There is a sad story attached to the audio performance in this blog topic.
If you wish, you can listen while you read:
Over the past week, this story has been circulating the forums, media and blogging sites and has, in fact, been confirmed by Scott MacIntyre through Twitter and MySpace.
Both Scott MacIntyre and Matt Giraud were scheduled to perform Billy Joel’s “Tell Her About It” on the Season Finale of American Idol Season 8 last week.
It was going to be an outstanding showcase, featuring the dueling pianists – Matt, Scott and, special guest, Billy Joel. Great preparation went into the rehearsal of this song – the arrangement is stellar and, as you will soon hear, Matt and Scott sound absolutely superb.
It was a remarkable concept and it would have been a first, as there has never been this level of keyboard talent from previous seasons. Both Matt and Scott, in addition to being wonderful singers, are highly accomplished pianists and songwriters.
However, when Billy Joel was not able to appear, the number was cut from the telecast and we were left wondering why Scott wasn’t featured as a soloist, as all of the other members of the Top 13, including Matt, had varying degrees of individual exposure.
I don’t know what the producers were thinking when they made the decision to eliminate this number from the show, but it’s safe to assume that their thought processes lacked transparency and intelligibility.
Both Scott and Matt were more than capable to showcase this number without Billy Joel. Isn’t the show about our Top 13? Have the producers lost perspective about what attracts viewers to American Idol?
And, to add more drama to the mix, Access Hollywood reported that Billy Joel was not contacted or finalized to appear as a guest on the American Idol Finale.
I was waiting for a downloaded version of this song and I am pleased to offer it here on this site. And considering this is a rough recording, I have to say that it sounds pretty spectacular.
Here is what we missed! What a travesty! I can only hope that this number is included during the American Idol Tour this summer.