David Cook Comments On Chris Cornell: “One Of The Most Influential Voices Of My Musical Upbringing”

Cook’s take on Cornell’s “Billie Jean” cover was one of the best “American Idol” performances ever.

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During the Top 10 round of “American Idol” season seven, David Cook performed Chris Cornell’s version of the Michael Jackson classic “Billie Jean.”

There was some controversy over the performance; unaware that Cook was performing Cornell’s version, the judges praised the contestant for his unique arrangement. Cornell fans understandably took issue.

There was not, however, any debate about the quality of the performance: it was outstanding. It established Cook as the clear frontrunner (and he did end up winning) and is widely considered one of the best performances in the history of “American Idol.”

Cornell passed away following a concert Wednesday night. As news of the passing circulated Thursday morning, Cook commented on the immensely influential vocalist.

“To one of the most influential voices of my musical upbringing, RIP Mr Cornell,” wrote the “American Idol” winner.

Written by Brian Cantor

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