American Idol 10 Top 11 to Sing Motown - Jennifer Hudson & Sugarland On Results Show

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Next week, the American Idol 10 Top 11 has a theme! It’s Motown.

Wait…Nigel…Didn’t you say there would be no themes? That the kids would never be forced to sing outside their genre? Now poor Scotty McCreery is going to have to ramp up some Temps or some Smokey? Gosh, Nigel, you certainly are a fickle fella!

Motown is own of those themes that have been done and done and done and done… Stefano gets to whip out some more Stevie! HOORAY (NOT) and I’m guessing the girls will be singing karaoke versions of Diana Ross and Gladys Knight. UGH. Except Naima. I’m expecting you to KILL next week, girl.

So what do YOU think the Idols should sing?

Guests on next week’s results show will be Jennifer Hudson (YAY) and Sugarland (maybe they’ll bring tourmate Casey James along with them….)

 
  • bjames

    So interested to see what Paul and Scotty do. Hope it’s not a trainwreck. (It probably will be.)

    Stefano, Pia, Naima will be just fine.

    Here’s to hoping Haley does “Tenderness”. I think she could kill on that song. It would show off both blues and rock.

    And here’s to hoping that Naima does NOT do “Tenderness”, because she probably won’t be as good as Naima, and those two are pretty similar. She’ll probably do it anyways.

  • lili_anne7

    At least we won’t be hearing the same song from Scotty. I’m curious to hear what he will come up with.

  • MayMirabella

    Yes Yahoo Jennifer !! As far as I am concerned, anytime Jennifer or Adam are on the results show or on TV anywhere; it is must see TV for me. I am very happy…Adam and 2 weeks later, Jennifer..on cloud 9 or should I say Cloud 3 and Cloud 8 LOL.

    Motown should be an interesting week. I am loving it as several of them will have to step out of their comfort zone. I am curious as to what Scotty and Lauren will sing. I am hoping this is a week that Jacob has a moment or Naima or some of the others.

  • Valentin432

    I get the theme but why are they inviting Sugarland? That is puzzling to me.

    Guess we can bet on country week being next

  • jammasta

    Yeah, Motown has been done over and over and over and over and over and over…. Yet, I think for the most part, it calls for a good night. Last year brought out Lee’s and Andrew’s potential, gave a good performance out of Crystal…. Actually, that’s probably about all I remember. Season before, Kris’s How Sweet It Is, Adam’s Tracks of My Tears, Allison’s Papa Was A Rolling Stone…. do we have more Motown Idol gems?

    3 seasons in a row AND a themed night on a season of supposedly no themes.

    It’ll challenge the girls to pick a song. Thia and Pia might have the most difficulty just because they’re the pageanty ones. Lauren might find a fit somehow. Naima better kill it. I think Haley might do well but get eliminated.

    As for the guys, the only one I’m having trouble seeing doing Motown is James. Which means that he’s gonna do a great job, since that usually happens when I see someone struggling with a theme. Casey and Stefano will be perfect fits. Jacob will hopefully not oversing all that much, but I think he’ll be fine either way. Now that I think about it, Paul might have even more trouble than James. Scott will be fine, country and Motown have a similar enough soul behind them that I think Scott will find a good fit (Yes, I know, the soul thing sounds a little hippie, but it’ll both give him a good push outside his box AND not suck. I think.)

    Things can, and most likely will, happen to change this.

  • girlygirl

    Dear Thia: Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT, sing the theme song from “Ben”.

    Thank you. Sincerely, Me

  • dishwalla

    I am looking forward Motown week. I think it’s really a good way to get some of these contestants out of their comfort zone. It should be interesting to see who has the versatility to do something different.It’s unfortunate that some of the girls are getting ripped apart for staying in their lane when some of the guys are doing exactly the same thing. I’d rather listen to the polished vocals of Lauren and Pia any time over the manic, over the top Casey, Jacob, Paul. And don’t get me started on Scotty. He’s 16, singing songs that are least his parents’ generation and older. And he has yet to do anything uptempo.

  • gangreen29

    Gosh, Nigel, you certainly are a fickle fella!

    This seems kind of a bogus criticism to me. People have been complaining about the lack of themes, we get a theme. I would think viewers would appreciate a show runner who was flexible and could change midstream to better the show?

  • girlygirl

    this will be a real stretch for Scotty. I’m trying to think of any Motown songs that might fit that deep voice of his — there are bass parts in the Temptations and Four Tops songs, of course, but most of the solo artists on Motown didn’t have deep voices

  • HotHotHot

    I guess tptb finally figured out if they don’t make them do themes, they will sing the same stuff over and over and the audience will tune out. Hope they kick Pia’s butt out of the pageanty rut!!

  • platoken

    Scotty will be fine. A LOT of people thought Allison would struggle with Motown-and she was one of the best of the night.

  • girlygirl

    I like(some of the) theme nights, but it would be nice if they came up with some new themes, instead of recycling the same ones every season. Oh well…

    Ladies, stay away from the snoozy ballads. Guys (esp. Paul & Casey) don’t try to replicate the Motown dance moves… :)

  • primeminister

    I’m excited for this. Motown has brought some really great performances out of the past contestants like Adam (Track of my tears) and Allison (Papa was a rolling stone).

  • just sayin

    A theme!!! A theme!!!! I’m so happy! Just when it was looking so bleak……they’ve given them a theme!!!

  • kcostell

    Scotty may do well with this — his voice went well with the opening to “Get Ready” during Group night.

    It might work for Casey and Jacob, or it might give them both an excuse not to rein in all their worst instincts. I’m hoping against hope here.

    I was also hoping against hope to hear some of the idols tackle something more recent. But “year you were born” and “Motown” make that impossible.

  • ri

    i like your thinking, MJ: yes Sugarland….please bring that Casey guy with you.

  • Buffynut

    Temptations had some bass in their songs. Scott could do a good job with one of their songs. Of course, he won’t know that, since he’s so young. Even his parents are too young to know that! LOL!

  • colette

    Yay for theme nights! If I hear one more Whitney Houston or Travis Tritt song, I’m going to stick a fork in my eye.

    Look it’s always great to hear the Idols sing murder the golden Motown catalogue. (By the way, Try a Little Tenderness isn’t motown)

    so here are some decent choices:

    Haley — really could be cool with “My Guy”

    Pia — “You Beat Me to the Punch”? Maybe some of the less icky Supremes stuff? it’s not all that easy though (remember poor Brandon on “Can’t Hurry Love…” outch

    Stefano — he killed with “Heard It Through the Grapevine” on audition, and could do that again, or anything Margvin. but — I’d LOVE LOVE to hear him sing “What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted,” or anything by Smokey — “Ooh Baby, baby” would be great

    Naima — watch it, girl, that pitchy gonna get you — maybe some Martha & the V’s — that voice has its limits, but maybe “Dancing in the Street”?

    Scotty — geez, Louise, I haven’t a clue

    Paul — “Tears of a Clown” ?

    James — “War” would be perfecto! Or “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”

    Casey — I couldn’t begin to guess

    Jacob — I shudder to think…..

    Thia — let’s get up tempo girl! How about “ABC”?

  • yaddabing

    Ugh, here we go again. My #1 complaint over the last few years is the lack of current music. There’s been what, three ‘new’ songs sang since top 24?

