Things were going pretty well on last night's American Idol until Paula made Syesha break down in tears.
Wow, I never thought that could happen. Being deeply touched by something waffle-headed Paula said? That's like being inspired by something our illustrious president improvised. Just doesn't seem possible.
But at that point the wheels fell off the show. Everyone started cross-talking. Ryan called for tissues. And everyone tried to make Randy feel bad, although his comments to Syesha had made perfect sense.
Look "A Change is Gonna Come" is one of the most splendid songs in the pop canon. But it requires a simple and sure touch. And over-the-top Syesha didn't do it justice. Which is not to say she didn't sing well. Her treatment just wasn't suitable to the material. It's a song that demands feeling, not power.