Occasionally American Idol transcends the Starz In Their Eyes-style horror and provides a moment that shuts me down. This week Irishwoman Carly Smithson chose one of my favorite Beatles songs, Blackbird, and she sang it right from the soul. It was sublime. Typically, Simon didn't get it because it wasn't Westlife or Leona pap. Carly explained why she chose the song afterward (watch here), but it doesn't take a genius to understand the emotional impact of that lyric on anyone. Simon tries so hard to manipulate the votes to what he wants - a cash cow singer. Whatever.
Remember too, when people trash Paul McCartney for being too la-dee-da, they forget that he, not John, wrote Blackbird. The original is on The White Album and has been covered hundreds of times. You can buy this version on American iTunes now.