Everyone associated with American Idol should be forced to view a tape of Saturday's "Nashville Star" which did "Pop Goes Country." It's a clinic on how to do a country/rock episode.
If anyone hasn't seen this little gem of a show on Saturday nights, it just kicks AI's butt to hog heaven -- there's a live backup band, virtually all the contestants play an instrument, and they are all singer-songwriters. Only Clay Aiken, Vanessa Olivarez and Kimberley Locke of AI2 could hope to be as good as the performers on this show.
Here's a list of the songs from "Pop Goes Country", with the person who performed it:
"We Belong" -- Pat Benatar performed by Amy Chappell
Earlier in the series, Amy did a country version of "Son Of A Preacher Man" which Julia DeMato ought to have watched.
"Some Kind of Wonderful" -- Grand Funk Railroad performed by John Arthur Martinez
This guy would never get past Simon Cowell because he so doesn't look like a singer -- but he is so talented.
"Please Come To Boston" -- Dave Loggins performed by Buddy Jewell
If Buddy ever sang a song on American Idol, the audience would demand that the AI contestants leave.
"Faithfully" -- Journey performed by Jamey Garner
I would love to send a tape of this performance to Corey Clark and Randy Jackson. Corey would quit the show.
"Everything I Do, I Do It For You" -- Bryan Adams performed by Brandi Gibson
The judges on NS don't like Brandi for doing this song -- but she can outsing every one of the AI2 females.
"Here I Go Again" -- Whitesnake performed by Brandon Silvera
How one transforms a hair band rock song into a country song. No one on AI2 can do that.
"I'd Really Love To See You Tonight" -- England Dan and John Ford Coley performed by Prentiss Varnon
Prentiss (eliminated tonight) -- his song was the least pop of the performances, but he was authentic country.
"Hurt So Good" -- John Mellencamp performed by Miranda Lambert
Imagine on of the AI2 people even attempting to do this song not as a country song.
And next week? All they have to do is perform a song that they wrote themselves. Let's see Ruben, Kimberly Caldwell, Carmen or Corey try that.