Show of hands: Who else thinks director Quentin Tarantino is a pretty brilliant choice for next week’s American Idol mentor, especially since the theme is “Idols at the Movies”? Yeah, he’s a filmmaker, not a songwriter or music producer, but any Tarantino fan can tell you the guy knows from pop music almost as well as he knows from pop cinema — many of the iconic moments in his films are inextricably linked to the pop songs that play underneath them. Here’s just a few off the top of my head: Michael Madsen slicing off an ear to “Stuck in the Middle With You” in Reservoir Dogs, Uma Thurman dancing in her pad to “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” in Pulp Fiction, or the opening credits to Kill Bill, Vol. 1 — about a woman’s revenge after her ex guns her down at her wedding — playing over “You Shot Me Down.”
Besides all that, QT already proved his Idol cred during his killer stint as a guest judge on Idol‘s third season. Never one to mince words, he laid it all out for middling contestants Diana DeGarmo and John Stevens with awesomely direct honesty. So if there’s anyone who can somehow get Lil Rounds to find her inner-pop diva, or Anoop Desai to discover any kind of authentic edge, it’s the man who made John Travolta and David Carradine cool again.
Don’t agree with me, P-Dubs? Well, after the jump, check out what Tarantino had to say about DeGarmo’s attempt at Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” and his spot-on note to Jennifer Hudson after her rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” and then see if you still think Tarantino’s return to Idol five years later is a bad idea. UPDATE: To be clear, next week Tarantino will only be a mentor, not a judge.
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Tarantino on DeGarmo:
Tarantino on Hudson (with the song, because it’s just that good):