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“American Idol Ought To Be Ashamed Of Themselves”: Natalie Cole Pissed At “AI” For Not Inviting Her To Sing “Inseparable” With Candice Glover
While we were all breathing a sigh of relief at the idea that the wretched 12th season of American Idol was finally coming to a close (oh yeah, and celebrating the fact that Candice Glover won), Natalie Cole was somewhere fuming at her television. Why? Let us explain.
So during last night’s finale of American Idol, before winners were announced, finalist Candice Glover took to the stage to sing her rendition of “Inseparable,” a Natalie Cole hit. People are known for taking on that song, including singer Jasmine Trias, who recorded a cover of it way back from the third season of American Idol. But Glover decided to make this performance a duet, and instead of the show asking Natalie Cole to come sing her song with the Idol hopeful, they asked former contestant Jennifer Hudson to perform with her. Bad idea according to Cole…
While the women sounded great together (what were they wearing though??? Hella casual…), Cole was upset at the fact that they neglected to ring her phone, so she took to Facebook and Twitter to get some things off her chest:
Woop! Despite her anger over it all, her fans, or at least her followers that is, were mixed on their feelings over whether or not she was right to be upset, or if she was simply overreacting.
“I thought it was awesome and you should be proud they chose your song and did it so well”
“Wasn’t AI last night about the finalists singing with past American Idol contestants? So what’s the big deal. No one said “Inseparable” was originally recorded by Jennifer Hudson. Candice chose the AI past contestant she wanted to sing with and she chose JHudson. THEY DID THE SONG JUSTICE AND NAT KING COLE WOULD HAVE BEEN PROUD.”
Cole didn’t comment on it further, and Jennifer Hudson didn’t respond to Cole’s statements either, so it seems that the legendary singer probably has moved on. And honestly, that might be the best thing to do. While the show definitely could have introduced the song as Cole’s at the least, we’re not really sure why she would assume that the minute a contestant wants do a duet of it, they would call her. People cover other people’s songs like this all the time, and these two ladies sounded great! But hey, to each their own.
What do you think about Cole’s response? Check out video of Candice and Jennifer singing “Inseparable” on the next page and let us know if you think they did the jam justice.
Though you may not have realized, Maria Cole, wife of legendary singer Nat King Cole, and mother to daughter Natalie Cole, was a successful jazz singer in her own right.
Originally, from Boston, Massachusetts, Maria Hawkins was born in 1922. After her mother died, she spent most of her childhood in North Carolina and eventually moved to New York to pursue a singing career.
Duke Ellington heard recordings of Maria and hired her as a vocalist for his orchestra. She sang with Ellington and until 1946 when she broke out on her own performing in New York City clubs as the opening act for the Mills Brothers. It was during this time that she met Nat.
The couple were married in 1948 by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Maria continued touring and performing with her husband in the ’50s and created the Cole Cancer Foundation after Nat lost his battle with lung cancer in 1965.
In an interview with Ebony magazine, the couple explained why they adopted their daughter, Maria’s biological niece, Carol, also known”Cookie” and “Kelly,” in 1949. Natalie was born in 1950 and the couple’s twins, Timolin and Casey were born in 1961. Carol would later pass away from lung cancer in 2009, around the same time Natalie was undergoing a kidney transplant.
Maria passed away from a short battle with cancer on Tuesday at a hospice in Boca Raton. At the time of her death she was surrounded by her family members.
Aside from her three children, Maria is survived by a sister, two sons-in-law and six grandchildren.
Natalie and her siblings released a joint statement regarding their mother’s life and death:
“Our mom was in a class all by herself. She epitomized class, elegance, and truly defined what it is to be a real lady.
We are so blessed and privileged to have inherited the legacy that she leaves behind along with our father. She died how she lived – with great strength, courage and dignity, surrounded by her loving family.”
Maria Cole’s private services will be held in Glendale, California.
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(AP) – Natalie Cole has a comeback story. The Grammy Award-winning singer is working on a memoir about her successful kidney transplant last year and about the death of her sister Cookie on the very day Natalie had her operation. Cole also will share memories of her father, crooner Nat “King” Cole.