Friday, April 19, 2024

Pop: American Idol Contestant Brings Judges to Tears and Gives James Blunt His First Hit In 13 Years


It’s been 19 years since James Blunt hit it big with his song, “You’re Beautiful.” That was 2004. He’s struggled since then to find a hit record. “You’re Beautiful” haunted him.

Well, Blunt gets the last laugh. Sunday night on American Idol contestant Ian Tongi sang an unknown Blunt song called “Monsters” on the show. The performance was so moving all the judges started crying.

That’s not all — now Blunt’s “Monsters” is number 2 on iTunes. To be Blunt, James is back. It only took a totally unknown 18 year old and a fluke. (I think it’s a fluke, unless Blunt’s publisher pitched the song. But Tongi tells a story similar to Blunt’s, of a dying father.)

It’s been 13 years since Blunt had a single in the top 100. “You’re Beautiful” was really his only hit.

As for the show: Not since “Cat’s in the Cradle” have grown men wept openly.

PS I met Blunt years ago in LA at the original Soho House with Petra Nemcova. He was a lovely guy. Bravo to him!

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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