American Idol 12 Spoilers: Next Week's Theme is Motown

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Next week’s American Idol theme is Motown Or so says The Idol Pad

Kree Harrison told a reporter recently that she really wanted to tackle a Motown theme. And this should be right up Amber Holcomb and Candice Glover’s alley.

That it’s another super tired theme is another blog post…

 
  • Mateja Praznik

    YAWN.

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  • girlygirltoo

    Oh joy, another tired theme. Although on the upside, at least we SHOULD get more uptempo songs. Right??????

  • irockhard

    I’ll say it again: Lythgoe and Warwick must be sh!tcanned!

  • curly_yenta

    Motown! Now there’s a new idea! Hahaha! Poor Idol…. drowning without an ore in sight.

  • http://twitter.com/JanelMcG Whitney

    Oh boy, there aren’t many contestants this season who can sing from their soul… they’re too nervous… This is gonna be a train wreck.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matteo-Rodrigo/1340430528 Matteo Rodrigo

    The shows ratings keep declining and they have a weak top 10..The Voice returns Monday with 2 new coaches who already are getting rave reviews. I’m not going to be surprised if they beat Idol in ratings. Yet Nigel and company can’t come up with a single NEW theme week? We’re gonna get the same songs we hear every year and the inevitable comparisons. So get ready for more Stevie Wonder (sign, sealed) ; Supremes, Diana Ross, Smokey, Lionel etc…… Zzzzzzzzzzzzz… Have next week be SONG OF THE JUDGES… Maybe some would share it up

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matteo-Rodrigo/1340430528 Matteo Rodrigo

    Shake it up altho ballades would pick Mariah and country Keith so don’t know if anyone would redo nicki but could be interesting if judges give some honesty. Mariah never criticizes… And mimics Randy

  • http://www.facebook.com/marimarpr Marimar Rios

    Why can’t they choose a more current theme? What’s the point on having the contestants sing all these old songs that they obviously won’t sing if/when they release an album. Old folks aren’t the only ones who watch the show. What’s for next week? Polka? Smh.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    There were some pleasant surprises with The Beatles music this week. Maybe someone will find a treasure to sing. Motown’s catalog is huge. They need to find songs that haven’t been over done. I like the theme. I do not like it limited to 20 songs.

  • http://twitter.com/happylittlefish Amy Beth

    I like Motown, but you know they’re just going to pick the same songs.

    How about some kind of twist? Secret Santa week–songs chosen by another contestant!

  • ptebwwong

    People complain about the Beatles theme. I think there’s themes that have been more done to death such as Motown that Idol fans and viewers should complain about.

  • girlygirltoo

    I’m going to volunteer my services to AI to be their official theme week thinker upper. I won’t even make them pay me!

    Seriously, I love Motown. I love the Beatles. They have some classic, iconic, wonderful songs. No one is going to deny that. But, instead of Motown, why not cover the songs of some of the CURRENT artists whose music is influenced by Motown…instead of the Beatles, why not cover songs by current artists who were influenced by them? There are lots of current artists who were influenced by these icons…and by covering the current artists the theme would be at least a little fresher

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    It really seems to me that none of these contestants are really stepping outside of their comfort zones. Most “stars” aren’t afraid to push the limit and at least show some versatility. Brunell…ballads…Angie…ballad/pageant stuff. Lazaro I can’t even bring myself to comment on lol. Candice is the only one who has a little fire in her that at least makes for a nice performance to watch. I think Idol is seriously becoming a pastime sort of like Dick Clarks American Bandstand, minus the stars! They should at least do songs from the 2000′s instead of Motown.

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    oh dear… is there a more overdone theme?… if so I imagine Nigel has that lined up for the following week…

    immediate thoughts… they are probably only able to pick from the same songs done on previous Motown weeks… so i wonder which unfortunate girl will draw the Heatwave short straw!! … even though I naturally think of Motown as up-tempo there are still lots of ballads for Angie & whichever of the boys are left to chose from… ugh

  • Anny_nanny

    Of course! And this week was the week of rock-n-roll, we just do not notice it. *corrected a blanket and a pillow*

  • http://twitter.com/bignliddle BigNLiddle

    This is the one theme I told them *not* to do in that Fox/Idol survey I was emailed :-/

  • http://twitter.com/bignliddle BigNLiddle

    In season 2 for the top 3 (or 4?) week, they picked a song out of a bowl. Maybe that’s the way they need to go.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    I’ll sign the petition that demands you be appointed Theme Week Thinker Upper.

