American Idol Top 11 to Sing Songs of the Cinema, Harry Connick Jr to Perform on Results


Next week’s musical guest will be Harry Connick Jr. There is NO performance from an American Idol alum, which I find disappointing.  I’m assuming all the judges have on air promo written into their contracts, so their you go.

Also, another “up and coming artist” Mali Music will perform.

REMINDER: The Idol results show moves to its NEW time, 9/8c pm on Thursday! And in TWO weeks, results cut back to 30 minutes.

The theme is “Songs from the Cinema.”  This is actually pretty specific, and lends itself to speculation. What do YOU think the Idols should sing? Leave your ideas in comments!



 IDOL Judge Harry Connick, Jr. to Perform Medley and Singer/Songwriter Mali Music Also to Perform on Next Results Show

Airing at a New Time on Thursday, March 13, at 9:00 PM

Emily Piriz was eliminated tonight on AMERICAN IDOL XIII, after Piriz received the fewest of the more than 70 million votes. From Orlando, FL, the 18-year-old sang “Let’s Get Loud” on last night’s “Home”-themed performance show. In addition, on tonight’s results show, AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips returned to the IDOL stage with his new single, “Raging Fire” and Irish rock band Kodaline performed their hit, “All I Want.”

Next week, on Wednesday, March 12 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), the Top 11 –Ben Briley, C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf – will perform songs on the “Soundtrack to our Lives”-themed performance show. Song selections will come from the contestants’ favorite movies.

On the next live results show airing at a new time, Thursday, March 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), tune in to find out who will be sent home. Plus, multi-talented musician, singer, songwriter and the newest judge on AMERICAN IDOL XIII, Harry Connick, Jr., will perform a medley, and singer/songwriter Mali Music also will perform.

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  • Justin Brock

    I’ll laugh hysterically if someone sings Let it Go (but secretly be ecstatic).

    I want someone to do a really strong Skyfall, but no one this season can pull it off.

  • Amy Beth

    “Songs from The Cinema” is so hoity-toity. Let’s call it Movie Night!

  • AdamSLM

    Song suggestions (idc they arent from movies, i just want to hear them sing these songs)-
    Jena- Bring me to life, evanescence. Decode, Paramore.Candles, Hey Monday. Lights, Nellie Veitenheimer (Look it up). Poker Face (piano, slowed down), Lady Gaga

    Sam- Wake me up, Avicii. Little Wonders, Rob Thomas. Never say never, the fray. Daughters, John Mayer. Somewhere only we know, keane.

    Caleb- sweet child o mine, guns and roses. Lips of an angel, hinder. The show must go on, Queen. Its all coming back to me, meatloaf

    Majesty- Spotlight, jennhudson. Tattoo, Jordin Sparks. Anything could happen, ellis goudling. Keep holding on, Avril Lavigne. Put your record on

    Ben- your beautiful, james blunt. stand, rascal flats. chasing cars

    Dexter- Achy breaky heart (cause why not), billy cyrus. i got nothing here :-/

    MK- Wherever you will go, Charlene Soraia version. i want this to happen

    Malaya- im blanking here

    Jess- ill stand by you, pretenders. Still into you, paramore. Mr brightside (i know this might seem weird, but with a few lyric changes this could be epic.) I will follow you into the dark, death cab for cutie. Zombie, the cranberries. shake it out, florence and the machine

    CJ- winter, joshua radin. here comes goodbye, rascal flats


  • LeahKittyS

    Ohh, Skyfall…shame they didn’t do this theme last year, Candice would have done wonderful things to that song…

  • mshepnj

    I don’t like cinema songs as a theme on AI. There have been a few surprisingly good performances, but there aren’t that many songs to choose from that haven’t been done to death.

  • colette

    I remember when Kris blew everyone’s mind by singing “Falling Slowly.” That’s taste, confidence and changing it up. All those things should be part of the choices. I’m hoping for not much Disney, and maybe some retro. A lot of great, great American songs are from films — from “Cheek to Cheek” and “As Time Goes By,” to “Moon River” and “Rock Around the Clock” to “How Deep Is Your Love?” and, more recently, Kamiya Dawson’s songs for “Juno” and U-2’s Oscar nominated “Ordinary Love.” It’s actually a huge category, and I hope they get some serious guidance to avoid the banal and vocally unsuitable for themselves.

  • Matthew Richards

    Finally, a theme I can get behind. The same theme that brought us Fantasia’s Summertime and Latoya’s Somewhere on the same night.

