Lilly Scott: "Idol's" manic-pixie dream girl?

The ex-busker brings a quirky indie-rock charm to the talent show known for Top 40 divadom

Published February 24, 2010 1:12PM (EST)

I sure hope the country is ready for Lilly Scott, the offbeat nerd girl who rocked "American Idol" Tuesday night. The 20-year-old former street musician has white-blond hair, razor-cut bangs and a mesmerizingly awkward stage presence. Let's just say, she's no Carrie Underwood, and thank god for that. Guitar in hand, she wowed the judges with a jazzy, soulful rendition of the Beatles' "Fixing a Hole." She's a heady mash-up of Feist, Lilly Allen and Zooey Deschanel, and she has all the peculiar intrigue of Adam Lambert.

Isn't it about time America fell in love with an unconventional, quirky songstress? As she told USA Today, "I can revolutionize the mainstream and change it up for everybody. I think people need something else to listen to besides Miley Cyrus or Britney Spears." You can listen to a snippet of her "something else" below. (She performs fourth in the montage.)

By Tracy Clark-Flory

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