30 Icons American Idol Would Reject

I’ve brought this subject up on the old blog. I don’t think a lot of classic talents would make it on American Idol, though they do seem to be willing to try some different types. Ultimately, they go for a safe style. And these major artists do not fall in that category.

Especially Satchmo, though he really became famous for his trumpet playing. The singing was later.

But I don’t think Ella Fitzgerald or Dinah Washington would cut it despite being two of the great standards singers of all time. Just because they weren’t slim and pretty enough.

Then again, Fantasia won a season.

This is not a statement on the talent, but on the way the music business sees people today. They promote people byu their look more than their talent a lot of the time. Tom Waits is neither handsome or has a good singing voice, but he is an amazing song writer.

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  1. I’m not sure Janis Joplin should be on the reject list.

    Satchmo singing “What a Wonderful World” is my favorite song of all time. I love that gravelly voice singing such a tender song. He smiles with his whole face.

  2. What I mean by this article is that American Idol judges would probably turn away most of teh people on this list because they’re not “commercial” enough by today’s standards. which is a sad statement on the music industry today since most these people are some of the top artists of their times

  3. Sad but true. It doesn’t matter how talented you are, if you don’t look “right”, you’re not going through on AI.

    Still, I don’t think Simon would have put Bob Dylan through, even if he was gorgeous. I just don’t think that guy can sing! Being relevant is what made Dylan popular.

  4. I think that’s why Scott McIntyre didn’t stand a chance, even though he could sing. I don’t think his singing was all that great, but I don’t think a blind guy would make it through to the end unless they were Ray Charles or Stevie Wonder good.

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