  • Matthew Richards

    I’ve been saying Emily should sing Let It Go. Guess I should let that idea go.

  • jms

    What movie is Bring Me To Life in?

    I kind of want Caleb to do a ballad. If he nails it, he may be able to drop the “rock karaoke act” (not that I really have a problem with this so-called “act” because I think he’s awesome as hell), but I can see where people are coming from)

    I really don’t know movie songs really well (so I don’t know a lot of those song choices). I really dread either the asteroid song or Against All Odds being done…. Although I actually think Caleb could make the asteroid song tolerable, but I would not recommend it.

    Jena could do Paramore, but please stay on pitch, that instrument is amazing but it wavers.

  • Andysnark

    Jena should sing Young and Beautiful by Lana at the piano. I have a feeling she will sing Decode by Paramore from Twilight though as she has a cover of it on youtube. She sounds great just prefer Lana.

  • jms

    I hate the results show being at 9. Can I blame TBBT? I can’t stand that show.

    I love 30 minute results shows, though.

  • Guest

    Someone should do something unexpected. Maybe attempt Lana Del Rey’s ‘Young & Beautiful.’ if someone can connect to the song, and bring out the emotion like Lana can, they will win the night. I just want to be WOW’D, and I am not.

  • Peter Prach

    Someone should do something unexpected. Like you said, maybe attempt Lana Del Rey’s ‘Young & Beautiful.’ if someone can connect to the song, and bring out the emotion like Lana can, they will win the night. I just want to be WOW’D, and I am not.

  • Sowsyalite

    Perhaps Jena. But it would be tough to top Amber Carrington’s version. That was even better than Adele’s.

  • knave

    I’d love if someone picked a song from Garden State, which I think is one of the best examples of music used to enhance a story in recent cinema (outside of actual musicals). I feel like either of the Shins songs in the film could work well for Alex. I’d have said Don’t Panic for Majesty if she hadn’t just done a Coldplay song, but I think she could do something magical with such a cheerful, relaxed song like that.

    I wouldn’t mind if anyone wanted to do Falling Slowly, either. Once is such a great little film. I just wish some of the other songs were more well known to make them a possibility – particularly When Your Mind’s Made Up, although I don’t know if any of the contestants could bring the desperate emotion that makes Glen Hansard’s performance of it so incredible.

  • Guest

    Ooh, you know who would do well with that song? Jena. She did Video Games in Hollywood and it really stood out, in a good way.

  • LeahKittyS

    LOL I see what you did there.

  • Andysnark

    Bring Me to Life was actually on the soundtrack for the Daredevil film with Ben Affleck. A little embarrassed I remember that.

  • kayell

    Jess Meuse’s cover of Wicked Game and Mad World are awesome, love to see her perform one of those, although Idol fans will just compare the latter with Adam Lambert’s version, so maybe not Mad World

  • Matthew Richards

    Didn’t Siobhan sing Wicked game?

  • Marko

    Yes she did and she was very good IMO.

  • Peter Hewitt

    Majesty should have saved ‘Happy’ performance for this week in hindsight lol. I’m hoping the contestants pick great songs and nothing too old or unrelatable from a movie.

  • Karen C

    I’d love for Caleb to do the Guns and Roses version of Live Or Let Die. I think he would sound fantastic on that.

  • Valarie

    Caleb should do Chris Cornell’s ‘You Know My Name’ from Casino Royale.

  • Kariann Hart

    There is the possibility Idol has expanded the list of available songs. I hope.

  • Kariann Hart

    Siobhan’s version was almost haunting. She did a great job with it.

  • BonnieDee

    After all this time, I can still remember watching that Summertime performance. That’s a sign of a great performance. They are unforgettable.

  • BonnieDee

    Looking forward to seeing Harry perform.

  • Incipit

    She did. IMO, My favorite performance of that song from a woman’s POV, bar none…so I hope none of the women choose it. Really, nobody ought to try that one. IMO. They don’t have the technical skills.

  • Incipit

    Yes. I hope his version of “It had to be You” from “When Harry Met Sally” is in his medley.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    I was just thinking that this morning. And Brave….good grief one of these girls (Malaya?) is going to attempt to scream this song…..

  • Sassycatz

    During his last tour, David Cook performed both Prince’s Purple Rain and Springsteen’s Secret Garden (from Jerry Maguire) and they’re very enjoyable. (I’d post sample videos but there are so many of them, I have no idea which are the best.) In any event, other than those two, any of the songs from Prince’s Purple Rain movie could be a possibility.

