Before the beginning of the 2007 American Idol Season, I read that the shows’ producers were not looking for any rock singers for this year’s competition. Quite frankly, it has made the 2007 show a stale and a somewhat boring Pop music competition.
Over in Finland, where the rock scene has not died. The following news has come over:
22-year-old Finnish heavy metal singer Ari Koivunen was crowned the winner of the the national TV talent show “Idols” Friday night (April 6) after singing four songs — including SCORPIONS’ “Still Loving You”, SOUNDGARDEN’s “Black Hole Sun” and SONATA ARCTICA’s “Full Moon” — during the competition’s final. The performances — which were broadcast live on MTV3 from the Helsinki Ice Hall are available for viewing on YouTube:
Scorpions – Still Loving You
Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
Sonata Artica – Full Moon
Led Zeppelin – Rock and Roll
Deep Purple – Perfect Strangers
Billy Joel – Piano Man
Stratovarius – Hunting High and Low
Iron Maiden – The Evil That Men Do
Whitesnake – Here I go Again
Ari Koivunen may not be the best singer in the world, but he is a good singer and I can only expect that he will continue to get better over the years. I am sure we will see this kid in another great Finnish hard rock band soon.
Sadly, Ari is the shot in the arm that American Idol badly needed. A rock singer of this caliber would have made the show interesting again.
Maybe 2008 will be better……..