This week’s American Idol will be devoted to the songs of Dolly Parton, a theme that will allow for lots of Dolly facetime on the broadcast and Kristy Lee Cook saving herself for another week with a good-old-girl performance of a country song. While there are some song choices that seem to be gimmes (does anyone think that Syesha Mercado won’t bring Whitney Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You” to the table?), others are more mysterious (what the heck is Michael Johns going to sing–”9 to 5″?). But one thing’s for sure: If David Cook whips out a take on “Jolene,” get ready for White Stripes fans far and wide to complain about one of their favorite covers being massacred by this guy–and for the Idol judges to wax rhapsodic about how “original” old Davey is because he draws inspiration from Chris Cornell and Incubus instead of Clive Davis and his proteges for the 10,000th time. I’m not going to assume that Simon, Randy, and/or Paula are reading this little blog, but if one of their interns does happen to keep tabs on it, please, bring the YouTube clip embedded after the jump to your bosses’ attention, if only to make them at least kinda look like they’ve been aware of music that was made sometime over the last 10 years.
White Stripes – Jolene [YouTube]