Coldplay on American Idol

On last night’s American Idol results show, Coldplay came through to play a couple of songs and to further extend the agony for the kids who were facing elimination. They did “Paradise” and “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall.” Chris Martin sat to play piano on “Paradise,” but on the latter song, he got a chance to further prove that he is the worst dancer in music today. Real talk: Thom Yorke is James Brown next to this guy. Watch both performances below.

Always fun to see confetti-cannons get a workout on network TV.

Comments (11)
  1. Michael_  |   Posted on May 4th, 2012 +2

    American Idol really sets a great example for their contestants as to how great their vocal abilities need to be in order to succeed by inviting Coldplay and Lana Del Rey onto their show to perform.

    • Or Jennifer Lopez to judge! It’s weird. That show is THIS CLOSE to admitting that the vocal calisthenics it prioritizes don’t actually matter in the rest of the world.

      • Wait a minute. Having superior vocals aren’t what separate iconic performers from lesser ones and American Idol is right for looking beyond “the voice” for its champions. Rarely has that ever been the case in popular American music.

        Coldplay’s great strength is that no matter where they are, whether that be Jimmy Kimmel or American Idol or Glastonbury or Saitama Super Arena, they give every performance the energy their audiences deserve. That is absolutely an example worth following.

        • Michael_  |   Posted on May 4th, 2012 +1

          Nothing taken away from Coldplay’s formula for success, but that’s why Simon Cowell created X-Factor. In that venue, a band like Coldplay performing on the show works because the competition is beyond just the voice and also takes into account performance ability and image as well. American Idol is billed solely as a “singing” competition. Contestants audition in a small room without an audience or the ability to dance in front of 3 “judges” and just have their voices at their disposal to prove why they should continue onto the main stage, so that’s why I think — as Jennifer Lopez would exclaim — “it’s crazy!” that they’d hold their contestants to high vocal standards when not even the superstar guest performers can hit the same notes live.

          • I don’t know if I’d agree with that. Idol has always been about finding people with “the package”. They even brought in Tommy Hilfiger this season as the “style consultant”. They’re grooming entertainers, not technical vocalists. I think the sparseness of the audition room is more about creating the illusion of going from rags-to-riches.

          • Michael_  |   Posted on May 4th, 2012 +4

            You have a very short-term memory, then. American Idol hasn’t “always” been about “the package.” In fact the first several seasons (all the way up to Seaon 7 to be exact: http://voices.yahoo.com/allowing-american-idol-contestants-play-instruments-1450871.html), contestants weren’t even allowed to play their own instruments up on stage because the competition was solely focused on who had the best singing voice worthy of getting a recording contract, launching pristine radio singles and getting massive airplay. The concern for who could go out and tour / sell an image wasn’t there until other talent competitions had risen up and added their own modern industry touches that made it about who could be the next Lady Gaga more so than which down-and-out southern belle waitress could belt out a ballad like Kelly Clarkson.

            Basically, my point is this: American Idol can’t say their show was always about finding the total package, because it wasn’t and a ton of other shitty music reality competitions geared toward my parents figured this out before them. Now they’re just playing catch up, but I personally think it’s hypocrisy. They’re obviously succeeding because they obviously have you fooled and I think that’s merely because they’re the brand name in music reality competitions.

            At the end of the day, I don’t care what the show does unless some contestant serves me a song as good as “Since U Been Gone,” but other than that, here’s hoping the gay black kid with the voice like Antony Hegarty walks away with the win.

    • i actually didn’t think chris martin was that bad last night

  2. I have a stout opinion about the billionth season of a show watched by aging parents whose children left for college!!!!11

    NCIS on Tuesday, American Idol on Wednesday, and I don’t understand the appeal of Community or Parks and Recreation! Let’s go to the grocery store and rent a romantic comedy!!!

  3. Not to keep this conversation of American Idol going but, Michael, why would NBC create a show called “The Voice”, with its premise beginning with blind auditions and judging talent strictly on their vocals if it’s mission was precisely what you argue American Idol had explicitly been doing all long? America doesn’t really work that way. I can’t speak for their producers, but it’s more reasonable to sense that latter was a reaction to the former.

    • Michael_  |   Posted on May 4th, 2012 0

      The Voice is an anomaly in the situation in that it does the exact opposite of what American Idol attempts to accomplish as a singing competition by not so much granting a golden opportunity to amateur nobodies (or so they lead you to believe) rather than polish up a few people who’ve already have had brushes with success. Dia Frampton in particular stands out, as I remember she and her sister had a popular Tegan & Sara-like act going on for them recently that had them signed with Doghouse Records and frequenting The Warped Tour circuit. Apparently some other emo punk band chick was on this season as was a former cast mate of The New Mickey Mouse Club. To me, The Voice isn’t really about finding raw, virginal singing talents as it is just about getting ratings with more relevant pop star judges and putting its contestants through a confusing game show-like battle where they aren’t answering questions correctly or racing to the finish, but rather just singing for the win.

  4. We gonna atend the tour in LA ..just ordered tickets It should be… exciting ? ! I’ve never even watched American Idol, LOL! But my family is all into it…tickets are cheap this year at http://www.ticketsreview.com/concerts/american_idol_live_tickets/

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