Wednesday, April 13, 2011

American Idol, Season 10: Top 8 Song Suggestions

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Many of you probably think the title of this post should just be "Who Cares What the Top 8 Sing Since Pia Is Gone"—and, to some extent, you are right.

Last week's poll confirmed that an overwhelming majority of you thought Stefano should and would go home (32.4% and 56.6% respectively), and only 2 people predicted Pia would be packing her bags. I was shocked, angered and saddened by Pia's elimination last week, and briefly considered the notion of ending my viewing and coverage of American Idol Season 10.

But then I remembered that these Song Suggestion posts are all about giving the contestants the guidance they need to give us the best show possible. With Pia gone, we need these Idols to get all the help they can so this season doesn't suddenly nosedive into Season 9 territory.

So, without further ado, here are my suggestions for the Top 8.

As always... WARNING: Stop reading now if you want the theme of the week to be a surprise!

This week's theme is "Songs from the Movies." With any luck, we will avoid Kenny Loggins, Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand—let's be honest, these kids can't handle it and neither can we.

CASEY ABRAMS
Should Sing: "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" (Blues Brothers, 1980) - I'd love to see Casey in a fedora and shades having some fun with this song from one of the best movies ever. He definitely strikes me as a more of a Jake than an Elwood, amiright?
Should Not Sing: "Born to Be Wild" (Easy Rider, 1969)
LAUREN ALAINA
Should Sing: "Can't Fight the Moonlight" (Coyote Ugly, 2000) - Lauren does best when she chooses songs with a little spunk and attitude in them. Leann Rimes is a perfect model for the artist Lauren wants to be.
Should Not Sing: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (The Wizard of Oz, 1939)
JAMES DURBIN
Should Sing: "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight" (This is Spinal Tap, 1984) - He smartly slowed it down last week (though it was a bit shaky), so now it's time to rev up the energy again. More flaming pianos!
Should Not Sing: "Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" (Armageddon, 1998)
STEFANO LANGONE
Should Sing: "Canned Heat" (Center Stage, 2000; Napoleon Dynamite, 2004) - Stefano's been touched by an angel and he should celebrate by bringing some dance beats to the Idol stage.
Should Not Sing: "Kiss From a Rose" (Batman Forever, 1995)
JACOB LUSK
Should Sing: "Come What May" (Moulin Rouge!, 2001) - As long as Jacob doesn't sing "Summertime" I think we'll be okay, but I think this song would allow him to be soft and subtle in the verses and then big and bold in the chorus—a balance he needs to find ASAP.
Should Not Sing: "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" (Dreamgirls, 2006)
SCOTTY McCREERY
Should Sing: "I Will Always Love You" (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, 1982) - Scotty taking on the Dolly Parton version of this song with a guitar and his low country twang are all the makings of a true American Idol moment.
Should Not Sing: "The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" (Crazy Heart, 2009)
PAUL McDONALD
Should Sing: "Rainbow Connection" (The Muppet Movie, 1979) - Paul is the only one who could pull this song off. He could start it off slow the way Kermit did (yes, that sounded weird to me, too) and then pick it up at the end. Just no more creepy whispering, please!
Should Not Sing: "Moon River" (Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961)
HALEY REINHART
Should Sing: "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953; Moulin Rouge!, 2001) - More sass and more fun are exactly what Haley needs. She's been on a roll ever since she belted out "Benny and the Jets" on top of a piano, and this song could definitely keep that momentum going if she does it like Nicole Kidman did in Moulin Rouge!.
Should Not Sing: "Kiss Me" (She's All That, 1999)
Are you excited for "Songs from the Movies"? What do you think the Top 8 should sing? And are you still going to watch now that Pia has gone the way of Jennifer Hudson?!
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