Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame night on American Idol meant no songs from Pocahontas or the dreaded Celine Dion catalog. Instead, contestants sang Elvis, Aretha, and in high-pitched rocker (and Hulk Hogan worshiper) James Durbin’s case, The Beatles.
Durbin picked “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” even though his mentors, producer Jimmy Iovine and the inescapable Will.i.am, warned him that he might be overshadowed by those singing more uptempo material. But Durbin stuck to his guns, and ended up making himself cry in the process. Awww! The judges applauded his risk-taking behavior, although it’s ironic that singing one of the most iconic, beloved Beatles songs of all time could be considered risky.
“I was really emotional because that song was for my family,” explained a homesick Durbin afterwords. Later, teenage country crooner Scotty McCreery rocked his way through “That’s All Right” like he was onstage at Robert’s Western World, and got mobbed by screaming girls directly after. The evolution of Scotty from “humble” to “cocky” continues.
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