Judging 'American Idol' judges
Wednesday night, Kree Harrison and Candace Glover will square off to see who will be crowned American Idol for the 2013 season. If past is prologue, the judges will fall over each other to praise their performances; no one, after all, wants to ruin future album sales of the eventual winner.
But how would current and past judges do on the “Idol” stage? Here, with (pretend) added commentary from departing judge Randy Jackson, is what we might see if those behind the tables had to grab the microphone instead:
“Idol” judges have always been in love with vocal runs, and there may be no active singer more adept at them than Mimi.
Final verdict: “In it to win it, baby!”
The Young Money emcee would have to depend on her singing, rather than her rapping, in the competition. That’s a problem; for a singer, she’s a pretty good rapper.
Final verdict: “It’s a little pitchy, dawg.”
The country star fills the “hunky Southern singer” role that has given “Idol” four of its last five winners in one form or another. Unlike nearly any of them, though, Urban can sell a record or two.
Final verdict: “I like you, dude. You’re definitely in the dawg pound.”
J.Lo’s singing has never been her selling point. Like many of the show’s contestants, she’s the type who would likely do well when picking material from her comfort zone, but struggle on certain “theme” nights.
Final verdict: “You were right where you were supposed to be, singing the right song.”
For all of his lecherous incoherence offstage (and behind a judges table), Tyler still has some chops as a performer. There’s a reason that Aerosmith still sells out arenas.
Final verdict: (Paula Abdul says something unintelligible)
The season finale of “American Idol” airs Wednesday night at 8 on Fox/5.