A contestant named Cam Amen auditioned on a recent episode of American Idol and picked a song that might be the best song ever written. It’s “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. Here’s the version from Cam…
A great song, right? In fact, and not to take away from Cam’s talent which appears to be very high, I think the song is touching, emotional, incredible… almost no matter who sings it. That’s how good of a song it is, just in its original, lyrical form from Leonard Cohen. Should Cam go through to Hollywood? Absolutely. However, a few other contestants they sent through (*ahem* one with a famous dad who played guitar for her during the audition) weren’t as deserving. I’m sure there are other factors in the judges decision about who gets the golden ticket (*ahem* that girl with a famous dad who played guitar for her during the audition), like for instance that Lionel Richie wants to maintain an acquaintance-type friendship with the famous dad who played guitar for his daughter during her audition and to NOT send her to Hollywood would’ve been super awkward for the daughter who’s famous dad played guitar for her during the audition. The dad is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame so OF COURSE his daughter has to make it through to Hollywood. Meanwhile, the judges who unanimously gave her a “yes” are thinking they can quietly send her home during the group stages while maintaining a working friendship with her famous dad who played guitar for her during the audition. Here’s Lionel’s reaction during her performance with a look that says it all.
“Nice” judges aside and not to mention I miss Simon Cowell, who would’ve sent her home without a golden ticket in spite of her Hall of Fame father, I’ll just leave you with the one “Hallelujah” performance that I can still remember where I was when I heard it the first time… (and also a list of my favorite “Hallelujah” performances here)
Take 5 minutes and listen to Jeff Buckley singing this great song…
-Out of the Wilderness
2 thoughts on “American Idol – Amen, Hallelujah, and an Awkward Audition”
You’re so right about Simon! And American Idol looks for types, (I think). They might need 3 bunny blondes from the Midwest, and 4 sad stories, 5 annoying characters, and let’s not forget the teeny boppers. They want contestants that EVERYONE can identify with.
After they’ve met their quota, it doesn’t matter how talented you are, – it’s a no for you.
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Very good point! With that in mind, I’m glad they sent Fire through. Not the best singer but if anyone needs a chance, it’s her.