‘You’re one of the best singers on this show ever’! Joshua Ledet wows American Idol judges with a stunning Bee Gees cover, as competition heatsWith just five contestants left and the competition hotting up, Joshua Ledet emerged as the clear leader of the pack after tonight’s American Idol.
An incredible performance of the Bee Gees classic To Love Somebody, earned the 20-year-old from Louisiana a standing ovation from the judges, with Randy Jackson labelling him one of the best singers to ever appear on the contest.
‘I’ve been doing this 11 years and you’re one of the best singers on this show. Ever. Ever,’ he told him. ‘And that’s a big feat. That was incredible. Nobody can do that better,’ he said.
Joshua earned similar praise from Steven Tyler who said: ‘You’ve gotta be one of the top two best Idols of all time. You sing so fine. You’re such a talent. You’re so on fire.’
Jennifer Lopez added: ‘I think you’re one of the best singers I’ve seen in 50 years, I mean, it’s crazy, baby. Honestly.
‘People since James Brown and all those people, the greatest soul singers and performers ever,’ she added. ‘That made me want to cry I swear.’
The performance was perhaps made even more special given that Joshua had not heard the song before performing it and only took 15 minutes to perfect his version, sung initially in the rehearsal room for Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine and guest mentor, Bruce Springsteen guitarist Steven Van Zandt.
‘He walked away and did this incredible version of this song he hadn’t heard before,’ marvelled Van Zandt. ‘That was one of the greatest performances I’ve ever heard in my life.’
Earlier, the wannabe also earned praise from the judges for his performance of The Temptations’ classic Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, in a night which saw the five finalists sing songs both from the 1960s and British popular music.
Randy compared him to British soul singer Terence Trent D’Arby: ‘To me, you can actually bring R& B music back in a different type of way,’ he said.
Earlier, after several weeks finding herself in the bottom three, Hollie Cavanagh made something of a comeback with her two performances tonight.
The judges named her version of the vocally demanding Tina Turner number River Deep Mountain High a stand out of the first half.