Another One Bites the Dust on American Idol
The rewards and perils of attempting Freddie Mercury.
April 30, 2012 - 8:30 am
So last week, speaking in the context of singers with big voices, I warned never to cover Freddie Mercury unless you have the goods. The diabolical American Idol producers must have been thinking the same thing: last week was Queen Week. Each of the remaining six contestants had to cover one Queen song, and we got to find out who had the goods and who didn’t.
Had the Goods:
- Jessica Sanchez sounded great on the non-rocking half of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The rocking half, not so much. (It was a weird arrangement to start with. The scary Jessica face floating on the screen behind her didn’t help.)
- Skylar Laine slayed “The Show Must Go On”— if you can get over the twang on a song that didn’t call for twang. No, the show must not go owe-won.
- Joshua Ledet sang a crazy-good rendition of “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”
- Hollie Cavanagh did a passable job on “Save Me,” but perhaps there was something Freudian in her song choice.
And who failed to deliver?