    Do Hot 100 or SOMETHING. I’m not saying get rid of all of the ‘old’ themes, but sheesh. Maybe later on in the competition.

  • irby

    Do the choices have to be from the “classic” Motown era or will any Motown label song work? I could see Scotty singing a Lionel Richie song like Stuck On You or a countrified version of a BoyzIIMen song.

  • supermart

    Hehehe- That Top 11 picture looks like a company or college promotional brochure….a token black guy in a crowd of white folks.

  • Buffynut

    Wow! So many choices. I had no idea! Michael McDonald and Boys II Men are even in there!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Motown_Records_artists

  • milwlovesadam

    Motown night is always interesting. Such iconic music, so many choices. I hope somebody has the guts to put their own spin on a song, like Adam did with Tracks of My Tears. I see James doing something interesting. I see the girls except Naima being boring. And, Scotty should have no problem at all.

    If Jacob can tone it down at all, he might be OK.

    Paul- ” You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me”
    Scotty- “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”

  • gferna

    Nigel is a b”·$%.

    But, please, do NOT even think on singing “Tracks of my tears”. That song is banned…

  • http://www.comcast.net KAT80

    Naima will probably pick an Erykah Badu or Indie Arie song. One of their songs would suit her style perfectly. Since she will be singing in her own genre, she better be in pitch next week.

    gferna: IA, “Tracks of my Tears” is off limits — move on, lol.

  • gangreen29

    My picks:

    Casey-You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me-Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
    Thia-I Saw Him Standing There-The Supremes
    Pia-I Want You Back-Jackson 5
    Paul-Crusin’-Smokey Robinson
    Jacob- Easy-Commodores
    Lauren-You are the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me-Gladys Knight
    Scott-My Whole World Ended-David Ruffin
    James-Nowhere to Run-Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
    Haley-The One Who Really Loves You-Mary Wells
    Naima- The Way You Do the Things You Do-Smokey Robinson
    Stefano-I Wish it Would Rain-The Temptations

  • NOLA

    I think Nigel’s definition of Motown is Detroit: 1959–1972.
    The original Motown sound.

  • Elliegrll

    When they were in Vegas it seemed like Jimmy Iovine and the other producers helped the contestants rearrange the Beatles songs to suit the contestants styles, so I hope they do the same thing next week.

  • primeminister

    Paul should do slowed-down, tender, Ray Lamontagne-esque version of This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You). I’m not a fan of his recent performances, but I would like him to be able to leave the show with one good performance.
    http://youtu.be/7iEeiNslhCM

  • platoken

    “My Girl” might be good for Scotty.

  • girlygirl

    I think the S10 contestants will be limited to the “classic” Motown, so nothing later than the early-mid 1970′s stuff, probably.

    I wonder if the producers are going to use the original Motown masters for the studio versions of these songs, like they did in S8?

  • gangreen29

    Casey’s head in that picture looks like it is floating in mid air lol.

  • Dlynne

    That is an adorable Top 11 photo. It looks like they are bonding.

    I sincerely hope that they pick some great songs. No Diana Ross, please, I beg of you. I don’t think I can stand another performance night like this week’s.

  • briguypdx

    Scotty will get the last laugh when they dust off the “Grand Ole Opry” theme a week later. (please God, no!)

  • Trina

    As long as the song is cleared they should be able to sing what they want regardless of who sang a certain song over the years. These guys have every right to put their own spin on whatever they want.

    This is exactly what I’ve been waiting for because I’m dying to hear James move out of his comfort zone a little. I think he can do very well on some Temptations or Marvin Gaye.

  • Dlynne

    Otis Redding had a nice lower register. I could hear Paul singing Sitting on the Dock of the Bay. I’m not sure it’s actually Motown, though.

  • monleo1705

    Ooooohhh… Look at Stefano’s arm affectionately supporting Pia’s shoulder. I really want them to have babies!! 8) Could be our 1st Idol couple ever!

  • Dlynne

    Scotty could sing Papa Was a Rolling Stone without a problem.

  • brian_ny9876

    the bottom three for motown week…..Scotty James and thia lol

  • damroberts744

    Otis Redding had a nice lower register. I could hear Paul singing Sitting on the Dock of the Bay. I’m not sure it’s actually Motown, though.

    I was thinking ‘These Arms of Mine’ for Jacob!!!

  • colette

    Pia & Stefano babies…..ooh, baby baby. they would be such little lookers with those big brown eyes……

  • platoken

    the bottom three for motown week…..Scotty James and thia lol

    Doubt that. Even if they were terrible their fanbases would save them.

  • sf3456

    supermart says:
    Hehehe- That Top 11 picture looks like a company or college promotional brochure….a token black guy in a crowd of white folks.

    Wow. I totally see that. It’s also putting a spotlight on him saying, “Hey, he’s the next one we want to go.”

    And I swear, they are making Durbin look like Lambert.

  • http://www.lindafoltz.com linda2u

    Jacob – “Unchained Melody”
    Casey – “Do You Love me? (now that I can Dance)” or “Ball of Confusion” (has a killer bass line and harmonica solo)
    Haley – “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me”
    Pia – “Neither One of Us (Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye)”
    James – “Leavin’ Here” by Eddie Holland
    Naima – “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder; or “Super Freak”
    Scotty – “Shop Around”
    Stefano – “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing Baby” or “I Second That Emotion”
    Thia – “My Guy”
    Paul – “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”
    Lauren – “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”

  • NOLA

    Nahh, he is safe. Thia is the next to go.

  • kcostell

    Scotty will get the last laugh when they dust off the “Grand Ole Opry” theme a week later. (please God, no!)

    Actually, I think that theme week (if it happens) will be a trap for both Scotty and Lauren. If they nail it, they won’t get any new voters (people’ll say “eh…s/he’s still a one genre wonder”). But if they stumble even a tiny bit…

  • Grammie Kari

    What a wonderful theme! YAY! The producers do know that several Motown artists recorded country-themed music. The problem is Motown released over 1,000 songs, but they hand the contestants a list of 100?

    Rod Stewart did a wonderful job recording Motown songs, so Paul should do fine. This is the time for Pia to break away with a male artist’s music. She needs to get away from ballads. Same with Thia. I hope Stefano won’t do Stevie Wonder. With his voice, he can do any artist. Some of the best music ever released came from Motown. I am so excited!!

  • halo9125

    Pia has a strong R&B background- she would kill on Aretha Franklin’s RESPECT, or anything by Martha and the Vandellas- No Where to Run or Heatwave would be great!

    Big fan here, but I absolutely agree- no more ballads! (for now at least…)

  • http://www.amadcow2.com amadcow2

    First of all, this is a very interesting strategic move. The Motown theme to determine the composition of the tour.

    At least they made better use of Barry Gordy (my mom went to school with his sister Ester and I’ve been through the old Detroit mansion.. beautiful) than just pop over to listen to Ashthon… and.. if this was on the agenda from the get go, it does make Ashthon’s w/c pick make more sense (but still think Lauren T. would have killed this week).

