“American Idol”: guilty of shameless product placement?
By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: At first I thought the “American Idol” contestants were simply too young to remember the origin of songs. But when Jacob Lusk announced during tonight’s episode that he’d be singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water” from the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness”, I got it. One clue was the “Pursuit of Happyness” movie poster that was edited in during Lusk’s opening montage. Looks like the show’s exploited every possible money-making venue.
The realization is somewhat encouraging. Hopefully a singer of Lusk’s caliber knows that “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was written by Paul Simon. What’s disappointing is that a movie soundtrack—not Simon—was credited for the song during the show.
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