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Lionel Richie's 1984 ballad was a #1 hit on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts, but Richie might not have recognized his song at first when it debuted on American Idol: AI7's David Cook put an usual post-grunge, power-ballad spin on it.
We've listed Incubus as a secondary artist for the song because the popular alt-rockers play it frequently in concert, and we'll occasionally hear a live version on the radio. Cook's arrangement is somewhat similar (there are only so many ways to rock-out "Hello", after all), but it's different enough that this is definitely not another I Walk The Line situation.
What We Thought
Once a song has been done in a very unusual arrangement on Idol, it's hard for a future contestant to go back to the original. Fortunately for Richie, he had so many cookie-cutter ballad hits in the 80's that it will be a very long time before the supply is exhausted. We are not necessarily happy about that.