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Simon Cowell insulted us

Posted Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at 9:55 PM

"American Idol" judge Simon Cowell referred to contestant Kristy Lee Cook's countrified performance of The Beatles' "Eight Days a Week" on Tuesday night as similar to "a ghastly song sung at a country fair with a couple of banjos."

Well, there are quite a few songs sung at country fairs with a couple of banjos in this area. The banjo pickers are talented performers and their songs aren't ghastly.

So I don't guess we'll be seeing Simon at any of the many events in Bell Buckle or elsewhere in the area anytime soon. With that attitude -- which could be interpreted by some (at least by me, anyway) as smirky criticism of rural folks -- he probably won't be missed.

As far as Kristy Lee's performance, taking a Beatles song country didn't come off well to some, even judge Positive Paula. I'll admit "Eight Days a Week" isn't a country song, but then again some of today's "country" songs, as good as they are, are country only in their marketing. I thought she sounded okay but far from spectacular.

Wonder what the surviving Beatles would say, considering they've recorded songs by Buck Owens, Carl Perkins and Justin Tubb?

Some may remember a series of at least two CDs containing country versions of Beatles songs issued in the 1990s.

Google "Beatles country tribute" and check out the sound clips on "Come Together: America Salutes the Beatles." Some sound good, some not so great.

I'd say many of the slower Beatles songs convert well but faster material rocks too much. "Revolution" -- maybe my all-time favorite Beatles song -- just doesn't work without the distorted guitars.


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David,

I hate having words put into my mouth. That is exactly what you are doing to Simon Cowell. I heard said performance and it was horrible. It sounded frenetic. There was nothing about it that worked because it came across as unrehearsed and amateurish. Mr. Cowell's comment was warranted and sounded to me like an attempt to characterize the situation with what one would expect to hear from rank amateurs at an unrehearsed, amateur event. If you want to be upset with someone, perhaps it should be Ms. Cook. After all she is the one who made the song into a country spoof that was totally tasteless! In my opinion, it was she who mocked the south.

-- Posted by dmcg on Wed, Mar 12, 2008, at 5:41 AM

Simon Cowell insult someone?????!!!!!!!! Oh my, I can't imagine! That is why I love him. He is not so sugar coated like Paula who is scared to hurt people's feelings most of the time. He says what most people think. Even my favorite David Archuleta did bad last night. But Chekezie was AWESOME!! At least if we are insulted we are comfortable in front of our tv's watching it and complaining about it. It is surprising to me that he doesn't bring some people to tears.

-- Posted by titansfan on Wed, Mar 12, 2008, at 10:56 AM

NO Simon was not making fun of the SOUTH. Come on he was telling her what a bad job she did with the song. He tell's it like it is. When they sing country songs in the past he has had alot of good things to say about country music. I love Simon !!!

-- Posted by rebelrose on Wed, Mar 12, 2008, at 12:21 PM

NO Simon was not making fun of the SOUTH. Come on he was telling her what a bad job she did with the song. He tell's it like it is. When they sing country songs in the past he has had alot of good things to say about country music. I love Simon !!!

-- Posted by rebelrose on Wed, Mar 12, 2008, at 12:21 PM

oops I posted twice. Sorry

-- Posted by rebelrose on Wed, Mar 12, 2008, at 12:23 PM

Maybe I misinterpreted???

I'll give Simon credit for telling it like it is when it comes to the performers.

If I were on that stage I'd definitely be listening to his advice.

-- Posted by David Melson on Wed, Mar 12, 2008, at 12:25 PM

Just an FYI: Simon didn't insult me.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Wed, Mar 12, 2008, at 3:01 PM

I don't even watch it anymore. :(

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Wed, Mar 12, 2008, at 3:16 PM

Sarcastic Simon, Push-over Paula, Racist Randy(come on Dawg)----I'd trust Simon's opinion any day over the other two. He's the only honest one in the bunch. Paula loves everybody, she can't hear the difference from one voice to the next because she's acts like she's about 3 sheets in the wind. And Randy...we won't even go there.

-- Posted by time2relax on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 9:12 AM

time2relax,

I don't think Randy is racist, he loved Taylor Hicks and Carrie Underwood, and I do believe he was a big Clay Aiken supporter as well and as far as I know, they are all 3 white. But I have to agree with you about Paula, whatever she is on, she needs some help and quick like.

anyway, I just watch to see Ryan ;)

-- Posted by Disturbia on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 2:10 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.