Meat Loaf can’t remember his finale duet with Katharine; Simon Cowell slams Prince

Meat Loaf’s American Idol 5 finale duet with Katharine may have been a bit strange, but the performer himself doesn’t remember any of it. That’s because he has stage fright, never mind the fact that he’d never performed that song live before. Meat Loaf told reporters,

“I swear to God I’ve been trying to remember what we did. I remember thinking, ‘How much longer do I have [before we go on]?’ They said 1 minute and 45 seconds. And that’s the last thing I remember until I was walking off the stage. I thought I was going to pass out. I’m not kidding. I cried like a baby. I’m surprised I didn’t have a heart attack. … I’d never sung that song live before. It was [almost] more than I could take. I felt like I had an alien busting out of my chest!”

Meanwhile, Prince, who was the evening’s surprise guest, showed up “a mere few minutes before he was set to perform,” according to Yahoo! Music. Then he left immediately afterwards, which shouldn’t have been surprising, considering his previous rejection of . That prompted Simon Cowell to say, in a statement,

“It just tells you how selfish [Prince] is. He comes on, not a word–‘I’m not gonna sing with anybody else, I’m not gonna say goodbye.’ Thank you for your generosity, Prince.”

Meat Loaf’s Recipe for Idol Success [TV Guide]
Prince Turns Simon Cowell Purple With Rage [Yahoo! Music]

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