She’s not Eleanor Rigby, she’s not Maxwell with his silver hammer and she certainly isn’t Sgt. Pepper. But on Tuesday’s (February 23) “American Idol,” final 24 contestant Lilly Scott took center stage with a unique spin on another classic song by the world’s greatest rock band and judges were unable to find any holes in her performance.
Scott — or, as Ryan Seacrest describes her, “the pride of Denver” — covered “Fixing a Hole” by the Beatles, one of the lesser-known classics off their 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a record largely considered to be among the greatest albums ever made.
To many, stepping into the shoes of Lennon and McCartney would be a daunting task. But Scott took center stage with nothing but a guitar, green dress and Anna Faris-like haircut and made it her own. “That’s what we’re talking about!” Ellen DeGeneres praised her after the performance. “You have such a unique voice!”
Kara DioGuardi agreed, saying, “You’re unbelievable. Everyone is gonna remember you tonight.”
Even difficult Simon Cowell had a hard time finding fault, calling her moment in the spotlight among “the best we’ve had so far. You sang this song because it portrayed you as an artist.”
Written by Paul McCartney, “Hole” was the fifth song on the Beatles’ groundbreaking concept album. Over the years, its use of words like “hole” and “fix” — and its psychedelic vibe — have led many to believe it is about heroin injection. Other theories include everything from it being about holes in the road to holes in the roof of the Scottish farmhouse McCartney owned at the time. The rock legend did admit in a 1967 that the lyric “See the people standing there/ Who disagree, and never win/ And wonder why they don’t get in my door” was a reference to the fans who hung around the front door of his home in those days.
As for 20-year-old Scott from Littleton, Colorado, she auditioned in Denver after a period spent performing locally with a band called Varlet and time spent as a street musician. Citing her main influences as indie and classic rock, she began her path to “Idol” when she sang the national anthem at Mile High Stadium at only 5 years old.
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