February 1st, 2012
12:58 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama's American Idol invite

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's rendition of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" has earned the president an invitation to one of the biggest stages in show business: American Idol.

Nigel Lythgoe, the show's producer, tweeted Monday "@BarackObama we loved your vocal performance so much we'd love to invite you on to #AmericanIdol this Season for a duet with Al Green."

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Lythgoe later acknowledged he had forgotten to check if Green was available to perform.

"@barackobama I may have screwed up? In my haste to send your invitation I failed to ask Al Green if he wants to sing with YOU? I'll call," Lythgoe tweeted Tuesday.

Mitt Romney, who sang a verse of "America the Beautiful" in Florida the night before the state's primary, didn't receive a similar invitation. Indeed, if Romney were auditioning for Lythgoe it seems he wouldn't make it past the first round.

"If it were an election based on vocal talent @barackobama would beat Romney hands down. Mitt was very flat singing "America the Beautiful," Lythgoe wrote.

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soundoff (14 Responses)

    Mitt has no core and SOULLLLLLL. I'm sure the President has been down a Soul Train line before and used too watch Soul Train. If this were a talent show for President, the President ha already won hands down.

    February 1, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney's singing put me to sleep. He should bottle it. He'd make millions.

    February 1, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    Yes, we FINALLY have a president who can do it ALL. Go ahead haters and hate all you want but in the end-your evil deeds and words will only lead to your own destruction and misery.

    Obama 2012

    February 1, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Ed1

    Another photo op for our Rock Star President what a joke if he accepts.

    Let's see our country is in debt up to their ears, economy heading south, unemployment no change, and we have a President that will accept this gig so he can get more votes.

    I forgot it's an election year so he needs all the camera time he can get in front of the people who thinks he is still next coming.

    February 1, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. w l jones

    The dept of one soul came from his mother ;she taught him well"to love all people. Bless.

    February 1, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. Dee

    I agree President Obama should do it a lot of these young people do vote and they would love to see their President relate to them. Romney jealousy will get you know where you were reciting the words until the President sang.

    February 1, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. macrasta

    If President Obama got unemployment to 4.5% and balanced the budget ... the same folks would still hate...

    February 1, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. Lolo

    @ Ed1, I would love to see it, but the haters like you cannot handle it. You only care about making him a one termer. You might as well get over it, he is the coolest, smartest president we have had. You only want some one to beat him to get the black man out of the white house. It is amazing how your republicans think. All other presidents before him got a free pass. Go suck a lemon.

    February 1, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. J-Alabama

    A rocking and intelligent President who can hold a note and gets offered a cameo on American Idol compared to a flip flopping wanna be Frank Sinatra who probably wouldn't get an invite to karaoke night at a local bar.

    February 1, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. R.I.P. Damon

    Exactly what we need...I'm hopeful the POTUS will turn down the invite

    February 1, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    "Mitt was very flat singing "America the Beautiful," Lythgoe wrote.

    What do you expect from a flat-earth religious panderer?

    February 1, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. i want a mega rich Mormon who hides money overseas, and a master tax evader as president

    I always thought Obama was too good for the USA anyway.

    February 1, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    And the citizens of this country stick their heads further and further where the sub don't shine with each passing day. We're totally screwed.

    February 1, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    Willard CAN'T hold ANYTHING.....

    February 1, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |