For many years, they have been considered the most important group of all time. To a certain demographic of American Idol hopefuls, however, The Beatles don't figure too highly on their top influences list. According to a report from misformusic.com, American Idolhost Ryan Seacrest has revealed that some of this year's hopefuls had never heard aBeatlessong before they entered the competition.
One of this season's episodes will feature contestants performing the hits of the Fab Four in Las Vegas, something that a number of the would be pop-stars found more of a challenge than others: They went to perform Beatles songs, about 60-something [of them]. A handful of them, I asked, What do you think about the songs?' and they said, I've never heard a Beatles song before in my life!'
This report comes in spite of what has arguably been a period of renewed popularity for the Liverpool born legends. Rock Band: The Beatles was released in 2009 to rave reviews and mega sales, while the band's back catalogue was finally re-mastered and distributed through iTunes in 2010. A May edition of 2007's American Idol show even dedicated an entire episode to the songbook of Lennon and McCartney, making the admission of contestants' ignorance towards the band even more surprising.
You'd hope that the contestants would at least know some of the words to Yesterday, even if they hadn't heard the original. The Guinness Book of Records reports that it is the most recorded popular song of all time, with over 1,600 cover versions recorded to date.