    TPTB’s efforts to recreate the magic of early Idol years by recycling songs and themes shows an extreme lack of grokking audiences. As a fan of the show… well, when I watched Iron Chef, no matter how delighted I was with squid ice cream, I did not want Squid Battle every. single. week. The SURPRISE in the themes was a big part of the excitement.

    As a music fan, for the price of a beer and maybe a nominal cover charge, I can see new talent perform original music every night of the week (and I’m tempted to pick a week and prove it). Staying home to see people sing covers of the same ol’ list of hits from my parents’ and grandparents’ generation does not compete well as a source of music discovery.

  • Patrick Tang

    Ugh, not only done to death, but also a catalog that is probably older than the parents of the contestants. What is wrong with the following themes?

    - Current Billboard hits
    - Contestants idols (some will choose old songs, but they probably can connect to it)
    - Rock theme (slighter chance of picking a ballad)
    - Songs from this decennium (2010-now)

    And even if the producers chose to do Motown, why didn’t they considered Disco? Same era, but more fun, upbeat songs to choose from.

  • rachelwillie78

    I have a great solution for those complaining. Don’t watch. Sheesh. Who cares that it’s been done?

  • http://www.facebook.com/marimarpr Marimar Rios

    I think the reason we don’t see the contestants sing current hits its because of the costs associated with the clearing of the songs. Since these old songs have already been cleared they simply keep repeating these themes to death.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marimarpr Marimar Rios

    You must not want the show to do well if all you can suggest is that FANS of the show who are disappointed with the themes chosen simply don’t watch.

  • lizland

    Glad I’m on vacation and won’t be able to watch!

  • jpfan2

    I love Motown but what a bad choice after Beatles week. So I assume that means no guest mentors and lots and lots of opportunities for songs done to death. Are the producers just giving up?

  • rachelwillie78

    If you hate the show so much, why are you still watching?

  • http://www.randrambles.com Rand

    I love Motown!

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    The bad news: This theme is overdone. I mean just damn.

    The good news: Just like with the Beatles, these songs have great bones and can be updated. Unlike with the Beatles, a lot of these are “singer’s songs”. So the contestants should be able to put together a good 90 seconds of varying tempos and moods from this.

    They really need to go modern next week, or I might just have to disappear in a puddle of tears out of frustration. I’ll be curled up in a little ball in the corner of my bedroom, clutching a Nigel voodoo doll and a jar of straight pins, ordering some rope, a chainsaw, a can of bleach, arabian fire ants and the directions to Nigel’s house from the Internet.

    Too much? Okay, I’ll just be a little pouty. Still Nigel, do better next week.

  • irockhard

    Oh I’ll join you in thinking up a dozen better themes. I’ll even through in a few cheesy themes like Disney Week, as long as the theme has NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE!!!!

  • rachelwillie78

    Better than a bubble gum pop One Direction theme.

  • Mateja Praznik

    Actually, having a theme of bubble gum pop would be refreshing.

  • rachelwillie78

    As long as they give great performances then who cares? Most viewers have a short term memory anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/mcdeallover Sunny Mc

    Wow, this is the theme they use to compete with The Voice next week? To make Idol look new and fresh and relevant? Good luck with that!

  • forwarddad

    What Themes do people want? Keeping in mind many artists won’t clear their songs

  • Nathan

    This season is really boring me out of head. Love Motown but why this theme again?

  • forwarddad

    No way Disney will clear their songs en masse.

  • Nathan

    Maybe Top 40 of 2012? or 2011 or 2010? Heck I’d be even glad if it’s at least top 40 of 2005. Haha :-)

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    except that most of these contestants would turn something like ‘oops I did it again’ or ‘what makes you beautiful’ into funeral dirges!!

  • ReginaFilange

    Unlike the Beatles, though, almost every single Motown hit has been sung at least once on Idol, and a lot have been sung multiple times.

    At this point I can’t even understand why they bother with theme weeks at all. Which of these kids would voluntarily choose For Once In My Life over a sung from the past 20 years?

