A Change Is Gonna Come
Fun history fact, courtesy of American Idol: the civil rights movement "was a pivotal time in history"! Not so much Syesha's rendition of this Sam Cooke classic, which ditches the plaintiveness of the original and turns it into a standard-issue diva number. (That said, her teary post-song interview probably sealed her path to the Final Three.) But at least now we know what it would have sounded like had Sam Cooke written the soundtrack to Dreamgirls.
by James Poniewozik
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