What happens when you take African American blues artist Tracy Chapman and remove all of her skin pigmentation a'la Michael Jackson and then dye her hair blond to match?
Crystal Bowersox happens.
I mean really she is great at what she does, but whether intentional or not, what she does do is a blatant Tracy Chapman impression.
I mean careers have been made on less.
Hanson, for instance only became famous because "MMbop" sounded like a lost Jackson 5 recording (that's 2 king of pop references in one post for those of you scoring at home). Of course once they tried to create their own identity apart from "those white guys that look like girls and sound like the jackson five" everyone (except my sister Stephanie) lost interest and they fell into oblivion.
The question for Crystal Bowersox, who I'm picking to win American Idol, is can she develop her own identity when the parallels to Chapman are so strong (same voice, same style, same guitar, same fricken hair-do) and will people still like her if she does??
On a side note, these are fun to come up with. People who could be twins except one is black and one is white.
Can you think of any others?