  • jjose712

    Not exactly a exciting theme, not because i don’t like Motown (i like) but this is not new. I would prefer an 80′s or 90′s night, at least the variety of song will be huge

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    all they need to do is have broader themes, that give the contestants more ability to pick something that a) suits them and b) hasn’t been done numerous times before…. off the top of my head its as simple as themes like:
    - 21st century songs
    - songs featured in films
    - love songs
    - number 1 hits
    - your personal idol
    that’s without even more obvious genre themes like rock/pop/RnB/country etc…
    weird thing is they have done these broad themes before… so not sure why they are being so limiting now… money perhaps?

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  • mjsbigblog

    ABC owns Disney. They won’t clear for a rival network. Glee has already tried

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    wishful thinking… previous Motown weeks have included the following slow songs… Easy, Ben, My Cherie Amour, Ooh baby baby, Lately, Touch me in the morning… it really depends on how the contestants pick… or I should say, what they are given to pick from…

  • irockhard

    I’ve seen the list of cleared songs, it is MASSIVE, and more than half of those songs have never been performed. All they have to do is permanently removed every song that’s been performed more than x2, and they can work from there.

  • Tess

    Yep, lots of good music in the bubble gum genre. Sorry, that type of music lost its luster before I hit puberty and I don’t think anyone outside of some teeny boppers would call it music to begin with.

  • irockhard

    Thumbs down for ABC BTW not you MJ. Well I’m not sad about that, I can think of plenty other themes.

  • curly_yenta

    Because I love to watch a sinking ship. LOL

  • jumpstart4u

    oh joy …

  • http://www.facebook.com/marimarpr Marimar Rios

    They should just do away with the themes completely. What’s the point of having a country artist sing a song from Motown? Or an R&B artist sing a Frank Sinatra song? How does that help people visualize the type of artist the contestants want to be?

    There’s a reason why Idols haven’t been selling that many records anymore and I feel like it might have to do with the fact that during the competition they are forced to sing songs that are completely different from the songs they end up releasing when they put out their albums.

    I’d say eliminate the themes completely and let the contestants pick a song (hopefully current) from the genre they see themselves sticking to as artists. No artist can have a career these days singing Motown songs, Beatle songs, songs from the 1940s, etc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marimarpr Marimar Rios

    Seriously! Do an *Nsync week, Christina Aguilera week, BSB week, boybands from the *Nsync-BSB era week, etc. Sure it would be corny but I think it would at least be refreshing. And yes, the fact that suggesting a theme based on songs from 1998-2002 would be something refreshing should speak volumes on how “current” their themes are right now.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Other way around — Disney is the parent company and ABC is the subsidiary. That distinction makes no difference at all for your point about not clearing songs for rival network, though.

  • alt28023

    Another chance to tackle a Haley Reinhart song. What is that now, 6 over the last two seasons? Kidding, but seriously this was the exact theme 2 seasons ago.

  • curly_yenta

    Oh really? I’d love an hour of old Osmonds, David Cassidy, Monkees, Archies and NKOTB classic bubblegum! Angie and her double, Marie Osmond – and her teeth, could fit right in! ;) #dream_theme

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    Another overdone theme. Where is your originality Nigel!?

  • mjsbigblog

    Oh right. My bad. Still…

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    If I was a artist, I would love to clear my songs for people. More exposure equals more money.

  • mjsbigblog

    Well, I’m as old as dirt, and I can appreciate a well crafted pop song, which is what many bubble gum songs are.

    And if I were ambitious, I could find critics who agree with me.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TP6FDKZWZZOESHA5DCZVTU24T4 JasonG

    We should just bombard Nigel’s twitter with tweets about how we hate the theme. Maybe that will wake him up and have better themes. Anyway isn’t the motown theme just a rumor? So we don’t know if it is 100% confirmed. Maybe there will be a different theme for next week.

  • too-cool-for-school

    I say no more themes also. It was once a good way to add structure to the show and it was fun when they would have a variety of guest mentors that went along with that particular theme, and it seemed like they had a lot more songs to choose from. Now times have changed, the themes have been done over and over again, very few interesting mentors since Jimmy got on board (none this season, apparently?), and all of the other singing shows seem with ease to get very current songs and choices that suit their contestants best and make for a more interesting, believable show. True, some artists don’t clear their songs, but a lot of them do. I think Idol just doesn’t want to deal with having to clear them even if given the chance. Lazy and stubborn is the problem with our producers.

