I was a religious viewer of American Idol in its heyday. I voted and voted and voted for Clay Aiken from my landline. I guess it didn’t work. But I really enjoyed the show. This was before fifteen other shows imitated the same format and claimed to be different. But then once it became clear that only a few rare “American Idols” actually became American idols (i.e., Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood), and once bland white guys started to have a lock on first place, I got sick of it and stopped watching. I still tune in every once in a while to update myself on who exactly is judging this time around (Remember when Ellen was on the panel?!) and to see if anyone’s worth rooting for.
After watching Candice Glover’s tour de force performance of Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” from last night’s top four show, I’m starting to have hope that the show could get back to its roots and actually make a unique and incredibly talented artist a star. Which is why this is a really bad time for the show’s ratings to be at an all-time low for Wednesday nights.
Wouldn’t it be tragically ironic if American Idol started to get its groove back, content-wise, and then get canceled? Usually I wouldn’t object to the show getting canceled to free up a few hours in the schedule for some more original programming. But I like what I’m hearing from Candice, and I’d like to see more stuff like this, so it’s a reason to keep the show on the air. It might be the only reason to keep the show on the air.
You can watch Candice’s performance below. Be prepared to have your socks knocked off. It gave me goosebumps just listening to it on my computer. I always admire performers who take songs that weren’t necessarily written for their demographic (in this case, a song from a man’s perspective) and put their own spin on it. And I’m not the only one who thinks so, since she received a standing ovation. It was so good it prompted Randy Jackson to use words other than “man” and “dawg”:
“You can sing anything,” Randy Jackson told Glover. “This girl right here, that’s how you sing a song. Congratulations, that was amazing!”
If you’d like to compare Candice’s performance with Bruno Mars’ original, here’s the official video.