Guest mentor Jamie Foxx wanted these two besties to sing Diana Ross’ and Lionel Richie’s “Endless Love” on American Idol — thank goodness they didn’t listen to him!
Magic was made on the American Idol stage last night. Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze took the competition to a whole ‘nother level with their simply gorgeous take on Once’s Oscar-winning song, “Falling Slowly.”
Crystal, 24, called Lee, also 24, her “musical crush” May 11 — but this level of vocal harmonizing and passion made their friendship seem like a full-blown love affair. Perhaps Jamie Foxx was a better mentor than I originally thought: he taught the contestants to bring some drama to their performances, at least.
But although the 42-year-old Oscar winner clearly gave the Idol hopefuls some acting lessons, his song selection choice leaves a lot to be desired. He tried to have Crystal and Lee sing the Diana Ross and Lionel Richie duet “Endless Love.” Barf!
“Once is my favorite movie,” Crystal said during a chat in the American Idol green room post-show, “So I suggested it.”
Agreed Lee, “I liked it. It was new to me, and when Crystal suggested it, I loved it.”
He added that season 8 winner Kris Allen’s own magic moment to the same song last year didn’t affect him in the slightest. “If anything, it drove me to do [the song] more,” he said, adding, “We’re different artists.”
Different artists indeed – but I fell quickly for BOTH versions of this song. Kudos to you, Crystal and Lee — this was, hands down, my favorite Idol moment of the season!
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