Songs From Lennon/McCartney Catalog Return to “American Idol”

April 7th, 2010 by Caryn Ganz Leave a reply »

American Idol and the Beatles don’t mix very well (what could go wrong with a bunch of amateur singers tackling some of the greatest songs of all time?). Two years ago, the show devoted two weeks to songs from the Lennon/McCartney catalog, with mostly dull results. At the good end of the spectrum, David Cook impressed with rocked-out versions of “Eleanor Rigby” and “Day Tripper,” David Archuleta sang a velvety “The Long and Winding Road,” Brooke White did a touching “Let It Be” and Chikezie broke out a creative take on “She’s a Woman.” And then there was everyone else.

Last night’s episode lacked an innovative, stand-out performance, but it did feature a few words of encouragement from Sir Paul, who’s currently showing everyone how it’s done on an incredible solo tour: “I just want to say get out there, go for it, enjoy yourselves!” Everyone did get out there — even a didgeridoo player and bagpiper hit the stage. Here’s how it turned out:

Ones to Watch:

• Casey James admitted he got choked up during his performance of “Jealous Guy” when he focused on … being a jealous guy. Easy to see why Kara DioGuardi said he showed “depth.” But seriously, Simon nailed it when he called his tune “the best performance of the night so far.”


• Aaron Kelly’s boring “The Long and Winding Road” led me on a short and direct journey to my remote to see what was happening on The Biggest Loser.

• Katie Stevens’ straightforward “Let It Be” had the judges gushing and Simon hallucinating (he claimed credit for leading her in a “more country” direction. Was that country “England”?).

• Andrew Garcia’s “Can’t Buy Me Love” was so loungy, Simon didn’t bother comparing him to a wedding...

Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily


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