Contributed by ballersfantasy:
According to Launch, several singers and songs were banned from being performed at this year’s ‘American Idol’ auditions, including Sarah McLachlan’s ‘Angel’, Etta James’ ‘At Last’, Elton John’s ‘Candle In The Wind’, and the ever-popular ‘Fallin’ by Alicia Keys. Also, songs by Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Mariah Carey, No Doubt, R. Kelly, Tom Petty, Korn, Linkin Park, Carly Simon, & John Mellencamp were also banned during the audition process. The story at music.yahoo.com has since been removed.
‘American Idol’ Beats Bush
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