American Idol kicked off tonight with a quick tribute from Ryan Seacrest to Dick Clark—who not only was the host's mentor and friend, but who also, with his American Bandstand, created the template for all the live musical shows featuring up-and-comers that came after it.
You know, like Idol.
Fittingly, tonight's theme transcended decades, as did Clark. The top seven sang two songs apiece, one a No. 1 hit released between 2000 and now, and the other a "soul song from back in the day."
First, the contemporaries...