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“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.”


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