    At any rate, this does shake it up a bit:

    Safer than safe: Pia, Stephano, Casey

    Benefits from this theme and should be okay: Naima, Jacob, Haley

    Needs to be very careful (song choice people): Scotty, Lauren, Paul, James, and Thia

    This is a good test for everyone and I believe that the most in danger of being in the B3 are: Lauren, Thia, and Paul

    I don’t see James doing poorly, and given the right song choice, he could shine. Scotty has so much love and I don’t believe that TPTB want him off the tour, so I’m sure he’ll be guided to a safe song. Thia has no idea what Motown is, so I’m sure she’ll have the worst song pick of all. Paul is mature and should be okay, but this could be a trap. I see the biggest trap for this theme being Lauren.

    edit: Here’s my ‘tin foil hat’ theory… Ryan is sick of those sit-downs with Lauren and needed to find a way to toss her under the bus… ta da Motown week :P

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Motown? Really? Really? Again? Yuck. No wonder this show is so irrelevant.

  • Marie Ruffin

    JenHud is promoting the he**ll out of her album isn’t she? I’m not on board for Motown, but if it brings Smokey and Berry back to the audience, I’m okay with it.

    Idol has done Motown and Beatles to death and retreads make for bad TV. Maybe that’s why the TV audience is turning off because they see/hear the same songs over and over. Surely, there’s another catalog you can go to?

  • sr4mjc

    James — “War” would be perfecto! Or “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”

    Well, War was Adam’s second choice, so this is probably right, LOL ;)

    Well, I wanted a theme. I guess I should have been more specific about not this theme, UGH.

  • bridgette12

    I think a specific theme is what these kids need to help them pare their songs choices down. Considering what we saw Wednesday night, I’m glad Nigel heard the criticisms and decided to go back to a theme that not only has lots of songs to choose from, but also most important, really good songs. If themes that force you to stretch yourself was good enough for Carrie, Kelly, Daughtry, Cook and Adam, then they are good enough for Season 10 Idols. It’s called dealing with pressure, which is something they need to get use to if they are going to join an exclusive club of artist with major contracts. I have no doubt that Jimmy and his little elves have already made a short list of songs for each contestant to sing.

  • rk349097

    Let me guess, James will end up performing the Chili Peppers’ cover of Higher Ground just like Daughtry did during this theme week (rolls eyes)…

    Don’t the Idol producers get it? It’s the lack of new song choices and recycled theme weeks that are killing this show, not the contestants, not any one particular musical genre, not the judging panel, etc., etc., etc. IT’S THE SONGS, STUPID! People are not going to keep watching if they keep hearing the same freaking songs performed OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN, ad nauseum. It’s not like 19E hasn’t made enough money on this show over the years that they can’t open up their wallets to pay for some newer songs…

  • Marie Ruffin

    Now if Motown means “Detroit” then yeh, I’m on board, but if it means Motown music and songs, then nah. Give it a rest. We can guess the songs they’re going to sing — and Stefano is going back to the Stevie Wonder catalog.

    We must remember Nigel and Simon are Brits, so they’re going with THEIR tastes in music from a Brit background. But it’s so yesteryear and so boring.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m glad that AI is highlighting AI alumni, bringing Jennifer back. It’s a little odd that Sugarland is the guest, but maybe it will be a preview for “country week”.I have no problems with theme week because it should push some contestants out of their comfort zone, but I also hope that they will have more current “theme weeks” where the contestants get to sing contemporary songs (like they did in Hollywood). As many have said, Motown week did lead to some stellar and memorable performances. It’s also right up Stefano’s alley, and I’m getting the feeling that Iovine really wants him to win, or at least go very far in the competition.

  • bridgette12

    I know some people don’t like some of the previous themes used on the show in the past seasons, including myself. But themes like Motown and Michael Jackson week are good ones with a lot of material to choose from. I do think you need to have more modern themes, but you to be careful when choosing certain newer artist, because some of them don’t have enough material for that many Idols to select from.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    JenHud is promoting the he**ll out of her album isn’t she?

    Yep. I just saw a promo for a major interview with JHud tonight on 20/20. Jennifer is a current favorite of Clive’s, and even though he’s not the head honcho anymore at SONY, he still gets the A+++ promo for any of his stars.

  • Falfor

    “Ball of Confusion”. Someone needs to sing this one. (Casey?)

  • t2

    For those contestants who suffer from severe accents / oversinging/vibrato that pops your head off/ and have graduated from the college of one syllable is not enough — well, just close your ears when Sugarland sings. Yikes! this will not set a good example.

  • Meg23

    milwlovesadam says:
    Paul- ” You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me”

    I could totally see him doing the stripped down She & Him version of this. I think it would be great!

  • bridgette12

    I think most people like Jennifer Hudson, but I don’t think the music she has put out, is memorable or interesting. I always feel like she makes every song she sing, like it’s a soundtrack to a movie. I think that’s the difference between Jen and Fantasia, Fantasia’s music is emotional, raw and totally real. Her album reflects her life and all the up and downs of being herself. That’s why I love Tasia’s album and haven’t yet connected with any of Jen’s songs. I just don’t see Jen selling a lot of albums inspite of all the promotion.

  • tinawina

    Yes!!!! A theme!!!! Love it.

    This is a good choice for these contestants to me. 1. Most of these kids can really sing. 2. Quite a few of them have R&B/soul leanings, or have voices that can handle that kind of music 3. These are great, well crafted songs covering a wide variety of themes and have been covered endlessly in every style/genre imaginable and 4. Everybody knows them.

    Of course, what this means is… NO EXCUSES. If the top 11 show isn’t highly entertaining, no one can hide behind “I didn’t have any good choices my birth year” or “I couldn’t find something that fit my voice”. All these songs have great bones and there is something for everyone. There is no reason for this to be a boring retread show.

    I’m not worried about more current music being sung. They have 10 more weeks after this. We’ve already seen current music this season, so the producers are willing to clear it if the contestants ask. Besides, the blogosphere will whine no matter what they do, because that’s who we are. LOL

  • abbysee

    I’m not worried about more current music being sung. They have 10 more weeks after this. We’ve already seen current music this season, so the producers are willing to clear it if the contestants ask. Besides, the blogosphere will whine no matter what they do, because that’s who we are. LOL

    I think I love you, lol.

  • x57x

    Motown is pretty old for Thia. She could go with the old Jackson 5. Lauren also is very young. So it will be interesting to see what she does. Scotty is another “youngin” but he says he does Elvis and Elvis did some Motown type of songs. Paul might have a reach with his voice being kinda high and James would have to do something also because of his rock background, maybe something softer. Which Motown Ballad type song would Pia pick? So this might be interesting.

  • nigerdelta

    it’s like one former idol every week on results show. I think that’s a great idea. They shld have done this since the begining if they had sense.

  • Mary102

    Hmm, I’m suddenly wondering if Nigel is getting wise to the fact that these vague, open ended themes are leading to boring, predictable choices. This is a welcome surprise! Plus, awesome music from this era!

    Well, Scotty could have an interesting time. Though TBH, he should keep the country twang, obviously, but just get a nice melody and a solid arrangement so that the original is enhanced rather than marred by “country-fying” it.

    James could have issues, though I mainly remember this as the week Adam completely surprised and amazed people by doing a completely stripped down TOMT, which was just stunning, so maybe James will be able to surprise too. IDK.

    Stefano could have a real moment with this theme, I think. I think it fits him really well.

