Friday, June 21, 2024

“American Idol” Will Try To Bolster Ratings By Forcing Contestants to Sing Coldplay Songs Next Week


“American Idol” has found a new way to torture contestants: make them sing Coldplay songs.

Next Sunday, Coldplay’s Chris Martin will mentor the seven finalists, who will then each have to sing one of the band’s songs.

Coldplay’s hits, “Viva La Vida” and “Clocks,” are basically designed for the band and not for others to attempt. They’re fun but kind of droney, with strange lyrics. Also, “Viva La Vida” was the subject of a major plagiarism scandal.

Last night’s “Idol” scored 5.2 million viewers, a little down from two weeks ago but way up from last Sunday when the audience watched the Oscars.

On last night’s show the audience voted out three of the contestants including Alyssa, who I thought had potential to win. Instead, they allowed in some clunkers. We’ll see how this all shakes out. Alyssa is far better than Grace, who made the cut. Maybe one day she’ll be a big star and be a judge on “The Voice.”


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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