    ETA: Found a good Purple Rain. Like this one:
    Only question I hadn’t considered, would Prince allow anyone to sing his songs. I forgot that might be an issue.

  • mshepnj

    Let’s hope so. Some people here have made great suggestions, and maybe the production team did its homework this season.

  • overthetop1

    There are so many choices that I really hope that no one sings oversung songs–e.g., Over the Rainbow, Against All Odds, Endless Love. I also hope the idols get good advice and give some real thought to their song choices. It will be hard for the younger contestants to make good selections, just because they haven’t seen as many movies, but everyone gets advice from family and friends. There really is no reason to sing Climb Every Mountain or Wind Beneath My Wings. For me, anyone who makes a lame choice should be the next one out.

  • overthetop1

    I like both if those songs, and Jess is talented, but I don’t think it helps her to sing a song that was performed fantastically by Adam Lambert.

  • Sassycatz

    Cinema sounds European to me. Heh. And, the producers are European, right? Even when you go to popular culture message boards where Brits and others post, they’ll talk about the cinema rather than the movies.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “The theme is “Songs from the Cinema.” This is actually pretty specific, and lends itself to speculation. What do YOU think the Idols should sing? ”

    The Asteroid song for sure! lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    LOVED Harry’s rendition of that song from WHMS (from 25 years ago):

    ETA: If the theme is songs from the movies, then I think that there may be a good chance of Harry including this song in his medley.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Yes! I remember having it drummed into me in first-year French that “la cinema” was popular movies, while artsy works by Swedish directors are “le film.” (Or is it la cinème? I’ve lived too long in a state where the default is Spanish.)

  • Sassycatz

    I was trying to refresh my memory on a few songs written for movies and came across a few others that are doable:

    I’m Easy – Keith Carradine (from the movie, Nashville) This could be very good for this group.
    Save Me – Aimee Mann (from Magnolia) — LOVE this song. Very hard to cut down, though.
    Don’t You Forget About Me – Simple Minds (from The Breakfast Club) — and of course this was the “send off” song a few seasons back, sung by David Cook
    Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan (from Pat Garret and Billy the Kid)
    Mrs. Robinson – Simon and Garfunkel (from The Graduate)
    I Believe I Can Fly – R Kelly (from Space Jam)
    Iris – Goo Goo Dolls (from City of Angels)
    Everything I Do (I Do It For You) – Bryan Adams (from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves)
    Circle of Life – Elton John (from The Lion King) — may not be a good idea, since Jennifer Hudson performed it and did well.

  • bridgette12

    With Songs from the Cinema as next week’s theme, the opportunity to turn this into a karaoke fest has just doubled. The kids seem to have problem performing songs that they know and supposedly freely choose, now the show picks a tough theme, especially when some of these songs take finesse and vocal abilities that some of them don’t have. Themes are important on this show, it gives the kids some direction and guidance, but some themes like this one, don’t work to these Idols advantage and certainly won’t help the ratings.

  • Marko

    I hope and pray they have completely new / fresh song list. Otherwise be prepared for an asteroid disaster.

  • Kirsten

    The kids seem to have problem performing songs that they know and
    supposedly freely choose, now the show picks a tough theme, especially
    when some of these songs take finesse and vocal abilities that some of
    them don’t have.

    Songs from the cinema run the gambit from simplistic to complex. They cross every genre imaginable.

    Besides, in the past, the producers have allowed any song used in a movie which basically means every song ever written.

    This is a wide open theme.

  • Sassycatz

    Wow. Forgot that Matt Giraud did a really nice version of Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman by Bryan Adams and featured in the movie, Don Juan DeMarco.

  • bridgette12

    I agree it’s a wide open theme, but what seems to happen with old themes, you get several songs that’s been done numerous times. Cinema week turns into big ballad week and then you get a lot of Celine and Bryan Adam wannabes performances. This always sound great In theory, but time restraints, pressure to find a song and a lack of musical knowledge tends to force these kids to rely upon past performances of other Idols. Plus, they know they have to play to the Idol fanbase and that’s middle age women.

  • bridgette12

    Here comes Aerosmith.

  • Marko

    Live version was jerky with full-on goatee vibrato and overall terrible. He was eliminated, and later saved by the judges, that night.