    I do fear that this week, despite the good music, will lead to a bunch of arrangements that all sound the same. That’s been a big problem so far this season.

  • x57x

    I wonder if this week they will allow instruments?

  • Jae

    Ohhhh Motown! This really is one of my faves in far of themes. It gave us Adam’s “Tracks of My Tears” Which I still think is one of the most awesome Idol performances ever. But I am not worried about Scotty. Most of those songs can totally be adapted for him. He can do really well. Actually I think all the guys should be safe with this theme next week. Even weak voiced Paul. I am pretty sure another girl will go home. Naima should be able to get her vocal together hopefully and show us she deserves to be there; I am hoping Thia takes the opportunity to do something cool and show us some of her personality. I predict the 2 of them plus Haley in the bottom three. Haily will growl and snarl her way through something. But maybe not. I thought she almost did a decent job this past week.

  • Mary102

    I always feel like she makes every song she sing, like it’s a soundtrack to a movie.

    JHud has a great voice, but I feel like everytime I hear her she’s just belting everything at full diva blast. Dreamgirls of course, the Feeling Good cover, and the Grammy thing. I’m curious to see her on idol though, and hope she dials it back for once.

  • Trina

    Back in season 7 when Mariah Carey week was announced many people said that was the theme that DC would screw up badly on and be difficult for, he ended up having what was probably his 2nd biggest huge moment. I can see someone peeps expecting to have trouble with this end up shining.

  • Mary102

    I can see someone peeps expecting to have trouble with this end up shining.

    I hope so. Though, tbh, I think one of the big problems that’s bugging me this season is a real lack of people who either know who they are as artists or who are really creative and original with choices. DC was a master of that, hence the awesome Mariah Carey cover.

    This year, Naima and Casey are creative, but also kind of a mess with that creativity, and their voices aren’t very strong. Many of the others either don’t know who they are (Thia, Haley), or just stick to their safe wheelhouse mostly (James, Scotty, Pia). So we’ll see.

    It’s hard to tell how creative they are, though, with all this producer meddling this year, so hopefully that will lighten up this week.

  • Q3

    I really like the themed shows. The best Motown songs are over 35 years old — and many from mid-60′s. Overall a great songbook, but so dated.I guess they picked Motown as a theme because UMG owns them.Idol hasn’t done Motown for a long time. Unless I am forgetting a Motown theme show, this will be the first Motown theme since AI2. They did a broader Soul song list in AI3, and Stevie Wonder in AI5. In AI8, Megan Joy did Rockin Robin for MJ week but I think that was the only Motown song selected in AI8 for MJ week.Here’s my list (and I could have missed a year.)Season 1 Top 10 — Motown
    Season 2 Top 12 — Motown
    Season 3 Top 12 — Soul
    Season 5 Top 12 — Stevie Wonder (Motown artist)
    Season 8 Top 13 — Michael Jackson (Jackson 5 pre-1975 on Motown)

    ETA: Season 8 Top 10 — Motown — not sure how I could forget that!

  • BootStar

    Guests on next week’s results show will be Jennifer Hudson (YAY) and Sugarland (maybe they’ll bring tourmate Casey James along with them….)

    Casey J. is being managed by Todd Ramey of Sandbox Entertainment, the same folks who are handling promotion for Sugarland’s Big Machine Tour, so maybe they’ll give a little shout-out to Casey if Ryan decides to chat with them about their tour.

    I kinda hope the following week is some kind of country theme. Some of my favorite performances on the show over the years have come on those weeks. (Dolly Parton week was probably my all-time favorite.) As long as the contestants are allowed to take a country song and “make it their own,” it should be a lot of fun. And it will allow the non-country ones to show that they’re not one-trick ponies, as Scotty has been accused of being.

    Jennifer Hudson will be great! She’s the perfect guest for next week, R&B star and successful Idol alumna.

    [MJ, I'm still losing my paragraph breaks and spacing every time I go in to edit! Help!! I can never make a post without typos, so I'm at the mercy of the editing function.]

  • tinawina

    I kinda hope the following week is some kind of country theme. Some of my favorite performances on the show over the years have come on those weeks. (Dolly Parton week was probably my all-time favorite.) As long as the contestants are allowed to take a country song and “make it their own,” it should be a lot of fun. And it will allow the non-country ones to show that they’re not one-trick ponies, as Scotty has been accused of being.

    I agree. You and I might be the only ones who love country week. Besides, its always good for an unexpected boot. :D

    Of all the past themes, country and standards/broadway are my all-time favorites. Now if they just add a “hits from the past 10 years” theme my life would be complete.

    I also like the ones that have a deep catalog of good, varied, popular songs to choose from, like Motown, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Beatles, etc. They just can’t do each of them multiple years in a row or it gets old.

  • bridgette12

    nigerdelta says:

    03/18/2011 at 9:01 am

    it’s like one former idol every week on results show. I think that’s a great idea. They shld have done this since the begining if they had sense.

    I like that idea, a different Idol each results show. If they did that, then the ones who I think would be back, Cook, Fantasia, Kelly, Carrie, J-Hud, Crystal, Danny Kris, Jordin, and Ruben. Several of those mentioned could be on the finale show and team up with some of the Season 10 Idols.

  • Tess

    Q3…

    I’m pretty sure that season 8 it was Motown when Smokey Robinson was on and Adam sang Tracks of my Tears and Allison sang Papa was a Rolling Stone….in fact they went to Berry Gordon’s studio on a field trip.

  • milwlovesadam

    All James needs next is a little guyliner, and, voila`, it’s Adam Junior! Sheesh! I mean really, a soft blue leather jacket? Did they take him shopping at Skingraft?

    I swear if JHud sings Feeling Good I will throw my shoes at my TV. Every time I hear her screech that in the commercial I cringe. It’s just such a bad cover. That song is a classic, and she murdered it. And after Adam virtually made love to that song, caressed every note and delivered it our ears, how can anybody ever do it justice again? ( Try his studio version, a vocal class ).

    Country week? Bring it on. We got Ring of Fire out of it. And a ton of laughs from the exchanges between Adam and Randy Travis. James could kill it that week. I’m not worried at all.

  • milwlovesadam

    Q3 and Tess I can’t believe I don’t remember this, but wasn’t the theme “The Songs of Smokey Robinson” and he was the mentor? Or was it Motown, and Adam had already selected Tracks when he found out Smokey was the mentor?

    Either way. Season 8 for sure.

  • http://www.dancin.ca dancin

    How about
    Doggone by Marvin Gaye for Scotty
    Ball of Confusion Temptations or I’m losin you (RS’s Version) for James
    Boogie on Reggae Woman (steveie W) for Naima lol

  • Tess

    Season 8 Motown:Matt..Let’s Get it On…Marvin Gaye
    Kris…How Sweet it Is…Marvin Gaye
    Scott…You Can’t Hurry Love…The Supremes
    Megan…For Once in My Life…Stevie Wonder
    Anoop…Ooh Baby Baby….Smokey Robinson
    Michael…Ain’t to Proud to Beg…The Temptations
    Lil…Heat Wave…Martha and the Vandellas
    Adam…Tracks of my Tears…Smokey Robinson
    Danny…Get Ready…The Temptations
    Allison…Poppa Was a Rolling Stone

    Michael went home. And the night was pretty bad. Scott wore Pink pants, Megan was horrible, Lil started to loose it, Danny was all over the place, and Michael was probably the worst performance of Season 8.

