Originally Posted by Veruka;2945957;Since AI insists on having the contestants always sing covers and the judges tend to put down their "song choice" if they do a song a lot of the audience won't recognize, it makes sense they'd focus on song catalogues that offer a better chance of choosing a "standard" or "classic" that will be familiar to the whole audience -- not just those who listen to contemporary R&B or Pop or Urban or country radio. First, it can be a no-win situation to cover a current or recent radio hit. You're not likely to top the original artist. If you did, that artist wouldn't be happy about it, so it's probably harder (and no doubt a lot more expensive) to get permission to use newer material. And if you changed up a recent hit like Lily Allen's "Smile," you'd probably fall flat on your face just because hers is still popular and yours didn't have time to grow on people before they voted.Originally Posted by Blues Songstres
Even young karaoke enthusiasts love to sing Patsy Cline's version of "Crazy" and Aretha's "Respect" and other classics from 3 to 5 decades ago. For one thing, the oldies that people still know are there because they were good, at least by some criteria. A lot of hits are forgotten within a few years, and that's as true in the 2000s as it was in any other era.
Seems to me that most of the time when Idol contestants have chosen to cover recent hits, they haven't impressed the judges or the voters all that much. That doesn't surprise me.