Idol contestants head to Motown - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Idol contestants head to Motown

The American Idol contestants are celebrating 50 years of Motown.

The first road trip of the season took the top ten finalists to Detroit to work with Motown founder Berry Gordy and singer Smokey Robinson.  Gordy says, "I had more fun, the kids were beautiful, and I just wanted them to know that."

About the finalists, he adds: "All those kids are so talented, its going to be a close call this year, it's a close call every year, but this year I think it's going to be a closer call than ever because they're all so great."

From Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder to Akon and Lil Wayne, Motown has been at the top of R&B for half a century.  But Gordy wanted the Idols to put their own stamp on his catalog of hits:  "What I've explained to them is that Smokey doesn't sound like Marvin, and Marvin doesn't sound like Stevie, and Diana doesn't sound like Martha, and everybody is so different because we brought out them.  And I said you all have to own whatever you do, somebody else may sing it or do it, but you've got to own it, it's got to be you, it's got to be yours."

When the Miracles were honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame last week, singer Claudette Robinson had this advice:  "I would say to perform Motown, you really have to come deep within your soul, whatever soul that you have, just do you, make sure that you perform yourself, don't try and be any of the other artists, just be themselves, and I think they'll come out victoriously."

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