Sinatra Tunes a Challenge for ‘Idol’ Contestants

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Even though he’s no longer around, Frank Sinatra can still intimidate.

Three of the five “American Idol’ contestants had trouble interpreting the crooner’s biggest hits on Tuesday’s show, even with the encouragement, arrangements and piano playing of Harry Connick Jr.

They included 17-year-old Aaron Kelly from Sonestown, Pa., who seemed grounded on “Fly Me to the Moon.”

“If (Sinatra) was a lion, you were just a mouse,” said judge Simon Cowell on the Fox show.

Similarly, Casey James of Fort Worth, Texas, and Crystal Bowersox of Toledo, Ohio, couldn’t stand up to the Chairman of the Board, at least in the judges’ determination. Bowersox, 24, looked elegant in an evening gown singing “Summer Wind,” but judge Ellen DeGeneres thought she needed to loosen up a little more.

James, a 27-year-old construction worker, mentioned before singing “Blue Skies” that a friend who doesn’t watch “American Idol” had offered him a $50 gig on Tuesday night. Maybe he should have taken it.

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