    The themes Idol goes for screw over so many contestants. Too old, too redundant, too insanely boring. If they could choose what they wanted, then we might have a show again. These contestants look absolutely miserable and I’m miserable watching them, so something has to change.

  • standtotheright

    He Said/She Said. Every contestant has to sing a song from an artist of a different gender. Open, flexible, automatically reduces the charges of karaoke.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    I want a 90′s night. The 90′s had some incredible music.

  • vdawg

    Nooooo. PLEASE stop the same old crappy themes. Please I cannot take it anymore. I can see ratings going down down down. Why can’t they just do current stuff, even if I do not know the songs, it can’t be as bad as last night.

  • too-cool-for-school

    A comedy of errors, this show has become this season. SMH

  • too-cool-for-school

    I’m sure there is and I am sure we will get it again. Queen week, maybe, instead of rock week? Songs from the year you were born, which is usually a trainwreck? Nigel won’t disappoint on this very disappointing front.

  • iani

    Well, I said in the recap-thread, the executive producers are getting older along with the show, with no sign at he horizon they try to make some “good” cosmetics the show to look fresher. Simon Fuller should step somehow if he wants to save the show he created, with all the ratings going down every week, this should be more of a “mayday, somebody save me, now” line of a song, change something, modernize the old if you stuck with same themes every other year; with so restricted number of song-selection for idols, hire some or new musical assistant(s) for the contenders to help with the selections based on they vocal abilities, some are talented with no musical experience like many others in the industry actually, the difference is, they are live in a competition aiming to make a living in the music industry than other with no experience but already with nice bank-accounts. .

  • b_james

    Wow.

  • durbesque

    I dozed off a few times during last night’s show. I’m trying to determine at what points exactly. I ff through the commercials, so it wasn’t them….which leaves Jimmie/songs/critiques. I think it was toward the ends of songs. It’s really hard to know exactly when sleep happens.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Nah, that won’t do any good. Nigel will just call you a “moron”. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Oh oh. Lazaro + Motown = massive trainwreck. lol

  • http://twitter.com/bluinjewin Landon Cox

    Didn’t Ruben sing A Whole New World and Jordin/Hollie/others sing Reflection?

  • http://twitter.com/bluinjewin Landon Cox

    Or it’ll be like in season nine when they started doing teen idols week and switched horses midstream to billboard #1s and it was mostly a trainwreck

  • irockhard

    No we should instead tweet to FOX: #fireLythgoe&Warwick

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    oh please make them stop with these themes! Gordy’s Motown Review is on Broadway now, do you think this was pre-planned?

  • hcpoirot

    Nigel and others probably just too lazy to think of a theme. Beatles then Motown? Idol need fresh and younger viewers. By creating the same theme over and over again will not cut it anymore.

    Wake up. This is 2013. They should come out with more current theme like Lady gaga and Rihanna songs or Alicia Keys and Usher or Justin Timberlake and even Britney Spears.

    No wonder the rating didnot increase even without Modern family compete in it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TP6FDKZWZZOESHA5DCZVTU24T4 JasonG

    true haha

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TP6FDKZWZZOESHA5DCZVTU24T4 JasonG

    simon fuller needs to be more involved next year to save his show.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    The Motown Broadway show started last week, that may be why the theme….or it could be that Nigel just has no clue what is relevant today with music.

  • MyDailyComment

    An old theme is good because it gives the idols that know who they are as an aritst the opportunity to do a new arrangement of an old song and have a special moment. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen on the beatles show. But there was no reason someone couldn’t have changed up the songs and made it stellar.

  • mmb

    They will never do a theme week of a current artists songs because in general they don’t have a big enough catalog of well known songs to choose from. Gaga has only released 2 1/2 albums; Timberlake is just now on his 3rd. That being said, come on Idol producers….there is a big world out there between the tired have been done 3/4 times already themes and Lady Gaga night.

  • hayes

    I do too, but I’m sure the closest we’ll ever get is Songs From The Year You Were Born.

