I'm still not sure which to feel worse about: that Simon Fuller had the two whitest singers on TV sing black-power classics in the American Idol finale, or that Annie's "Bubblegum" made a cameo in Glee. Let's start with the former.
Fuller's song choice for the final Idols came off as the worst kind of condescension -- one of those over-obvious, overly-symbolic gestures that entertainment moguls love to embrace, even if the net result is to desecrate that which ought to have been elevated. To wit: what the hell is Kris Allen doing singing Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On"?
To judge from the judges' comments, Fuller -- Idol's British creator, not to be confused with the other British Simon who sits at the table every week -- was trying to signify that he was down with, y'know, "change." By having Adam Lambert sing Sam Cook. This should have been a disaster, except that Lambert sang it like a black drag queen. Given that Lambert is gayer than a $2 bill,
There are no accidents in American Idol's repertoire. This is a competition where "song choice" is debated with the vigor reserved by Red Sox fans for debates over whether Grady Little shoulda pulled Pedro in the eighth back in '03. Idol's creator, Simon Fuller, gets to pick two songs per season: the penultimate tracks performed by the two finalists on the series' last performance show.