Gibson did great, affecting both heartland soul AND blue collar gruff overtop FJM's "narced-up, dead-eyed original" (my mom's words). He will not go home this week — if that's how the show works — and this will surely send the track up iTunes charts and into the playlists and hearts of mainstream America.
For Father John Misty, this must be what the deepest circle of hell looks like. Or at least that's what he'd want you to think.
Ever-ready to assert his status as the most outside, reluctant, and protesting insider (then, retract it), FJM posted the clip with the caption "why God why" on Facebook. Then, he deleted it.
Despite the public show of dissent, he will of course benefit from the performance (as he should being the song's creator and, I would assume, rights holder); the same way he's elsewhere criticized the product of the pop manufactory while also helping directly in its manufacture as a songwriter.
Call it Father John's Paradox.