Motown

The new idols channel the old sound of Motown


By Mike Hughes

For two young
singers – the final finalists from “American Idol” -- an old
record label looms large.

That's Motown. Now
that “Idol” has finished its 15th and last season:

That was Detroit (well, a little part of it)


Hey, Detroit is a very big place you know. And it's had a VERY big music scene ... even if you couldn't tell it tonight on "American Idol."

Unlike previous years, focusing strictly on Motown Records, tonight was open to songs from any Detroiter. The result? Of 11 songs, nine were from Motown Records. The only exceptions were Aretha Franklin (a friend and neighbor or the Motown folks) and Madonna (who was a dancer, not a singer, before leaving Michigan). There was no Seger or Nugent or Winan or White or Rock (Kid) or Pop (Iggy) or others.

"Idol": Back to the present


After spending some splendid time in the past, "American Idol" will probably be back in the present this week.

There were great moments last week from Motown people, including Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder. This Wednesday brings the current-pop appeal of David Cook and Lady Gaga.

Meanwhile, we're kind of sorry to see Michael Sarver gone. He had to go; he simply isn't at the same level as most of the surviving eight. Still, he's an immenely likable guy; here's the brief story I wrote the day after he was ousted:

"Idol," basketball, Motown, more


This is a joyous week around Michigan, for lots of reasons. (If you're reading this from outside Michigan, just skip the first one; the rest is about "American Idol.")

1) The Michigan State University women had their sharp upset of top-seeded Duke. Lauren Aitch came off the bench to play superbly; in less than half a game (18 of 40 minutes), she scored 15 points, grabbed six rebounds and brought a ferocity to an MSU offense that had seemed hesitant. At one point, this was a 47-47 deadlock; somehow, it turned into a 63-49 rout. The crowd was ecstatic.

"Idol," basketball, Motown, more


This is a joyous week around Michigan, for lots of reasons. (If you're reading this from outside Michigan, just skip the first one; the rest is about "American Idol.")

1) The Michigan State University women had their sharp upset of top-seeded Duke. Lauren Aitch came off the bench to play superbly -- 16 pounts and a fierce approach that ignited a sleepy game. At one point, this was a 47-47 deadlock; somehow, it turned into a 63-49 rout. The crowd was ecstatic.