Cornell’s version was performed live by David Cook on the seventh season of American Idol. After covering Cornell’s cover, the Idol judges praised him for his “originality”. Whilst some news organisations criticized Cook for covering a cover version, others praised him for singing the song well. Cornell was surprised and flattered by the cover, but was also concerned that Idol viewers may have thought Cook created the interpretation. Cornell said of Cook’s cover, “This is something where they know I came up with this arrangement and reinvented the song. I stuck my neck out being a guy that comes from the indie rock world doing a Michael Jackson song.” He added, “Don’t get me wrong. He sang it great. But it was literally a note-for-note take on what I came up with.”
Edited by Linus-Grunger on 4 May 2009, 20:30
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