  • http://twitter.com/ColtonsBatgirl Nicole Overstreet

    Seriously what are these producers on when they think up these themes? Can you see why Idol keeps losing viewers! They need to choose more current themes. A theme I wouldn’t mind is something like the 80′s or maybe even 90′s. I think there were some pretty good songs during those two decades. Or maybe Guilty Pleasures (I DON;T KNOW ANYMORE). Just give us something other than this Motown stuff. I am at the point where I am about to give up with this show. It’s not keeping my interest like the past two seasons have really done.

  • EvenMoreron

    I can just see the upcoming weeks: Songs from the Movies, Elvis, Year You Were Born, Elton John …

  • http://twitter.com/ColtonsBatgirl Nicole Overstreet

    If they do the year they were born one more time I am gonna scream! That is another theme that is being played out way too much on this show, just like this Beatles week,

  • http://twitter.com/ColtonsBatgirl Nicole Overstreet

    I will deff sign that petition to make you the theme week thinker, We need someone to think of some good themes, Cause these theme weeks get crappier and crappier each year, In the past these judges keep saying some of the contestants need to sing more current songs. Well how can they when these producers give them themes like this?

  • chillj

    I’m gonna guess old songs are also cheaper?

  • chillj

    Even for old songs, there are a lot of good songs they miss, because of their recurring themes; I didn’t realize that until I listened to PBS during pledge week. I think they just don’t want to pay for new songs. I suspect they also think it does not matter: It does.

  • Mateja Praznik

    Simon Fuller? Are we talking about the same guy who gave Jessica “I Have Nothing” to sing on Idol finale last year?

    Yeah, just no.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    YES to the boybands or Xtina/Rihanna week.

  • EB

    Nooooo! But I can see it happening too. >_<

  • curly_yenta

    In other words, crappy songs? At least these older songs were great and stand the test of time.

  • http://twitter.com/Lutrell4 Ira

    Sigh! Motown-again! Love the soundtrack of my youth,but they’ve gone to the well one time too many,and it’s starting to come up dry. If we must, I propose they narrow the works they can choose from….For example, the music of:

    1. Norman Whitfield, one of the under appreciated pillars from the golden age of Motown Records. If all he’d ever done was co-write I Heard It Through the Grapevine (with frequent partner Barrett “Money” Strong), Norman Whitfield would still be remembered as a genius of soul, but he also composed some of my favorite under-appreciated early Motown tracks like Marvin Gaye’s Pride & Joy, Too Many Fish in the Sea for the Marvelettes and Needle In a Haystack by the Velvelettes before hitting his stride with the Temptations and an enviable streak of singles that included Ain’t Too Proud to Beg, (I Know) I’m Losing You and the later, heavier (and socially conscious) sounds of Psychedelic Shack, Cloud Nine and Ball of Confusion. Then there’s that song that always seems to get trundled out during Republican administrations, Edwin Starr’s War.

    2.Nick Ashford, who with Valerie Simpson, , wrote some of Motown’s biggest hits, like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” before they remade their careers as a recording and touring duo.

    3. The Works of Marvin Gaye

  • http://twitter.com/Lutrell4 Ira

    On the contrary, only a select number of Motown hits have been performed multiple times. There are songs by Ashford and Simpson, Norman Whitfield, Willie Hutch, Marvin Gaye, Jr. Walker, Rare Earth, The J5, 4Tops, The Miracles,Gladys Knight, etc., that have never been performed. For the cheapskates, some are now in the public domain.

  • Incipit

    WNTS is being super generous, and adding all sorts of Data Points from their research to the pages over there – - but they have yet to collate the Theme Weeks, and that would be really interesting, I think.

    I would like to see a list, and I would like to see them rated by frequency of use, and by popularity, and by age of the songs used, and by ratings from the Idolsphere, are they still rating higher for older songs? And anything else anyone could think of, actually.

    I think there’s a pattern, and less repetition in some areas than we think – and much more repetition in other areas than we have ever noticed – - but I’m too lazy to collect this myself. Heh. I think some of these must be successful to Idol’s goals, whether we as the audience like them or not. I wanna know is it the broad or the narrow themes that produce the highest scoring songs…and how do the theme weeks relate to viewer numbers in any given week – is there a pattern there?

    I guess it’s obvious. The last bunch of years, the cast has mostly bored me to bits….now I ‘m looking at the internal clockwork mechanism of the show.
    At least that’s still interesting! *snerk* @ Myself.

  • irockhard

    They did 80s last season but unfortunately it didn’t feature songs that are fun and entertaining to watch, i.e. the hair metal genre.