  • PRMari

    You forgot Allison…Papa was a rolling stone.

  • milwlovesadam

    Thanks Tess for the rundown. Now I remember that whole show, not just Tracks/Adam.

  • springboard

    Already answered :)

  • TheOther

    The ones that really needs to knock it out of the park this week are Haley and Naima, if either wants to make the tour. So I can see the Motown theme to their benefit. After that, I think Paul, Thia, Jacob are the most the vulnerable.

    Even if Scotty and Lauren struggle, I don’t see how either will not make the Top 10. Stefano and James will probably deliver. And it probably doesn’t even matter what Pia and Casey do, they are the locks of the locks for at least the Top 5 at this point.

    I can only see the judges using the save this season if either Scotty, Lauren, Stefano, James, Pia, Casey fall into the bottom. IMO, it wasn’t even worth Ashton and Karen “singing for their life”. If Simon was there, he would have just cut to the chase.

  • LadyBeBop

    Season 3 also did Motown for top 10 week. Two R&B tinged weeks in three weeks. They really wanted to support the 3 Divas. Nonetheless, JHud was in the bottom 2 for both Soul and Motown weeks.

    The one in grave danger of missing the tour is Thia. The bottom two contestants (Naima and Haley) should do well in Motown as well as other contestants who has not done well (Jacob, possibly Paul and Casey). Lauren and Scotty may struggle, but I think their fan bases will pull them through.

    Song suggestions (don’t have them for all):

    Thia: Reach Out and Touch (Diana Ross)
    James: I’m Losing You (The Temptations…also by Rare Earth)
    Pia: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (the Diana Ross version)
    Scotty: My Girl (The Temptations. “Stuck on You” by Lionel Ritchie is also a good choice, if they’re allowed to select songs that late. I have a feeling they will be allowed)

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    People have been complaining about the lack of themes,

    I haven’t lol. If Nigel was going to suddenly reverse course here, he could have at least picked a theme that wasn’t so overdone.

    ETA: I also think it’s worth noting that Nigel did a 360 on a change he actually mentioned more than once when he was pimping the upcoming season.

    I’m not convinced doing “themes” will help these kids make better song choices, but we’ll see.

  • BootStar

    I agree. You and I might be the only ones who love country week. Besides, its always good for an unexpected boot.

    Heh. Nah, I think there are a LOT of country fans who are too shy to say so or are secretly on the down-low! ;-) And while I positively loathed at least 75 percent of what’s played on commercial country radio stations, there are so many GREAT old country songs out there just waiting to be dusted off and featured again.

    Similarly, although the Motown catalog is old and “dated,” it has a wealth of great material that current artists are constantly re-inventing. The Civil Wars do a beautiful, updated version of the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back.” Haley could pull that off easily. And The Black Keys have a fantastic update of the old Isaac Hayes/Jerry Butler song, “Never Gonna Give You Up” that Casey or Paul or even James could give a whirl. Current artists of all stripes still pull from that old catalog because the material is so great.

    I think Scotty would sound great covering some old Isaac Hayes or Barry White song, although there’s no reason he has to choose a song that was sung by someone with a similar vocal range. Songs can be rearranged and keys can be changed to suit the singer. It’s not a big deal!

  • windmills

    Valentin432: I get the theme but why are they inviting Sugarland? That is puzzling to me.

    Because they’re signed to a Universal label ;) Each results show so far has had a returning Idol and a Universal act performing.

    tinawina: I agree. You and I might be the only ones who love country week. Besides, its always good for an unexpected boot.

    Me three! I’d look forward to it even more without Simon’s grumpy cluelessness about country music to sour things.

    I’m down with Motown as a theme if there aren’t a ton of overdone choices. But I shudder to think what these producers will do to make the songs current.

  • Landmd

    No idea for song choices for these kids. I would much rather hear Casey James instead of Sugarland.

  • milwlovesadam

    I wouldn’t mind hearing Casey James either. I really hope they do bring back an Idol every week. It’s great to see how they are doing.

    I also fear what the producers will do to Motown, they over produce everything this year so badly.

  • jpfan

    This is a good theme. It’ll be fun to see what Scotty and James chose to do. I’m sure the pageant girls will pick the worst cheese that Motown has put out.
    They should stop with the producers already. It isn’t really working

  • BootStar

    The one in grave danger of missing the tour is Thia.

    Nah, she just has to knock an old Jackson Five chestnut outta the park. Something like “Never Can Say Goodbye” or “The Love You Save.” Or some old Supremes like “Keep Me Hangin On” or “You Can’t Hurry Love.” She’ll need to update them though and make them current.

    I’m down with Motown as a theme if there aren’t a ton of overdone choices. But I shudder to think what these producers will do to make the songs current.

    THIS. This part of the equation terrifies me! :-D

  • Suzanne

    I think that all girls should avoid Diana Ross/Supremes songs and avoid Gladys Knight. If they sing straight covers of “girl songs” they’re doomed.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ Zsus

    it’s like one former idol every week on results show. I think that’s a great idea. They shld have done this since the begining if they had sense.

    Haven’t they been doing this the past few seasons? Or am I misremembering. I feel like every year we see the winner and runner-up from the previous season, Carrie Underwood, and a handful of other Idols who have something to promote. I’m thinking back to last season. Cook, Adam, Carrie, Kelly, Daughtry, Kris, Gokey and Allison were on for sure. I’m trying to remember if Archie or Jordan were on last year.

    There are 9 more results shows before the finale. JHud is this week. I think Kelly, Carrie, Daughtry, Fantasia, Cook, Kris, Crystal for sure. For the last spot, it has to be a popular former Idol with something to promote. Maybe Casey James? Or Elliott? I don’t know. But, Ruben, Jordin, Archie, Clay and Taylor have nothing going on at the moment, so I can’t see them coming back on the show until the finale or IGB.

  • Mary102

    Q3 and Tess I can’t believe I don’t remember this, but wasn’t the theme “The Songs of Smokey Robinson” and he was the mentor? Or was it Motown, and Adam had already selected Tracks when he found out Smokey was the mentor?

    It was definitely Motown week, and I’m pretty sure Adam didn’t know Smokey would be there when he picked TOMT – he had picked it weeks earlier.

  • tinawina

    Haven’t they been doing this the past few seasons?

    Yes. But for some reason people always forget.

    If they sing straight covers of “girl songs” they’re doomed.

    That would be boring and predictable… which means someone will do it. Thia and Pia, I’m giving you the side eye.

    But I shudder to think what these producers will do to make the songs current.

    Amen. The Casio drum track on a classic ballad will make a reappearance. Preemptive BOO from me. :(

  • Ratna12

    I think that all girls should avoid Diana Ross/Supremes songs and avoid Gladys Knight. If they sing straight covers of “girl songs” they’re doomed.

    Pia should know by now that she is not going anywhere for at least the next 4 weeks, so why not take chances and sing upbeat songs / different than her usual and try to rope in new fans ?
    I don’t get it.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Reminder:

    Please don’t use the topic here to take trips down memory lane. Keep the discussion focused on Season 10, next week’s show, What the kids should sing, etc.