  • Andysnark

    Just a few ideas. Jess should sing Uninvited by Alanis from City of Angels. I think it would work well with her voice and dark mood. Jena Young and Beautiful like I mentioned before. I want Alex or Majesty to sing Karen O’s Moon Song from Her. I would also like someone to perform a funky acoustic version of Eminem’s Lose Yourself. Not sure anyone has the attitude to pull it off though. Maybe Alex?

  • Sassycatz

    So, that means someone else can improve on the performance rather than try and best an Idol who did a song very, very well. ;-)

  • Jason Gorny

    I would so down if someone did Wide Awake from katy perry:part of me movie! majesty would be my pick for that.

  • Marko

    It’s a great song but Matt’s version wasn’t my cup of tea :)

  • zubin

    I’m hopeful. If approached the right way, this could be a good theme for teaching young singers who are shy or have trouble emoting on stage to become better performers. A lot of musical performance is a kind of acting or dancing: portraying some of the emotions of the song in your facial expressions and gestures, letting your body move with the music, giving the performance a dramatic arc, interpreting the performance traditions of your chosen genre. These songs come with stories, moods, and characters already attached, which could be a good starting point for teaching a young singer how to craft a performance and start to develop their own style. But, they clearly need someone other than Randy to help break down that process.

  • Incipit

    “…they clearly need someone other than Randy to help break down that process.”

    Yes, they do. The producers cast these inexperienced young people – which caused the ‘Good TV’ issue – but the fact that they seem to think The Dawg is sufficient to teach them performance and interpretive skills is a whole other problem! If he didn’t encourage Majesty to mess up the last of her song going for a “Moment” – I would be very surprised.

    Double Fail – IMO.

  • Alexandre Oliveira

    I would like to see Majesty singing Young and Beautiful from Great Gatsby

  • standtotheright

    Safe and Sound and Eyes Open are some of the best songs TSwift has written in her career, not particularly vocally challenging (because it’s TSwift), and haven’t been done on the show (since they’re only two years old). I’d be happy if anyone did them. (Maybe not Dexter Roberts. Or Caleb Johnson.)

  • knave

    Actually Lose Yourself could be brilliant for Alex. The jumpy melody in the chorus could really work for his habit of slipping in and out of falsetto.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    *upvoted for strategic truth even though I can’t stand the song and hope not to have to hear it.*

  • Matthew Kitson

    I like how idol is introducing these relatively new artists. Tired of the same old-same old for the results shows (pitbull, fall out boy, one republic, etc)

  • Matthew Kitson

    I could only see 3 capable of doing let it go vocally, Jena/Jess…..and Caleb

  • Matthew Richards

    I actually want Sam to sing the moon song, he needs a good performance.

  • Matthew Richards

    I want I Believe I Can Fly to be shanked in a back alley.

  • mjsbigblog

    Each week of the finals have featured songs that have not been heard on Idol yet. The theme is seemingly specific, but really there are a lot of songs to choose from.

    There’s no reason why the contestants would be forced to sing Celine and Bryan Adams songs.

    This always sound great In theory, but time restraints, pressure to find a song and a lack of musical knowledge tends to force these kids to rely upon past performances of other Idols.

    Song choices have been eclectic and wide ranging this season. There’s been very little recycling of past Idol performances from these kids. In fact, many of them were choosing to sing original songs in Hollywood and the semis. No reason why that sort of thing would start now.

    Contestants like Jessica Meuse, Ben Riley, Jena Irene, Alex Preston and Majesty Rose have already proven they have musical knowledge.

    Plus, they know they have to play to the Idol fanbase and that’s middle age women.

    We’re 3 weeks into the finals. There has been no pandering to “middle aged women” that I can see. Again, there’s no reason why that would start now.

  • BonnieDee

    That would be appropriate since it’s movie night.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    now the show picks a tough theme, especially when some of these songs take finesse and vocal abilities that some of them don’t have

    Only if the song list is somehow limited to filmed stage musicals, Disney productions, and big Oscar-bait ballads of the 1980s.

    For the country-leaning crowd, I can think off-hand of two recent-ish movies that had country soundtracks (Crazy Heart and Country Strong) of original music.

    The Twilight series got its soundtrack from a variety of current pop and alt-rock-ish artists, who lined up to get a placement there. That’s pretty common with YA-oriented movies.

    Literally the first new movie for which I searched for the soundtrack — Mr. Peabody and Sherman — has a Danny Elfman soundtrack (his songs with lyrics tend to have odd beats but they’re not belting bonanzas) with a John Lennon song interspersed.

