Gotye must feel so happy he could die. In addition to winning over millions of people who can’t stop listening to the most angst-ridden hit single to ever feature a xylophone — “Somebody That I Used to Know” (ft. Kimbra) — the Australian singer-songwriter has taken U.S. network TV by storm. Even American Idol judge Steven Tyler has this song looping on his iPod. It’s beautiful, just beautiful.
Lindsey Pavao covered “Somebody” on The Voice last week, Darren Criss and guest star Matt Bomer performed it on last night’s Glee, and tonight Idol finalists Elise Testone and a reluctant Phillip Phillips took it on. (Watch it here.) Gotye and Kimbra will appear on SNL this weekend. “That’s all over the world right now — that song’s changing music,” said Tyler. “So good for you for picking that.”
Did you think Elise and Phillip’s Gotye cover did justice to the original?
After the jump, my ranking of all 10 of tonight’s “Songs From This Decade” performances from American Idol‘s Top 7. Share yours!
TOP 7 PERFORMANCES: FROM ‘BEST’ TO ‘NOT THEIR BEST’ (FULL RECAP)
Jessica Sanchez, “Stuttering” by Jazmine Sullivan
Joshua Ledet, “Runaway Baby” by Bruno Mars
Colton Dixon, “Love the Way You Lie” by Skylar Grey
Elise Testone, “You and I” by Lady Gaga
Skylar Laine, “Didn’t Know How Much I Loved You” by Kellie Pickler
Elise and Phillip, “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye
Phillip Phillips, “Give a Little More” by Maroon 5
Hollie, Joshua, Jessica, “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson (I suddenly have the urge to wish everyone a holly jolly Christmas!)
Colton and Skylar, “Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson
Hollie Cavanagh, “Perfect” by Pink
Darren Criss and Matt Bomer sing “Somebody That I Used to Know” on Glee, April 10
Team Christina’s Lindsey Pavao sings “Somebody That I Used to Know” on The Voice, April 2
Official music video for Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” (ft. Kimbra)
You can watch Elise Testone and Phillip Phillips sing Gotye here.
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