  • HR

    Chris has nothing to promote yet so I’m not expecting him on the show this year. I did expect Kelly but with her album delayed I’m not as sure now unless they have a single ready to premiere at the finale or right before the finale. Jordin will probably have a new single ready in time for the show.

    I like Motown but I’m concerned about this theme. The girl’s are irritating me with their song choices and this is just begging for them to continue making bad ones. I’m praying Pia and Thia stay away from the obvious singers they’d be drawn to.

  • bridgette12

    jpfan says:

    03/18/2011 at 10:30 am
    They should stop with the producers already. It isn’t really working

    No it’s not working. Both the Idols live performances and the studio recordings are both suffering from being over produced. I haven’t liked any of the downloads yet and certainly are not going to buy any if it continues like this. I think the Producers are giving more attention to the recorded versions, but even those sound hastily put together. Nigel, Jimmy and Ken need to realize that Idols biggest stars were made famous, because of their performances in front of millions of viewers. The same people who later bought their albums and singles. If you can’t catch their interest when your performing on the Idol stage, it goings to be hard to attract them when you put out your debut album later. For example, Season 9 Idol. Lackluster Season + Boring Contestants = Anemic Album Sells

  • mymagoogle

    Thia is going to sing “Ben” and bore the snot out of us again.

  • Tess

    Keep the discussion focused on Season 10, next week’s show, What the kids should sing, etc.

    Sometimes it’s nice to see what has transpired before on AI to get a better feel on what should be sung this week. Since the theme has apparently been overdone it will be interesting to see if different songs appear or if the same old, same old will show up.

    But sorry if correlating things to an earlier season is out of the scope of our discussions.

  • bridgette12

    Ratna12 says:

    Pia should know by now that she is not going anywhere for at least the next 4 weeks, so why not take chances and sing upbeat songs / different than her usual and try to rope in new fans ?
    I don’t get it.

    Pia don’t realize that she’s wasting an opportunity to show what she can do. All I know about her know is that she loves Whitney, Celine and Mariah. If I want to hear Mariah and Whitney, I will put out their greatest hits Cd in my collection. She needs to stop coasting and preening on stage and show some variety. Obviously she don’t know that there has been a lot of women with big voices on this show and very few have made it. There is no garantees whether you finish 1st or tenth, that you will make it in the music business. At this point every week, I expect to hear another ballad from her and it bores me to sleep.

  • bridgette12

    mymagoogle says:

    03/18/2011 at 11:04 am

    Thia is going to sing “Ben” and bore the snot out of us again.

    Your right, probably Ben or maybe Smile. Both songs is her speed, just slow and bland.

  • jammasta

    I think Thia’s fanbase is underestimated by those thinking she’ll be eliminated. Seems like everyone in my Filipino side of the family (and my Filipino friends’ families) are suckers for the types of songs Thia is singing.

    Which means that she might bore everyone else to death but coast along. I… kinda don’t mind that :P.

    Still hoping she steps it up a notch.

    Neither of my two posts yesterday showed up :P. Dammit, I forgot what I said.

    Gist of it: Naima should kill it, and she kinda needs to. Scott, Casey, and Stefano should be fine, each of them has some trace of the soul for these songs (Yes, Scott. His version of Get Ready would’ve been really excellent if he didn’t forget the words, but it sounded good otherwise). Lauren, James and Paul will be very interesting cases. Thia and Pia are in danger of being boring as hell despite their potential (more Thia than Pia). Jacob will be in danger of oversinging and destroying everyone’s ears unless he dials it back, in which case I think it will be amazing. As for Haley, I have a feeling it’ll be her best week and her goodbye week at the same time.

    I might be underestimating her fanbase.

  • flyaway

    I would like to see everyone expand their fan base thise week, i.e. sing something different!!!

    All the commited fans will be voting for their favorite to make the tour (no matter how bad the dancing, Paul) so nows a chance to win some new voters.

    That said: Paul, sit down, strip down (the instruments) and show Stefano he’s not the only heart throb. Jacob, watch Adam’s videos and learn how to make us forget about your sexuality. Casey, something without a growl, please. James, no tail! Even rockers sing soft songs. Scotty, opposite of Paul – move dammit! Stefano can stay the same since Motown will play to his strength.

    Girls – bleh.

  • Nuts 0f Wonder

    My wish list:
    Casey Papa was a Rollin Stone
    Jacob Mercy Mercy Me
    James War
    Hayley Please Mr Postman
    Lauren Shop Around
    Naima Aint nothing like the real thing
    Paul What becomes of the broken hearted
    Pia Aint no mountain high enough
    Scotty My Girl
    Stefano This old heart of mine
    Thia Aint to proud to beg

    What we get instead: you keep me hanging on- might be perfect for Hayley cause she is still hanging in there
    Heatwave… (cant you just see those big flames behind them now), Heard it through the grapevine, or anything by Diana Ross/ Supremes and Stevie Wonder

  • Jx223

    I am glad that they are going to have a Theme next week. And I really like Motown. I think that a having a Theme will make things more interesting and will allow some of the contestants to step outside of their comfort zones. I haven’t always liked every theme that the show has had in the past, but in general I do like it when they have themes. It makes for a more interesting show IMHO. And sometimes contestants who are performing outside of their comfort zone, have a moment on weeks like this.

    I think that Scotty could do well. He really does have a nice voice, i think the type of voice that could sound well singing different genres of music. I thought he sounded the best last night in the group performance when he was singing “Born To Be Wild”. I think that if Scotty chooses a decent song choice for himself, he could end up doing fine, if not quite well.

    I hope that Paul does well, too.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ Zsus

    Here’s a link to the Top 100 (plus a few extra) MoTown hits.

    Top 100 MoTown Hits

    I think that Scotty could take “I Wish It Would Rain” and make a sweet country song.

    Jessie James has a cool acoustic version of “Stop In The Name of Love.” I would love it if James did that. It’s kind of boring if you have to listen to all 3-4 minutes, but cut down to a minute 40 will make it just right.

    I hope Casey doesn’t choose “War.” Too obvious.

  • Nina1

    Hey, mom, what’s Motown?

  • Mary102

    Oh, and gotta say I’m not too sure how well Naima will do. IDK. Her pitch has been so off lately, I’m afraid it might be magnified by one of these gorgeous melodies

  • gangreen29

    Jacob, watch Adam’s videos and learn how to make us forget about your sexuality.

    What?

  • Elliegrll

    Jacob, watch Adam’s videos and learn how to make us forget about your sexuality

    The public voted Jacob into the final round, and after two weeks he hasn’t been in the bottom three. Whatever you think Jacob’s sexuality is, isn’t his problem. Jacob will be hurt by his inability to control his voice, and his propensity to mistake singing louder with sounding good.

  • readon

    Here’s a link to the Top 100 (plus a few extra) MoTown hits.

    Top 100 MoTown Hits

    Thanks Zsus. I has fun with that list so here are my song choices.

    Haley– Heard it through the grapevine
    Pia — Papa was a rolling stone
    Lauren — I want’t you back
    Thia — ABC
    Naima — Love Hangover

    James — Just my imagination
    Scotty — Ain’t to proud to beg
    Stephano — Let’s get it on
    Paul — You are the sunshine of my life
    Casey — Living in the City
    Jacob — What’s going on

  • Miss Chaos

    I hope we dont have to hear all the same old songs we have heard over the last 10 years. Theme night is great, so lets pretend that all the songs are ok to sing not just the same darn 12 songs. Something different, please Nigel, or I will really be getting bored along with about half the viewing audience.

