Original Song: The Rolling Stones "Wild Horses" (1971)


People make fun of “bad” reality singing show contestants—your William Hungs and Sanjaya Malakars—but truth is, the “great” ones can be even less bearable. Britain's Got Talent grande dame Susan Boyle may well “hit the proper notes” here, but why would that be a good thing, when “proper” has nothing to do with this kind of music? The performance at its start is perhaps tolerable in your usual vacant cabaret-interpretation-of-rock finishing-school kind of way. But when she starts getting operatic, prepare for your sinuses to ache.