For Queen songs, George Michael. He did an amazing job on Somebody To Love, although I think something was missing on These Are The Days Of Our Lives. I love Elton John's music, but his voice just wasn't suited for Bohemian Rhapsody or The Show Must Go On.
I don't think George Michael could ever replace Freddie. George was awesome singing tunes which adapted to his voice - Somebody To Love, '39, Days Of Our Lives -. He could sing Dear Friends or Bijou very good but what about the other stuff? As a friend said, if he sings Hammer To Fall or The Hitman he stops in the middle of the song to cry; or the audience cries.
And that's about the singing, let alone asking George to play piano like Freddie or to compose Bo Rhap.
At the tribute concert Michael was the best on the day, he had so much range, just like freddie. elton was terrible at the tribute, he cannot sing heavy rock songs, he was a little croaky. But i love elton's music, he is one of my favourite musicians.
Well, George Michael has the better voice, but I prefer Elton's. It's much more soothing and flowing, and he has more emotion.
ANd when I say emotion, I mean he has a wider range of emotion to his voice...GM seems to mostly to passion well, whereas I feel more listening to Elton.
I'm a big fan of both Elton & George, but I agree that George carries off the Queen stuff better (though you couldn't imagine him ever doing the rockier stuff) As much as I love Elton's stuff his version of "The Show Must Go On" was awful IMHO.
Speaking about voices, of course George's is fit to sing the songs in Freddie's range, because Elton has a much lower voice.
But, even if he has a smaller range and his voice is less bright and smart, I like the way he sings and I prefer him to George, because Elton can deliver me much more feelings and emotions than George. He sings with his unique style, and his renditions always have something his, as an Elton's signature built-in in his voice and in his way to sing and to stress the words.
And then of course I also prefer Elton as a person because he is a great songwriter, a bright piano player on impromptus, and great artist as a whole.