Over the past few years we’ve been proponents of the BURN IT Book, a self-made creation of songs that should be forever thrown into a fire and never spoken of again. Our list includes Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” “I Am Telling You I Am Not Going” from Dreamgirls, and of course the eternal “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins.
We’ve wondered whether or not any singing shows ever instituted something similar, and according to an “American Idol” retrospective interview with Randy Jackson, they have. Here is what he had to say about one song in particular to Entertainment Weekly:
“Every season we banned songs. People were just killing Alicia Keys, they were killing Adele, they were killing Mariah [Carey]. People love and admire those songs, but sometimes they’re just so terrible it’s like, my God, come on, save yourself and save us. Save the world! But Alicia Keys’ “Fallin’.” Alicia, God bless you, baby, but man, I don’t know what was goin’ on with them and your song.”
Also, you can go ahead and add “If I Ain’t Got You” to this BURN IT Book, as well. Great song, but far too overdone. The good news is that “Hello” by Adele wasn’t out at the time the auditions were filmed, so you’ll be spared that at least until Hollywood Week of the final season … but we’re going to go ahead and guarantee that somebody is going to do it during the live shows. It’s too much voter-bait for it not to surface.
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