So after all the hoopla that some raised regarding Drew Stevyns' supposed ripping off of the Seether arrangement of Careless Whisper on America's Got Talent, I tried listening to both versions of the song. Truth be told, the arrangement sounded identical, and even the manner by which the songs were performed are also very similar.
However, in an interview with the Baltimore Sun, Drew Stevns, for his part, doesn't deny that what he sang on America's Got Talent this week was actually Seether's version of the song. Did he remember to mention this to the judges? He remembered, but when he did, it was too late.
"It's my favorite song on the radio, and I knew I had to do it. I realized as soon as I got off the stage [that I hadn't gotten to acknowledge Seether], and I really wish I had gotten a chance to say that."
On this note, Drew didn't categorically say that the song was his arrangement. It was the judges who assumed that it was and then praised him for being bold and daring and such. It is fair, however, to expect him to give credit where credit is due. But then, we can also say that Seether just may have gotten extra media mileage because of this, so it's hard to say who owes what from whom.
That being said, I haven't had the time to visit Drew Stevyn's MySpace page, where he reportedly posts songs he has written (yes, he writes songs). I would say that to steal some votes from the so far massive and loyal Kevin Skinner and Barbara Padilla fan bases, he has to step it up come finale night - and singing one of his songs may be the only way to do so.
- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Baltimore Sun(Image courtesy of NBC)