Wednesday, May 11, 2011

American Idol, Season 10: Top 4 Song Suggestions



Can we first just note in the above photo that Lauren is still crying about being in the Bottom Two? Poor thing.

There they are—the Fantastic Final Four. After all of the rapid-fire female eliminations early in the season, it's amazing that two of them have made it this far. Can one of go all the way and be the first female winner since Jordin Sparks?? I'm getting ahead of myself. First, they need to get through the Top 4.

We went from 21st Century (yay!) to Carole King (snooze) to a mixture of current and '60s music (yay!). And now, keeping this delightful trend going...

WAIT! Stop reading now if you want the theme of the week to be a surprise!

...the Top 4 will sing music by songwriting legends Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who wrote some of the most classic music of the mid-21st century. Leiber and Stoller were pretty much an unstoppable duo, but if you flip through their songbook, you won't find many songs that would be considered 'current' or 'marketable in the current decade' or 'radio ready.' Basically, this is great music that our parents loved when they were kids. What a great way to produce a viable modern recording artist....

So despite the lame theme, here are my suggestions for what the Idols should and should not perform tonight (now complete with YouTube links!):

LAUREN ALAINA
Should Sing: "(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care" by Elvis Presley and "Tell Him" by The Exciters - Lauren is not doing so well, you guys. She needs to stop trying to tackle these huge ballads and go more for a sassy, hardcore vibe like she did with the Carrie Underwood song last week. Go hardcore, Lil' Lauren!
Should Not Sing: "I (Who Have Nothing)" by Ben E. King (and Season 6 champ Jordin Sparks)
JAMES DURBIN
Should Sing: "Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley and "Love Potion #9" by The Clovers - After James' emotional disaster last week, he should return to being over-the-top and entertaining. He is definitely best when he puts on a show.
Should Not Sing: "Spanish Harlem" by Ben E. King
SCOTTY McCREERY
Should Sing: "Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots" by The Cheers and "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King - These are two very different songs that would continue to show Scotty's versatility. "Black Denim..." is a fun, silly song that he could easily bring a country twang to, and though I've often suggested the Idols don't sing Ben E. King's classic ballad, I think Scotty could bring a soft, sweet innocence to the song. And please, Scotty, don't do an Elvis song!
Should Not Sing: "Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley
HALEY REINHART
Should Sing: "Ruby Baby" by Dion and "Love Me" by Elvis Presley - Haley is my dark horse for the win right now. She is totally killing it week after week, even if the judges are choosing her to be the only one that gets negative criticism. These two songs give her a chance to show off her bluesy growl and runs. "Love Me" would be great for her sped up a bit.
Should Not Sing: "I'm a Woman" by Peggy Lee
Are you as underwhelmed by this theme as I am, or are you looking forward to hearing some classics? Do you think it's inevitable that Scotty sings "Hound Dog"? And, please, oh please, don't forget to VOTE FOR HALEY tonight!
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