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American Idol 2011: What should the Top 8 sing?
April 12, 2011
The â€œAmerican Idolâ€ Top 8 are set to take on songs from the movies this week. Thatâ€™s a pretty broad theme, so picking what Iâ€™d like to hear them sing this week wasnâ€™t easy. I based my choices on the song list the Season 9 contestants had to chose from and AFIâ€™s Top 100 Songs from Movies list. So who really knows if any of the songs I pick for them are even available. But, at any rate, itâ€™s still fun to pick and imagine. The contestants and songs are in random order.
Paul McDonald, â€œMrs. Robinsonâ€ from â€œThe Graduate.â€ He could appeal more to the mature woman voter this way. ha. It would be fun for him to do a nice acoustic version. Just him and his guitar. If he wants something a little more produced, maybe â€œ(Everything I do) I do For You.â€ He and Bryan Adams kind of have similar voices.
Jacob Lusk, â€œOver the Rainbowâ€ from â€œThe Wizard of Oz.â€ He could easily put his gospel slant on this one. And it could have all sorts of double (even triple) meaning â€¦ with or without ruby slippers. Too bad heâ€™s already done â€œI Believe I Can Flyâ€ from â€œSpace Jam.â€ And by â€œtoo badâ€ I mean â€œThank God.â€
James Durbin, â€œBorn to Be Wildâ€ from â€œEasy Rider.â€ Sure Adam Lambert sang this but when has that ever stopped a current contestant. After last weekâ€™s pointless slow down, we can expect James to turn things back up. This one could work. Itâ€™s familiar with everyone and lends itself to some new interpretations. If not that, then maybe â€œOld Time Rock and Rollâ€ from â€œRisky Business.â€
Lauren Alaina, â€œI Will Always Love Youâ€ from â€œThe Best Little Whorehouse in Texasâ€ not â€œThe Bodyguard.â€ Iâ€™d like to hear Lauren do Dolly Partonâ€™s version. Or at least a mixture of herâ€™s and Whitney Houstonâ€™s. Lauren was tough to pick for. I considered â€œWhat a Feelingâ€ from â€œFlashdanceâ€ and â€œSomewhere Over the Rainbow.â€ But neither seemed to be the right choice for her.
Haley Reinhart, â€œTake My Breath Awayâ€ from â€œTop Gun.â€ To be honest, I donâ€™t really think this is the best song for Haley. If the song selection is more broad than I imagine, then Iâ€™d pick â€œAt Lastâ€ by Etta James. Itâ€™s been in several movies and would definitely qualify and I think Haley could shine with it. If Naima Adedapo had not already done â€œSummertimeâ€ from â€œPorgy and Bess,â€ then maybe that wouldâ€™ve worked for her as well.
Casey Abrams, â€œIâ€™m Alrightâ€ from â€œCaddyshack.â€ This is kind of a douchey song and Casey is kind of douchey, so I think it would be perfect. He seems to mostly be doing this competition as some sort of elaborate joke anyway (except for last week â€¦ I was able to take him seriously last week).
Scotty McCreery, â€œThe Devil Went Down To Georgiaâ€ from â€œUrban Cowboy.â€ I couldâ€™ve easily gone with â€œJailhouse Rockâ€ but since he canâ€™t do another Elvis song already, this one is right up his alley. To sound like a broken record here, Iâ€™ll say Iâ€™d rather him put his country spin on something less country like â€œThe Roseâ€ by Bette Midler, but since I know thatâ€™ll never happen, Iâ€™ll try to stay near Scottyâ€™s mindset. So â€œThe Devil Went Down to Georgiaâ€ it should be. Even if it is just to make Jacob sweat over such an evil, devilish song within his earshot.
Stefano Langone, â€œPurple Rainâ€ from â€œPurple Rain.â€ I donâ€™t know why I want to hear Stefano do Prince, but I do. But heâ€™d never do this song. Just wishful thinking. Heâ€™s officially the one person left to not really take any risks even though no one but me has seemed to notice. So that being said, heâ€™ll probably do something predictable like â€œKiss From a Roseâ€ by Seal. â€œStand By Meâ€ could also be a good (but safe) choice for Stefano.
What are your suggestions and thoughts?