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Clive Davis on American Idol

Clive Davis on American Idol

ELLIOT // Journey – "Open Arms"
Clive Davis: "He really came through with the Elvis Presley material, probably the best of any of the other artists.  What Elliott has to be careful about is that sometimes he gets too hip for the room. Sometimes he tries to show, ‘I am different from the others,’ and he goes into cool jazz, or he will go into songs that America does not know."

KATHARINE // R. Kelly – "I Believe I Can Fly"
Clive Davis: "When we met and spent time together, I said, ‘You’ve got to reach down now. You’ve got to develop your own sound. When you turn the radio on and you hear Whitney Houston, or you hear Kelly Clarkson, you know when you hear those artists. You have to develop the Katharine McPhee voice. So when you are singing "I Believe I Can Fly," when it talks of everlasting arms, where it is talking of God, you’ve got to make the audience feel that.’"

TAYLOR // Bruce Springsteen – "Dancing in the Dark"
Clive Davis: "So I said, ‘Taylor, you have to understand that "Dancing in the Dark" is about one thing, it is about sex. It is about the restless anxiety,’" Clive recalls. "I took out the lyrics and I read them to him. This is about, I am bored in this town, I am bored with my life, I need some fire to light my spark. So yes, you can prowl and command the stage, but you’ve also got to understand the lyric of what you are singing, and you can’t do anything with artifice that doesn’t ring true."

This week on American Idol, each contestant will sing three songs — one selected by music mogul Clive Davis (listed above), one selected by Paula, Randy and Simon and one of his or her own choosing.  Taylor Hicks, Elliott Yamin, and Katharine McPhee duke it out tonight on American Idol @ 8PM ET/PT on FOX.  What do you think of Clive Davis‘s song choices?  Who will get the boot?? 

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showdown in the finals with Taylor taking
the cake.  Thoughts??????????????????
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  • Martha

    HHHAAA!! Is that an intentional bait-and-switch? Clive Owen, Clive Davis — hell, they’re almost the same, right?

  • j4r3d

    *so embarrassed*Thanks, Martha! (;

  • Gary

    Wish them all the best… Hope Kat will improve. Her performances were mediocre last week. Can’t wait to hear Elliot’s rendition of Open Arms. Taylor.. Soul Patrol… :)

  • Rachel

    all the way elliott :) looking cuter than ever.

  • Kelli

    GO ELLIOTT!!!!!

  • sucks

    bitch katherine stole the crown from Chris…..this show sucks now i’m not watching it anymore i hope it fails and gets cancelled forever

  • ED

    IT WAS YOUR NIGHT KAT! She sounded so great.

  • susan

    Love your blog. I was wondering if you can find the pictyres of Chris from the tv guide shoot? We will not be able to see them now that he is off. Please try to find them. Thanks!!!!!!

  • Solo

    TAYLOR…man i cant stand him… so so pushing away apearance…..for many the opposite tho…

  • tamera thompson

    i cant believe and intelligent man as you, failed to sign Elliott Yamin. He is extremely talented, humble and can sing the socks off the others..Hopefully someone soon will sign with Elliott, he is a true champion.