  • irockhard

    Single artist themes, now that right there is the first mistake. How about a pop icons theme (MJ, Cher, Madonna, Prince), or a girl/boy band theme (so many from the 90s and onwards)? I can’t believe I’m even suggesting themes like this but at this point I just want themes that are DIFFERENT.

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    but will any of those be on the ‘list’ of 20 songs they can pick from… i’m guessing not after this week.

  • http://twitter.com/happylittlefish Amy Beth

    Have all of this year’s contestants graduated High School yet? How about “Songs from My Prom”? All the songs would be from the last decade.

  • http://twitter.com/Lutrell4 Ira

    What about variations on the old themes? Instead of the music from the year you were born, lets go American Graffiti,and do songs released while you were in high school. Songs from your prom? Allow the songs to have regional success. Things that were hitting in Oliver, Tennessee would be much different from those charting in New Orleans or Chicago.

  • iani

    Lol, the London’s “fog” all over the American Idol! (thinking of all English guys who are involved with the show).

  • http://twitter.com/Lutrell4 Ira

    Maybe this weeks fiasco shook up TPTB,and they will be more wiling to provide the singers more latitude Also, considering Motown is a whole lot more popular in American small towns than Lennon-McCartney, the kids may be more vested in their picks.

  • http://twitter.com/Lutrell4 Ira

    It’s interesting the choices you made regarding “bubble gum pop”….What came to mind for me was, “New Edition”, Jackson 5,The Electric Company and 5 Stair steps and the Sylvers

  • http://twitter.com/IkeMendes Henrique Mendes

    A little bit disappointed. Tired of this theme and I think the only motown song that i like is Papa was a Rolling stone. I think Kree could rock that! Angie will sing “Keep me hanging on” and Candice is gonna sing “All in love is fair”

  • standtotheright

    Yes (a point that I don’t think has been given enough credit). Miller is 19 but she could have done a junior prom.

  • http://twitter.com/IkeMendes Henrique Mendes

    probably‚ but I thing he could do a good job on “tracks of my tears”

  • standtotheright

    Assuming that all current music is crappy and beneath interpretation is just as limiting as assuming that decades-old songs aren’t worth knowing when developing a musicial education.

  • http://twitter.com/Lutrell4 Ira

    Yeah,but they should have some guts when they make the theme selections: Songs from Black Exploitation Films of the 70s; Not Elvis,but Chuck Berry; if Elvis, do Elvis does gospel…..

  • EvenMoreron

    One of my favorite moments from The X Factor was when they did the movie theme and Simon said, “From the hit movie, You, Me and Dupree …”

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    i’d like to believe that was true… but did top 10 / idols songs week was an even bigger fiasco… and they fell back to same themes they’ve been doing since Pop Idol launched in 2001…

  • Livi2

    I like the idea of a pan-generational bubble-gum theme — give the contestants a decent list of songs from a whole variety of eras, and let them decide how to situate themselves. I’d love to see the show bring together a mix of recent hits, retro throwbacks, and creative “updates” to older songs, while still spotlighting some kind of common thread among them.

  • Karen C

    If they are going to do older music, Motown is probably a better theme for them since there are so many R&B and pop singers this year. I’m hoping they know the music better. Hopefully they pick some up tempo songs, also. Wonder especially what Janelle and Kree will pick, though some R&B songs can be arranged into Country songs.
    I’m hoping they have newer themes after this.

  • taylor

    No, in other words, songs that will become the classic songs in the future.
    A song that is fifty years old isn’t necessarily any better than some of the hit songs we’ve had in the last 10-15 years. Fifty years ago, the older generation were calling the “songs that stood the test of time” crappy songs.

  • Karen C

    How does that help people visualize the type of artist the contestants want to be?

    A contestant can rearrange a song to show what kind of artist they will be. Like Adam Lambert with Ring of Fire, David Cook with just about everything including Little Sparrow, and Always Be my Baby, Kris Allen with Heartless and She Works Hard for the Money. Adam Lambert isn’t country, David Cook is neither country or R&B, and Kris Allen isn’t disco or hip hop, but they were all able to take a song, and show what kind of artist they are with their arrangements of the songs, and these were all sucessful. I am not seeing much of that anymore on the show.

