even won over Rachel (Lea Michele).

But wait a sec, we noticed something, a common thread.

Some of the most recent versions of this song have been done by “American Idol” hopefuls, Riley included (although she wasn’t chosen for the show). The torch song from “Dreamgirls” has been the go-to song for fledgling divas who want to display their vocal powers.

Check out the different “American Idol” contestants belting out “And I’m Telling You …”

Tamyra Gray

Although the “American Idol” voting audience slacked off on voting, allowing Tamyra to get booted from the competition earlier than expected, she did get a chance to leave this impression:

Jennifer Hudson

Who needs to win “American Idol”? Jennifer’s got an Oscar now for her supporting performance as Effie in “Dreamgirls.” Here’s the moving scene:

LaKisha Jones

The Season Six finalist auditioned with Aretha Franklin’s “Think” and “I’m Telling You.” Wow, LaKisha, that would have killed us! Check out her version of “I’m Telling You” once she became a finalist:

Amber Riley

Finally, this brings us back to “Glee” and Mercedes’ bid for the solo at the show choir sectionals. She made her point quite nicely:

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