  • TAD

    I like having theme weeks. I think it shows how creative the contestants can be. Who can take a song out of their wheelhouse and make it fit their style? Who can adapt themselves to a theme or adapt a song to their style? True, we’ve had some trainwrecks over the years, but without the theme weeks, we never would have gotten some of the great performances we’ve had either. To me, a contestant always taking a song from the same genre and not changing anything week after week is boring, karaoke and shows zero creativity. I want to see Scotty put a country flavor on non-country songs, and Jacob sing something softer and more in-control, and Naima add a reggae beat to songs, and so on like that for all the contestants. I want to separate those with some musical creativity and know-how from those who are just singing songs. Of course, this also means that the contestants need to learn how to choose songs that haven’t been done to death. And Iovine and his team of producers need to GTFO and let the contestants show me what they are capable of.

  • Mary102

    She needs to stop coasting and preening on stage and show some variety.

    Yes, and in particular I’d love to see Pia actually MOVE on stage! I swear she has yet to move more than a foot all season long. She has to do something uptempo and actually move around. If that means no 6 inch heels next week, so be it.

  • Owlgirl

    I don’t think Motown Week is bad as far as theme weeks go. A huge amount of songs fall under this category, and a lot of them have been covered over the years too.

    Here’s what I think each contestant needs to do this week:

    Thia: Sing something upbeat that shows off a different side of her as a performer. Show more personality onstage.

    Casey: Get away from the growling and do a jazzy number that shows of his musicality. Bring out the upright bass if he’s allowed.

    Jacob: Restraint, restraint, restraint! Remind people there’s a great voice behind all that oversinging.

    Naima: Needs to show people that she’s a good singer and not just a good performer. Should pick something she can sing beautifully without bum notes.

    Scotty: Just needs to take babysteps out of his comfort zone. A countrified version of a Motown hit should be perfect for this.

    Pia: She has a great voice, she just needs to stop playing it so safe. She should get away from power ballads and “diva” type songs, maybe do something with a little bit of a rock edge.

    Stefano: He’s the one contestant who’ll be coming into this week with momentum, and all he has to do is give another great performance and build on that. If he can play the piano this week, he should do that and show a different side to himself as a performer.

    Lauren: Her personality is probably her biggest obstacle, and I think doing something very simple and stripped down could help combat people’s views of her.

    Paul: Do a soft performance, ala Blackbird, sitting on a stool. This should also be a good way to give his voice the rest it seems like it needs. Should bring out his guitar if he can.

    James: He’s still in a pretty good place, and giving a good performance with some restraint is all he needs to do right now.

    Haley: If she wants to stick around, she needs to pick a showstopper. Something that people can’t ignore. If anyone should take risks right now, it’s her, since she has no chance of making it into the top 10 if she’s boring.

  • Breitling24

    I’m guessing Thia will sing either Jennifer Holiday’s “I am Changing” or Jackson 5′s “Who’s Loving You”.

  • HappyDaisy

    Thanks for that list, Zsus.We’re going to get more darn ballads that have already been sung a zillion times on Idol, aren’t we? U-G-H.

    From that list from Zsus, I’d really like to hear:

    Super Freak
    Don’t Leave Me This Way
    Bernadette
    Let it Whip

    Idon’t care who sings what, just up-tempo from everyone, please.

    I know. Not gonna happen. :(

    p.s. The edit function messes up my paragraph breaks. Someone up-thread mentioned same.

  • ptslittlecomment

    Scotty could so easily cover Three Times a Lady – Kenny Rogers had a country hit with it so he might even know it.

  • justshootme

    I’m not sure reggae is a good idea for Naima, but Peter Tosh’s cover of Don’t Look Back (by The Temptations) would work if that’s the direction she wants to go. Whatever she picks, her pitch has got to be spot on or they’ll slam her for sure. I really hope she pulls it out and makes tour.

    Scotty should do Brick House. Obviously.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    Why are they copying themes from season 8?

  • Lexus

    Stefano: If there is a God, he’ll sing Let’s Get It On; however, I think he’ll go for Superstition. A twist on The Love You Save would be cool too.
    James: Papa Was a Rolling Stone
    Pia: Love Child
    Haley: Chain of Fools
    Scotty: Three Times a Lady
    Naima: Upside Down
    Paul: Dock of the Bay
    Lauren: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
    Thia: I’ll Be There or Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand
    Jacob: When a Man Loves a Woman
    Casey: Higher Ground

  • NOLA

    Why are they copying themes from season 8?

    For the same reason that Season 8 copied themes from previous seasons.

  • PamReid

    I think it is probably classic Motown, meaning no current R&B. I have some ideas but need a couple of days to think this over before I post my choices – basketball is getting in the way – LOL. The first song that came to mind for me was Scotty doing Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get it On,” but then I thought about the lyrics and decided they might not be appropriate. I will probably post my list on Sunday.

    BTW, Motown has NOT been done to death on AI – the people that say it has are confusing classic Motown with R&B.

  • bridgette12

    luvadamlambert says:

    03/18/2011 at 5:27 pm

    Why are they copying themes from season 8?

    I don’t think they are copying themes, but they seem to be going back to their last successful season(8) and borrowing some ideas.

  • Willis

    I think the Motown theme is a great idea even if it’s been done before. Some people need to be forced out of their comfort zone in order to truly shine.

    Kind of unrelated, but I think it’s interesting to get a perspective on Idol outside of the ‘overly invested’ online world of AI. I work at a law firm and almost all of my coworkers ages 30-55 watch Idol religiously, but none of them vote. Everybody was shocked that Paul wasn’t even in the bottom three last night. Pia, Casey and Thia seem to be the favorites with some interest in Stefano and James. Scotty and Paul are pretty much mocked on a daily basis. The A/V crew loves to imitate Scotty singing and Paul dancing, and then wonder why they’re on the show. And why the girls keep leaving. Singing Ballads isn’t a turn-off to them. Kind of funny to see the other side.

    Oh, and I’d rather not hear Grapevine again. Done. To. Death.

  • Incipit

    Why are they copying themes from season 8?

    Say what? Seasons 1,2,3,5,8, had Motor City themed weeks. 8 copied from what went before. Why? Dearth of imagination, or lack of a big enough cleared song list for that many contestants in another genre, would be my conclusion.

    Since Iovine & Co is arranging whatever the Idols chose, “if” he approves what they chose – It doesn’t matter to me what over-produced MoTown Kareoke he serves up.

    Anyway – No more Theme Weeks, except for when there are theme weeks is just like ‘Never, Ever sing Mariah Carey’ – except for when we have a Mariah Carey week.

    In other words, TPTB are full of ‘stuff’ – always have been.

    IMO. Of Course

  • Q3

    I like theme weeks — and although I do not think Motown has been done to death, I think it is not a very imaginative or creative theme. I would really prefer a contemporary R&B theme or if they want a heritage week give them a blues songlist — that would give the contestants some more room to be creative with their arrangements (assuming that they will let them have their own ideas!)