  • taylor

    How about SWTFYL (sing whatever the fuck you like) night? Why does there have to be a theme every week?

  • Weebs787

    wasn’t there a theme like this a few seasons ago and they changed it last minute? I think it was season 9 or else I’m magically making this up in my head.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathleen-Moore/100001271239732 Kathleen Moore

    Hmm. Chuck Berry Week. I’ll give my 50 supervotes to Lazaro if he would sing “My Dingaling.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathleen-Moore/100001271239732 Kathleen Moore

    Hmm. Chuck Berry Week. I’ll give my 50 supervotes to Lazaro if he would sing “My Dingaling.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathleen-Moore/100001271239732 Kathleen Moore

    Sorta. :) Team idol week. Season 9. With Miley Cyrus as mentor. The Idols bickered about who would sing what, that Ken just changed the theme midweek to “Number Ones.” Even though Miley has never had a number one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathleen-Moore/100001271239732 Kathleen Moore

    Sorta. :) Team idol week. Season 9. With Miley Cyrus as mentor. The Idols bickered about who would sing what, that Ken just changed the theme midweek to “Number Ones.” Even though Miley has never had a number one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marimarpr Marimar Rios

    And what’s the point of having a theme then when the contestant is going to rearrange the song so it fits his/her style anyways? Why have a country week theme when contestants leaning towards R&B for example, will simply rearrange the song so it sounds R&Bish? Why have a Motown week when contestants who sing country will simply rearrange the song so it sounds country?

    I think the contestants are better off showing who they are as artists by being able to choose whatever song they want and then just performing the heck out of it. We’re looking for the next American Idol, not the next American Producer/Arranger.

    ETA: I think its interesting to note that with the exception of Adam Lambert, the contestants you mentioned who were able to rearrange their songs to their styles are the WGWGs. Id’d say thanks but no thanks. I’m not impressed by any of the WGWGs, well maybe David Cook since back when he did his thing it was something new.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marimarpr Marimar Rios

    And what’s the point of having a theme then when the contestant is going to rearrange the song so it fits his/her style anyways? Why have a country week theme when contestants leaning towards R&B for example, will simply rearrange the song so it sounds R&Bish? Why have a Motown week when contestants who sing country will simply rearrange the song so it sounds country?

    I think the contestants are better off showing who they are as artists by being able to choose whatever song they want and then just performing the heck out of it. We’re looking for the next American Idol, not the next American Producer/Arranger.

    ETA: I think its interesting to note that with the exception of Adam Lambert, the contestants you mentioned who were able to rearrange their songs to their styles are the WGWGs. Id’d say thanks but no thanks. I’m not impressed by any of the WGWGs, well maybe David Cook since back when he did his thing it was something new.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marimarpr Marimar Rios

    Hahaha I was a huge fan of *Nsync, BSB, Christina, Britney, Jessica Simpson, O-Town, BBMak, heck I even liked the fake-boyband 2gether from MTV! So that’s why those were my choices for bubblegum pop. I loved that era :).

  • jcabby

    Hmmm, I wonder if that week is to coincide with the promotion of the new broadway show here in NYC of Motown.

    There should be a huge library to choose from. I hope it’s not just a list of 20 songs.

  • Incipit

    “I’ve seen the list of cleared songs, it is MASSIVE, and more than half of those songs have never been performed.”

    I downloaded the pdf file when The Idol Pad link was posted here, irockhard, and I just collected the link for anyone else who wants it.
    Here:http://theidolpad.blogspot.com/2012/12/ai12-cleared-songs-list.htmlThat is the 2013 list of cleared songs – it IS Massive – 83 Pages – many songs never done – and many songs no one in their right mind would do… and Idol is artificially limiting what the hamsters can choose from to sing with their 20 songs, for their own reasons But then they lie about it, or have the judges do it (Randy and Mariah this week) – which is very crude, common and un-necessary. IMO.

  • irockhard

    There are some WTF songs on that list. I Got No Strings (Pinoccio), I Touch Myself (yes that song from Austin Powers) and Jessica by the Allman Brothers Band (an instrumental, WTF????) to name a few.

  • FE Swann

    And how do you turn hair metal band songs into something that can highlight an actual singer. These were songs created for lead singers who could do little else but shout and squirm, they didn’t even have to be able to carry a tune.

