April 11, 2006

Even if you think you hate "American Idol"....

You really ought to watch tonight. The kids are going to attempt the music of Queen.

UPDATE: Link fixed. (Sorry.)

29 comments:

Dean Esmay said...

I'll bet they do a good job, too.

Too Many Jims said...

For our sake and theirs, I hope none try "Bohemian Rhapsody".

P.S. Is it just me or does the link lead to a trailer for a Robin Williams movie? Or is this a reference to AI or to Queen that I am not getting?

tiggeril said...

I'm cringing already.

Dave said...

That would be a reason not to watch, Freddy Mercury being too sophisticated a lyricist and singer for any child.

See the disaster that was Elton John night in some previous season, etc., etc.

MadisonMan said...

Ann, I think I'll watch. (At least they won't be singing Winchester Cathedral) Queen has some nice singable songs (You're my best friend comes to mind). AI certainly has potential howlingly funny written all over it tonight.

Jennifer said...

Ann: I think the link goes to the trailer you mention in the last post. Is that intentional?

Jennifer said...

Oh, Jim, I see you've already pointed that out. Maybe it's a reference neither of us get!

I've heard that Kellie (of all people) will be singing Bohemian Rhapsody. If true, I wouldn't miss that for anything!

Ron said...

cheese grater to nether regions or Queen on American Idol?

Tough call!

Jennifer said...

Here's the list of who is singing what (supposedly).

Ann Althouse said...

Sorry about the wrong link. I've fixed it now. And thanks for trying to find a way to interpret it as not a mistake!

The cool thing about this theme is that some singers will be bad in a very funny way and there's random potential for singers to do really well.

Last year, Constantine did "Bohemian Rhapsody," which seemed as though it would be a disaster, but it was really cool. I loved that.

Renee said...

In US Today Kellie is going to sing "Bohemian Rhapsody". Country Version.

chuck b. said...

This is the most fabulous thing I've heard in weeks. Perfect opportunity to throw an evening coctail party! Thanks for the tip!

Ann Althouse said...

Fortunately, I don't have a conflicting dinner & lecture interfering with tonight's great pleasure! Everything is for the best.

knoxgirl said...

This promises to be something like we've

never

seen

before.

My mind--and ears!--are already reeling!!!

>>>>maniacal, mental patient laughter<<<<<

Michael Farris said...

Yikes, this sounds like a train wreck looking for a place to derail.

I can't imagine that AmIdol contestants have the kind of experience or style it takes to really carry this material off. Whatever else he was (not a nice human being) Freddie Mercury was quirky and original and smart and witty and I just don't think any group of AmIdol kids can compare.

_And_ they're not even including my two favorite Queen songs, Killer Queen (probably for the best that they're leaving that one be) and I Want to Break Free, as Idol-friendly a song as they ever did.

I'm almost sorry I don't live in the US, this sounds like self-mortification in its purest form.

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knoxgirl said...

sorry I'm getting carried away in my anticipation

MadisonMan said...

I'm sure a podcast of the AI singers singing Queen will be available soon. I'd forgotten about Killer Queen...great song!

BTW -- is it just me or does the picture of Frist with an ipod in Ann's ads look remarkably fake -- like the ipod was pasted on?

Jennifer said...

knoxgirl: I actually caught your comment before you deleted. It made me giggle anyhow. Reminded me of my grandma's subtle the-Japanese-are-the-superior-Asian-race comments. Except yours was intentionally funny.

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Jennifer said...

Argh! Why do my links show up perfectly in preview and then screw up once published? And why only sometimes?

Anyhow, MadisonMan: I just discovered this guy's site last week. http://www.rickey.org/ He has the mp3s of the performances up pretty quickly and the videos within a few days.

knoxgirl said...

jennifer: hehe, I was afraid I was askin' for trouble on that one and so deleted... but thanks!

... also, great link! now I can waste *more* time with my co-workers on Wednesdays over-analyzing the performances : P

HaloJonesFan said...

Hmph. "Who Wants To Live Forever"? Gack. It's hardly even singing! It's basically just chanting "Who waaaaaants, to liiiiive, forevaaaaaaaaa..." over and over again.

"Somebody To Love", okay, that's good. Same with "Fat Bottomed Girls".

I see they couldn't quite bring themselves to forbid "Bohemian Rhapsody". I bet there was blood spilled over who got to sing it, though!

Rusty said...

Just curious as to why they chose Queen tonight. While I was on iTunes this afternoon, I found out that the current incarnation of Queen with Paul Rogers hit the street today.

Jennifer said...

There's your answer! American Idol is nothing if not a highly effective product placement vehicle.

Joe Hogan said...

I think that watching Idol tonight will be like watching a traffic accident. There is no way most of these kids are up to it.

While viewing last Sunday's episode of the Sopranos, I was struck by the quality of the young woman singing with the band playing for the wedding scenes. She was at least the equal of most of the remailning Idol contestants. It reminded me of Simon Cowell's frequent allusions to the "wedding singer" ordinariness of the contestants. Right, as usual, Mr. Cowell.

John Jenkins said...

At least no one picked Princes of the Universe (and House isn't being pre-empted).

I'm surprised no one picked A Kind of Magic, either. Maybe Paul Rogers will make an appearance (has anyone ever done a Free/Bad Company/The Firm song on the show?)

(ybfgjawm: they just keep getting longer)

Hecla Ma said...

Elliot - "You're my best friend." Nothing else will do.

That grey haired guy will undoubtedly do "Crazy little thing called love..."

I can't imagine what Chris will do.