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Reggae, violins, ballads mark Rolling Stones night on “American Idol”


It was Rolling Stones night on “American Idol”, and as Simon Cowell remarked at one point, lots of Stones fans would likely have turned off their TV sets (assuming they had been watching in the first place).tim urban

If wild horses hadn’t dragged you away in the first hour of  violin and soft  ballad versions of classic  hits like “Ruby Tuesday” and “Beast of Burden” ,  Tim Urban’s acoustic reggae treatment  of “Under My Thumb” was by far the strangest.  “Very bizarre,” said Randy Jackson. Even good-natured Ellen DeGeneres could muster nothing more encouraging than, “It didn’t wow me.”.

Urban said he knew he was taking a risk but realized he could never sound or look like a member of the Stones.

Siobhan Magnus and Crystal Bowersox didn’t look or sound like Mick Jagger siobhaneither. But Magnus’s dramatic version of “Paint It, Black”  had echoes of Adam Lambert and was judged one of the standout performances of the night.