Your Take: Idol Hands
American Idol, Season Without Simon Cowell kicked off this week with the final 24 contestants hitting the stage in front of returning judge Randy Jackson and newcomers Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.
Country music and American Idol have an interesting history together, with high(ish) highs (Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler and the Randy Travis mentor session) and low lows ([insert name here]‘s last gasp play for country radio). In fact, just last week Brody included a link in the Feb. 24 News Roundup to an interview with former contestant and country music hopeful Crystal Bowersox.
Many contestants have come onto the show with country leanings, but rarely do full-on country contestants make the top finalists or progress far into the competition. This season, however, North Carolina native Scotty McCreery has used his Josh Turner sound-a-like pipes to woo the judges all the way to the big stage. A traditional country singer along the lines of current stars Chris Young and Easton Corbin, McCreery performed John Michael Montgomery’s “Letters From Home” on Wednesday’s show:
Note: Adjust the sound on the clip below with the volume controls in the lower right-hand corner.
Give us your take: Do you think McCreery’s traditional sound can carry him through American Idol? Do you think he has potential in the country music industry? From a broader perspective, what impact do you think reality singing competitions have had on country music and its artists?
- bob: Thanks Barry. Just reserved the Adam Gussow book. Sounds interesting.
- Arlene: Another song sung by Ethel Waters: Irving Berlin's "Supper Time"
- Ron: Sky Above, Mud Below by Tom Russell is another.
- Jack Williams: Another Othis Taylor song from White African is "My Soul's in Louisiana."