  • FE Swann

    Didn’t know all the contestants were born in a single year. Over the last 12 seasons you have had kids who were born from the late 1970s to the late 1990s. That’s almost 20 years of songs and different genres so how can it be same same?

  • FE Swann

    The problem with themes like MoTown is that these kids for the most part don’t have the silky smooth voices or that certain sex appeal so apparent in the motown sound, but that also helps really distinguish the singers who can emote when they need to.

  • irockhard

    If the contestants want a music career they have to prove they can PERFORM. This theme will force them to, and we’ll be able to see who can stand out from the crowd at a music festival, which is also a competitive environment BTW.

  • curly_yenta

    50 years from now, The Beatles will “still” be played and played and played and looked up to as the greatest pop/rock musicians ever. Who are they going to play from the last 15-20 years? Justin Bieber?

  • HKfan

    But 2 1/2 or 3 albums is still more than 20 songs, which is what they normally get to choose from on any theme!!!!!

  • Larc

    Old standards 50 years from now will be the very same old standards we have today. With nobody wanting to record covers anymore, even the rare song that’s truly good doesn’t stick around long enough to become golden.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I have to admit that’s pretty true.

  • MissMyEm

    OMG Idol…give it a rest already. Time for a change in themes and I say that in all sincerity of an older person who grew up on Motown. They are even too old for me. Go into at the oldest…the 80s. Lots of good songs in the 80s and 90s. Surely there has to be better themes. I feel for these poor kids. I really do.

  • Karen C

    When they rearrange the songs, even to a different genre, it shows more creativity than if they just do a song in the same genre.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marimarpr Marimar Rios

    No it doesn’t since most of the times they simply copy these versions from youtube. Either way I’d prefer they were allowed to express their creativity by picking CURRENT songs within their genre. Rearranging the songs from a genre to fit theirs defeats the purpose of having these themes to begin with.

  • taylor

    “Who are they going to play from the last 15-20 years?”

    Mariah, Carrie, Kelly, Adele, JT, Bruno, Macy Gray, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Norah Jones, k.d. lang, Eric Clampton, Billy Joel, Sting, Bruce Springsten, Seal, Celine Dion, Alanis Morissette, Goo Goo Dolls, India Arie, U2, Vanessa Carlton, Richard Marx, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, John Legend, Dixie Chicks, Amy Whinehouse, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Corinne Bailey Rae, Sara Bareilles, Coldplay, Gaga, Cee Lo, Rihanna, Lady Antebellum, Mumford and Sons…

  • Axxxel

    Theme of the week:
    - Artists you have a crush on… does not have to be one of the opposite gender.
    - Glee : songs from the Fox TV series..but only the recent ones from the year 2000 up.Maybe there will be less problems with clearance
    - Dance week (but not disco… maybe music from the 1990s)
    - Music soundtrack from TV series
    - Anything but love… this can be any theme but love,or heartbreak…
    - Anthem week: If you walk into a room, which music/song do you want to be played…

  • curly_yenta

    Well that’s a real mixed bag you have there. Doubt anyone from that list will be heard 50 years down the road. And most definitely, no one will be the icons The Beatles are now, known – and played – and selling all over the world almost 60 years past there prime. No one.

  • taylor

    You asked, so I gave you a sampling of the artists in Rock, Pop, R&B and Country who have been nominated for and won Grammys for Song or Album of the Year. They are also the artists who have had success on the charts and on the overall sales charts for their music. Since all you could come up with in the past twenty years was Justin Bieber, I thought you didn’t know of any current artists in the past twenty years who have made music that is respected by several generations of music lovers around the world. These current artists (of the last twenty years) will be the legends of the future.
    Some of these names that are listed will be the artists that you will hear 50 years from now and they will be the artists who are still respected and selling all over the world.

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  • Karen C

    I agree they should have more current songs. But I think if they do have things, contestants should be able to arrange the songs the way I want. If the theme is a country theme, for example, they should be able to take a song and turn it into a rock song or r&B song if they choose. This shows musicianship and originality. And I disagree that some are just copying from youtube, they still make it different.

  • standtotheright

    There are respected critics out there who rank Springsteen above the Beatles *now*. And Adele is simply beloved by many generations. I would be shocked if nobody on that list were getting airplay years from now.

    The Beatles were a great band. They were not, single-handedly, the history of music.