Tom Jones on Idol, Mick Jagger at Grammys Remind Us That America Likes Old Crusty Brits

Okay, technically Tom Jones is Welsh, but still– no one is flinging their panties at Donald Trump.

Jones took the stage on American Idol last night to cheers and screams, proving once again that you can be 9,000 years old, but as long as you are British and male, you pretty much have it in the bag. Jones performed his ubiquitous hit “It’s Not Unusual,” looking tanned and sounding- well, pretty much just like Tom Jones. compares the performance to that of Mick Jagger at the Grammy Awards, citing technology as a factor in exposing the performers to listeners of all ages:

With his American Idol presentation, Sir Tom effectively pushed together Americans who were 13, 33, 53, and 73 years old. Only a few performers can do that; Tom Jones and Mick Jagger are part of that club… We’re in a wonderful place where digital media has fused our culture in a way not possible 20 years ago. Jagger, The Rolling Stones front man, was rocking at the time of Tom Jones, and when he gave his rendition of “Everybody Needs Somebody,” the reaction to 67-year-old Mick Jagger throwin’ down at The 2011 Grammy’s was equal to that of Tom Jones. And, like Jones, young people who use Twitter to get their information, were sharing tweets about a person some in the media considered as getting too old to do his craft.

Did you tune in to see Tom Jones shake it on Idol last night? Did the crooner’s skills leave you breathless and or entertain you? And is a post like this about older, sexy Brits incomplete without a mention of Alan Rickman?