Wednesday, May 4, 2011

American Idol, Season 10: Top 5 Song Suggestions


And then there were five: Lauren, James, Jacob, Scotty and Haley. Not even close to the Top 5 I would've predicted two months ago, but that's just the way this crazy American Idol journey works.

Last week, I was disappointed that the producers chose Carole King as the theme, since the last time she released a #1 record, none of the contestants were even close to being born (by at least 15 years). As if sensing my frustration (Uncle Nigel and I are just so in tune with each other, you know), the theme for tonight's show is... oh wait...

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

...NOW AND THEN!

No, not music from the Demi Moore movie (though let's not count that out for Season 11). The contestants will be performing two songs each: one from the 1960s and one current song. A great way to get the best of both worlds. Or the worst. But hopefully the best.

To challenge myself, and to get the most of the "current song" category, I limited myself a bit more than just songs post-2000. All of my suggestions are different from my "Songs of the 21st Century" picks, haven't been performed on Glee, aren't by a former Idol contestant and have been released since 2008.

So, without further ado, here are my "Now and Then" dos and don'ts...

LAUREN ALAINA
1960s Should Sing: "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)" by Betty Everett (1964)
1960s Should Not Sing: "Unchained Melody" by Righteous Brothers (1965)
Current Era Should Sing: "California King Bed" by Rihanna (2011)
Current Era Should Not Sing: "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry (2010)
JAMES DURBIN
1960s Should Sing: "I Want to Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles (1964)
1960s Should Not Sing: "When a Man Loves a Woman" by Percy Sledge (1966)
Current Era Should Sing: "So What" by Pink (2008)
Current Era Should Not Sing: "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon (2008)
JACOB LUSK
1960s Should Sing: "What Becomes of a Brokenhearted" by Jimmy Ruffin (1966)
1960s Should Not Sing: "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King (1961)
Current Era Should Sing: "Forget You" by Cee Lo Green (2010)
Current Era Should Not Sing: "I Look to You" by Whitney Houston (2009)
SCOTTY McCREERY
1960s Should Sing: "The Way You Look Tonight" by The Lettermen (1961)
1960s Should Not Sing: "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley (1962)
Current Era Should Sing: "Forever & Always" by Taylor Swift (2009)
Current Era Should Not Sing: "Hey, Soul Sister" by Train (2009)
HALEY REINHART
1960s Should Sing: "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" by Cher (1966)
1960s Should Not Sing: "The Locomotion" by Little Eva (1962)
Current Era Should Sing: "American Boy" by Estelle ft. Kanye West (2008)
Current Era Should Not Sing: "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys (2009)
Are you excited for tonight's show, or are you experiencing Idol fatigue? Who are you still rooting for and what are your song suggestions?

[Image Credit: FOX]
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