Aside from Danny wordlessly insinuating that Ryan Seacrest is totally gay [!!!!!], the most interesting moment from last night's Idol was this: David Archuleta [squeal] getting slammed by Simon [boo] for singing depressing songs two weeks in a row. David furrowed his beautiful, innocent, incredulous brow and blurted out: "Is 'Imagine' a depressing song?" Simon insisted that it is.
But when you're 17, isn't 'Imagine' a song of potential? It challenges you to overcome the worst of human nature and to make the world better. Right? It's only when you're older—on your second marriage, charging restylane treatments to your amex and resentful of the asshat who is now your boss—it's then that the song seems mournful and resigned.
Or is that just me?
Anyway, like Jordin from last year, I think home-schooled teenagers can sometimes get away with singing songs of great and even overwrought emotion exactly because their innocence takes that song in a new direction. But Simon will never think so because he never quite believes in innocence.