John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ Performed on American Idol By Joshua Ledet
American Idol contestant Joshua Ledet showcased a good-roasted version of Etta James’ ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ earlier in the night like a Christmas chestnut, but is he John Lennon-good? The answer is… maybe.
His husky lisp lost some of its tenderness on a slightly syrupy ‘Imagine’ — a song that’s far bigger than he’ll ever be. It’s just not the sort of song anyone can “best” really. The best they can hope for is to sneak in new nuances, which he did with some well-placed Al Green-esque squeals, in between lyrics that Ledet politely doesn’t quite grasp the scope of. Did he have to throw in one of those big American Idol key changes (TM) to show off on the second verse? Probably not, but nevermind that.
Jennifer Lopez (who spends 78% of her life being surprised-like a goldfish passing the same castle all day) exclaimed, “Tt’s like you’re preaching while you’re singing!” Yeah, who’s heard of a preacher that sings? That would be craaaaazy, girl.
Joshua Ledet Sings John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ on American Idol