American Idol Wants Obama

Producer says he's got a better voice than Mitt Romney
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2012 9:50 AM CST

If the whole presidency thing doesn't work out for Barack Obama, he could have a future in show business. American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe was duly impressed with the president's brief rendition of "Let's Stay Together," he said yesterday, in a tweet spotted by Politico. "@BarackObama we loved your vocal performance so much we'd love to invite you on to #AmericanIdol this Season for a duet with Al Green."

Lythgoe added that, "If it were an election based on vocal talent @barackobama would beat Romney hands down. Mitt was very flat singing 'America the Beautiful.'" He's not alone in that assessment, notes Politico. Asked about Romney's vocal turn in an interview on CBS today, Scott Brown said, "He's not going to be on American Idol anytime soon." (More Nigel Lythgoe stories.)

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