    Tess, I corrected my post. All I can say is DUH! How could I miss that!

  • Lexus

    Personally, I loved the Michael Jackson themed week in Season 8. Imagine all the material to choose from. The man was the best entertainer of all time for a reason.

  • OldHag

    Kind of unrelated, but I think it’s interesting to get a perspective on Idol outside of the ‘overly invested’ online world of AI. I work at a law firm and almost all of my coworkers ages 30-55 watch Idol religiously, but none of them vote. Everybody was shocked that Paul wasn’t even in the bottom three last night.

    Same here.

    Pia, Casey and Thia seem to be the favorites with some interest in Stefano and James.

    Same on Pia, not so much Casey, and even less so Thia, although they all think she is talented.

    Scotty and Paul are pretty much mocked on a daily basis. The A/V crew loves to imitate Scotty singing and Paul dancing, and then wonder why they’re on the show.

    True on Paul and the exact opposite of true on Scotty. Some are saying they are looking forward to seeing what his album sounds like. But then again – I live in the South and there are lots of country fans around.

    And why the girls keep leaving. Singing Ballads isn’t a turn-off to them. Kind of funny to see the other side.

    Singing ballads is not an issue apparently, but so far they have zero objection to the girls that have gone home. It’s more like they wonder why no talented girls try out.

  • nadski

    well i think haley and naima will always be the bottom 2…the others have quite their fanbases so unless they bomb…can’t see too much surprises.
    naima would be the weakest link if we were basing this on voice and a singing contest (but we know it’s not just about singing on A1). i feel haley may bounce back with a very soulful bluesy number….naima will really need to bouce back with no pitch problems and i really can’t see that happening in one week when she has been consistently pitchy.

  • IndyMuse

    What about Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stefano and What Becomes of the Brokenhearted (in lower register) for Scotty? Other than that, I got nothin’.

    Hope no one is silly enough to try Hello!

  • HR

    Idol has a long history of using these types of songs in theme weeks that predates season 8. Most of these themes have been recycled for years. Clothes are recycled. Choreograhy is used again. Hair extensions have even been used again. Lighting, background, comments used to pimp certain contestants or tear down others have been used over and over. This is why casting is so important to the show’s success. It’s the one mandatory element that must be changed every year and never recycled. You might have people that remind you of prior contestants but they are still different people and the show rises and falls on how talented the audience believes they are and how entertained the audience is by their act.

    I’ve liked this theme in the past but with a group of people I think are talented but terrible with song selection I think this theme could be problematic. I feel they need to be forced into a theme where this weakness won’t undermine them.

  • PamReid

    IndyMuse says:
    03/18/2011 at 7:47 pm
    What about Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stefano and What Becomes of the Brokenhearted (in lower register) for Scotty? Other than that, I got nothin’.Hope no one is silly enough to try Hello!

    I actually think Jacob might try “Hello.” Just a hunch.

  • iluvai

    Just wondering. How do you guys know people have fanbases or how big they are? Everyone said Andrew Garcia had a fanbase and he didn’t win???Honestly, I do not get who would be a fan of Paul or Casey or Naima, especially after their last performances. And why are people saying these guys better bring it next week!!! They need to kill it!!! Why do they get a pass on their suckiness. I just don’t get that. I don’t see Haley as the weak link in this. I hope she makes top 10.

  • Owlgirl

    Just wondering. How do you guys know people have fanbases or how big they are? Everyone said Andrew Garcia had a fanbase and he didn’t win???Honestly, I do not get who would be a fan of Paul or Casey or Naima, especially after their last performances. And why are people saying these guys better bring it next week!!! They need to kill it!!! Why do they get a pass on their suckiness. I just don’t get that. I don’t see Haley as the weak link in this. I hope she makes top 10.

    Andrew Garcia had a big enough fanbase to make it to 8th/9th place despite not having a strong performance since Stand Up in Hollywood week. A big fanbase can only take you to a point, as contestants who do well will pick up more and more votes each week.

    My assumptions about fanbases come from all sorts of places. Facebook and Twitter followers, the amount of ratings for their music on iTunes, online polls, comments on blogs, things like that. In the case of Paul, I also assume his fanbase is very large since his band’s album is currently charting.

    I want to see everyone bring it next week. This is a talented bunch, and I think they’re all capable of delivering strong performances. It’s a much better competition if everyone is kicking ass.

  • iluvai

    I want to see everyone bring it next week. This is a talented bunch, and I think they’re all capable of delivering strong performances. It’s a much better competition if everyone is kicking ass.

    Thanks. My point is that they all should have brought something by now…This group is not kicking ass by half. I just don’t get why some of them are still here.

  • platoken

    they seem to be going back to their last successful season(8)

    I wouldn’t call season 8 successful. It was successful compared to season 9, but not compared to the seasons before it. It had the lowest ratings, the lowest selling winner, and the worst gender inbalance since season 3. Even the runner-up couldn’t achieve platinum.

  • Willis

    Season 8 was fairly successful. At least I was entertained. True it became a sausage fest pretty early on, but it did not have the lowest selling winner, yet. That honor belongs to Mr. Beige himself. TBH, if Lambert wasn’t in S8, it would have been as forgettable as S9, for me for you.

  • Falfor

    Great upbeat songs from this era.
    Thia – Dancing in the Street – Martha and the Vandella’s
    Pia – Ain’t no mountain high enough – Marvin Gaye
    Haley- Love Hangover – Diana Ross
    Naima – Stop in the name of love – Supreme’s
    Lauren – No where to run – Martha and the Vandella’s
    Scott – Baby I need your lovin – 4 tops
    or
    I cant get next to you- Temptations
    James – Shotgun – Jr Walker and All Stars
    Stephano – 2nd that emotion – Smokey Robinson and Miracles
    Casey – Ball of Confusion
    Paul – Money – Barrett Strong
    Jacob – Ain’t too proud to beg – Temptations
    or
    This old heart of mine – Isley Brothers

  • PamReid

    ptslittlecomment says:
    03/18/2011 at 4:20 pm
    Scotty could so easily cover Three Times a Lady – Kenny Rogers had a country hit with it so he might even know it.

    I like this idea. I had the song on work in progress list for someone else, but I am going to think about it for Scotty – too bad they aren’t listening as there have been some good points made here. For the most part, go upbeat and forget the slow ballads.

  • Mynamea

    Scotty should sing “Bring it on home to me” by Sam Cooke and make it a country ballad. Or he will do the country version of “Stand by Me” that Mickey Gilley did.

  • Mynamea

    Scotty could also do “Who’s Lovin You?” by the Jackson 5.

  • PamReid

    I notice in this thread that several people have mentioned Otis Redding and Sam Cooke songs as suggestions for Motown week. I have to point out the neither artist was Motown – they were both southern soul. If this theme really is Motown, Redding and Cooke cuts would not qualify.

  • PamReid

    I don’t know if anyone is still reading this thread, since it has moved so far down – and I don’t guess it matters since we all have opinions as to what would be best for the kids to sing. I have listened to every single top Motown hit from the classic era, I have listened to covers of a lot of those recordings. I had a blast listening and remembering those great songs. My conclusion is this – it the right singer picks the right song, there could be a true moment – or this week could be a train wreck. I cannot predict and even suggest – just too many variables.

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