Tuesday, April 5, 2011

American Idol, Season 10: Top 9 Song Suggestions

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Perhaps it's my obsession with So You Think You Can Dance, but there is something that just sounds so nice about "Top 10" to me. Unfortunately (fortunately?) for this season of American Idol, we are skipping right to the Top 9 after last week's double elimination of Naima Adedapo and Thia Megia (who coincidentally had the two most amazing names in the competition).

It's hard not to notice that our Season 10 finalists have been whittled down to six guys and three girls after starting out with more ladies. Haley, Pia and Lauren need to bring the heat tomorrow night in order to start taking these boys down one by one. And my song suggestions are just what the doctor ordered.

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

This week, the Idols will tackle music by artists who have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio (which, as Drew Carrey would like to remind you, rocks). This round of suggestions took quite a bit of research—to see the complete list of inductees click here. Some of them have already been covered in previous theme weeks (Elton John, a lot of Motown artists), and some should be avoided at. all. costs.

Should Sing: "Psycho Killer" by Talking Heads - No, I didn't just pick this song so Casey's creepy facial expressions would finally be appropriate (thought that doesn't hurt). This classic Talking Heads song could get Casey back into his groove after he (understandably) played it safe last week. I'd love to hear his take on the "fa fa fa" sections.
Should Not Sing: "Beautiful Day" by U2
Should Sing: "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys - Great for Lauren's pop-meets-country vibe and totally age appropriate without being bland. 
Should Not Sing: "Something to Talk About" by Bonnie Raitt
Should Sing: "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M. - James was so much fun to watch on stage last week during "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)" complete with flaming piano. Instead of trying to mimic that over-the-top performance, he should pull it back with an emotional rock ballad.
Should Not Sing: "Cryin'" by Aerosmith
Should Sing: "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson - If Stefano attempts another ballad, the judges (and audience) will once again get stuck on his inability to connect. He should bring something uptempo with attitude to switch it up.
Should Not Sing: "Imagine" by John Lennon
Should Sing: "Moondance" by Van Morrison - Okay, Jacob, you can use your big voice but only if you use it for good and not evil. Doing a jazzier song might help keep him restrained so we can appreciate his vocals instead of being smacked in the face by them.
Should Not Sing: "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel
Should Sing: "Hurt" by Johnny Cash - I know this song is really inappropriate considering Scotty's age and life experience, but he has the perfect deep voice for this song! If that's too much to handle, then I recommend "Suspicious Mind" by Elvis Presley.
Should Not Sing: "Hey Good Lookin'" by Hank Williams
Should Sing: "Piece of My Heart" by Janis Joplin - Paul needs to reconnect with America after falling into the Bottom 3 last week. This song is totally in his wheelhouse and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Hey, Janis worked for Crystal Bowersox, right?
Should Not Sing: "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond
Should Sing: "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" by ABBA - You may think I'm crazy, but I want nothing more than to hear some ABBA on this week's show, and who better to channel those crazy Swedes than Miss Haley? You know she has the sass for it!
Should Not Sing: "How Sweet It Is" by James Taylor
Should Sing: "Ray of Light" by Madonna - Yes, she already told us she's going to sing Ike and Tina's "River Deep, Mountain High," which is sure to be fantastic. But I'd love to see her tackle this Madonna dance number with her killer high notes.
Should Not Sing: "At Last" by Etta James
What do you think the Idols should sing tomorrow night? Are there some Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees you think I criminally excluded from this list? And what is going to take for a guy to be sent home this season??
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