Green Day perform on ‘American Idol’

Finale sees youngest ever winner

Green Day performed at the finale of ’American Idol’ last night (May 23).

The band performed their version of the John Lennon classic ’Working Class Hero’.

The track is taken from the forthcoming John Lennon tribute album, ‘Instant Karma: The Campaign To Save Darfur’ which is released on June 25.

Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said: “We wanted to do ‘Working Class Hero’ because its themes of alienation, class, and social status really resonated with us. It’s such a raw, aggressive song… we felt we could really sink our teeth into it. I hope we’ve done him justice.”

Meanwhile, the show saw the crowning of the youngest ever winner of the ’American Idol’ show.

Jordin Sparks, just 17, beat 25-year-old Blake Lewis in the final, which attracted a record of 74 million telephone votes.

The winner will now receive a recording contract as her prize. Smokey Robinson, who performed during the finale, said: “She sings so good, it’s hard to believe that she’s 17.

“To sing like that, you would have to have lived for a long time. She’s an old song.”

Sparks thanked her family and said the experience “had turned out pretty cool”.

Lewis said the he didn’t mind coming second, reports the BBC. He said: “I picked Jordin Sparks at the top 24 as the ‘American Idol’ winner.

“I was actually going to try to wear a Vote For Jordan Sparks T-shirt last night, but they wouldn’t let me.”