Here are my picks for the American Idol 12 Top 10 Idols this week. The theme is “Music of the American Idols” and includes songs the winners covered on the show and their post-Idol music.
I tried to mix it up a little, creating unlikely pairs. I’m pretty certain it will be a sea of Carrie and Kelly covers with a little Fanty and Ruben thrown in, but it doesn’t hurt to try!
Janelle Arthur – “Little Sparrow” by Dolly Parton (performed by David Cook Dolly Parton week) – Janelle played Dolly Parton when she was a little girl, so it seemed natural to pair her with the legend. David Cook’s “Little Sparrow” is an unappreciated gem, in my book.
Candice Glover – “Collard Greens and Cornbread” by Fantasia – This tune has a lovely throwback vibe an opportunities to show off big vocals.
Kree Harrison – “I Know You Won’t” by Carrie Underwood (Bonus: Kelly Clarkson has covered this song). I think Kree could kill with this heartfelt ballad.
Amber Holcomb – “No Air” by Jordin Sparks – It was a duet with Chris Brown, originally, but it doesn’t have to be.
Angela Miller – “Sober” by Kelly Clarkson – The melody is right in Angela’s wheelhouse. Plus, the song’s theme of overcoming adversity has spiritual overtones.
Lazaro Arbos – “The Vision of Love” by Kris Allen – Lazaro is an inspiration to his fans, so why not sing an inspirational song. Here’s one that doesn’t make me want to claw my eyes out. Bonus points: The music video had a bullying theme.
Curtis Finch, Jr. – “In The Midnight Hour” by Wilson Picket (Covered by Phillip Phillips Songs from Now and Then)
Paul Jolley – “Country Comfort” by Elton John – (Performed by Scotty McCreery Elton John Week)
Burnell Taylor – “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke (Taylor Hicks covered Great American Songbook week)
Devin Velez – “I Need an Angel” by Ruben Studdard – It’s a gospel song–maybe Devin can translate part of it into Spanish