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Lusk showed that all he needed to get by was a little modulation, a little soul and a little hug from Steven Tyler

Sep 18th 2019, 6:18 pm
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(CBS) There was a time when people really did buy everything that came out of Detroit. No, not dull jalopies, but the mesmerizing music of Motown.

For the "American Idol" hopefuls this was a chance to revive songs that time could not forget, but some of them didn't remember because they weren't alive at the time.

The question was, could any of them create a version that was anything other than just another performance of a famous song by someone who's not as good as the original? A few were able to make Motown come alive

Here are their efforts, in order of appearance:

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1. Casey Abrams put a little grease in his hair. He hoped, perhaps, it would add a little slickness to his performance of the Marvin Gaye classic "I Heard it Through the Grapevine."

Abrams tried to replace Gaye's arrant sexuality with some arrogant strutting. It was entertaining in its way, but somehow seemed forced, rather than forceful.

Steven Tyler took pride in Abrams' "crazy ass out-of-control ego," which was, perhaps, not the best praise to offer to someone with ulcerative colitis.

2. Thia Megia tried to un-ballad herself. The 16-year-old attempted "Heatwave" by Martha and the Vandellas, a V8 of a song that offers energy and muscle. Megia cooked up a pleasant enough replica. But, in truth, it moved the heart about as much as an Oldsmobile.



3. Jacob Lusk embraced Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell's "You're All I Need to Get By" as much as Clint Eastwood's Walt Kowalski embraced his Gran Torino or Eminem embraces certain words beginning with F (Ford not being one of them).

Lusk showed that all he needed to get by was a little modulation, 문경출장마사지 a little soul and a little hug from Steven Tyler. He even managed to find the time to adjust his white jacket, which had ridden up above his bottom.

The hug from Tyler came at the end of a soaring spectacle, when the Aerosmith front man walked onto the stage, uninvited, and took Lusk in his arms.

Tyler was followed by the whole of the front row of the audience. This was, without question, the performance of the night, almost any night in the 10 years of "American Idol."

4. Lauren Alaina was herself hanging on a couple of weeks ago. Her rendition of the Supremes' "You Keep Me Hanging On" may keep her in a suspended state. It was expertly sung, but it had all the feeling of a court reporter reading back the content of her stenograph.



5. For some strange reason, Stefano Langone went for Lionel Ritchie's "Hello." It's a song that requires a smooth, mature intimacy, which is not something Langone has demonstrated so far.

He began by sounding like Demis Roussos' nephew. He ended by almost changing genders. Though he sings powerfully, Langone is a little like Liam Neeson waking up in "Unknown" and having no idea who he really is.

A couple of years ago, eventual winner David Cook showed that you can take a song like this (in fact, exactly this song) and turn it into something original. The concept seemed all Greek to Langone.



6. Haley Reinhart wore shorts. But her performance seemed very long. Most of the notes were in the right place, but no one's Corn Flakes would be interrupted by memory of this performance, which as a far as I can remember featured a few growls and the words to Smokey Robinson's "You Really Got a Hold on Me."



7. Scotty McCreery, something of a lounge singer, was desperate not to come off as a lounge singer. He was brave enough to take on Stevie Wonder's "For Once in My Life," and was entirely successful in making it sound like a thousand other country songs.

For some, this would be marvelous. For others, it would be life with no parole. There were pauses in the music, during which McCreery wasn't sure what to do with his arms or his legs. So he resorted to some strange facial spasms that made one, well, wonder whether he'd been practicing in the mirror -the fun mirror at the county fair.

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