Joshua chose for himself “Imagine” by John Lennon. Good but not great. Hard to beat his first performance coupled with her performance from last week while dominating the top-4. Actually, I think David Archuletta’s version was better.
And finally, his night ended with his covering Mary J. Blige’s “No More Drama” and Jimmy Iovine was all excited that he could “bring the church to the stage” and Joshua did, but for most of us, “the church” isn’t something we’re capable of appreciating. We like our “church” to sound and look like Usher …or Bruno Mars. I’m saying “church” but I’m really meaning R&B. There was a point in time where R&B was fairly mainstream with cats like Bobby Brown, New Edition, Whitney Houston, and Michael Jackson making mega hits. Before that, Al Jareau and Anita Baker found their way onto Top 40 radio. But nowadays, it doesn’t work like that. And singing straight up “church”, or R&B, will make it difficult for him to be mainstream. In the same way if you don’t like Country music and don’t listen to Country radio stations and you don’t watch CMT or the CMA (Country Music Awards), for all you know, Scotty McCreery won Idol last year and then was abducted by aliens. Luckily for Scotty, Country is huge and Country is everywhere, so even if a middle-aged white guy like myself doesn’t see or hear you, you’ll still do fine. You don’t have to be Garth Brooks to have a long, successful career in Country music.