    I’ve seen plenty of movies set in the past that are simply tracked with popular radio hits of the time, and certainly not all past pop was vocally challenging. I don’t even see a lot of movies, and it’s not hard to come up with options that aren’t big ballads from the 1980s.

  • jan

    I originally thought that the broadness and newness of the themes would be great – but I was wrong. It’s easy for the contestants to play it safe – to go for songs they love – to not stretch.

    With stricter themes – the contestants may be forced to take risks. Some will fail miserably – some will pull a rabbit out of the hat. It’s that element of risk that excites us and keeps us in our seats. If we had these broad themes in the past – would we have had a Cook singing a Mariah Carey song – a Kris Allen singing She Works Hard for the Money – an Adam Lambert singing a country song?

  • girlygirl

    I don’t know if any of the contestants have the bluesy/soulful chops to pull it off, but I’d love if someone covered one of my favorite songs — Elvin Bishop’s Fooled Around and Fell in Love. It’s an older song but it’s been used in several movies, including Boogie Nights and one of the Harold & Kumar films.

  • girlygirl

    Another song I’d love someone to do is from the movie “Once”. It’s called “When Your Mind’s Made Up”. If you’ve seen the film, it’s the song the do in the recording studio scene.

  • jcabby

    Although in the past there were songs that were specific to a film, there are many modern songs used in movies as well. It’s such a vast category.

    I wonder if any of the contestant would consider “Don’t You (Forget About Me).” I think it’ll be a cool song to hear.

  • Face

    ugh… please god no… just no… and no other frickin overdone cheesy trite cr@p either…

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol I know that so many people hate that song, but I really like it for some reason.

  • Caroline B

    Adam Lambert’s take on a country song remains the highlight of my years watching Idol – I love that version of “Ring of Fire”.

  • Caroline B

    Re: Danny Elfman – Now I’m walking around envisioning Caleb singing “Oogie Boogie Man” ;) I need a nap.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    If he sings this one from Sixteen Candles, I’ll vote for him. [Disclaimer: Title sounds NSFW, but it’s all innuendo.]

  • djwolff

    Following AI and your site for years and first time commenting! I just wanted to say that I so would like to see “Let It Go” being given justice in one of these shows. Can any of these kids pull it off? On the other hand, there are so many other choices for film songs. I’d like to hear:
    “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?”
    “Can’t Fight The Moonlight”
    “I’m Alive”

  • macfae

    Randy’s is the last voice they hear before walking out on the stage….no wonder we’re seeing a lot of crash ‘n burn.
    They don’t need him getting in their head at the last moment. Or any other moment for that matter.
    Yes, Someone. Please. send the dawg back to the kennel.

  • Face

    great song

  • Face

    referring to the cinema or film in the UK is not being posh or high-brow… its is just like someone in the USA saying the movies… but I get what you are saying (for a US audience)

  • Dianne

    Am visiting my daughter and my grandkids sing Let It Go all day long. I may have to pack my bags and leave early lol :)

  • Dianne

    That was the moment Fantasia sold me.

  • Not fit to print

    I hope so. WHMS made me fall in love with Harry. It would be perfect.

  • cheese

    I love that song, but I don’t particularly want to hear any of these singers do it.

  • BrightLights

    Inevitable comparison to David Cook, whose cover was the boot song a few seasons ago, but: Caleb. Jessica could also rock this one out.

  • BrightLights

    If she can nail Decode, she should absolutely go for it… but I’m worried that she’d slide off key. That song is hard.

  • wordnerdarchie

    You can buy David Cook’s version up on iTunes. ;)

  • BrightLights

    On the “I don’t think anyone’s done this before on Idol” there is “Crazy for You” by Madonna- Majesty could do a good job with that.

    I was trying to pick a really good song for MK, because she has to hit it out of the park this week. What she’s done really well so far are slower tempo songs. “Into the West” (Annie Lennox, LOTR soundtrack) fits right into that wheelhouse. But. You know what I really want to hear her do? “Colorblind,” Counting Crows, Cruel Intentions. She could hit that so far out of the park it would end up in orbit.

    If they could get song clearance for it (and I doubt it) “Dani California” by RHCP would be a great opportunity for Caleb to have a more relevant song that’s still in his comfort zone. But, what do I think he’s actually going to do? “Welcome to the Jungle.”

  • Kariann Hart

    I love your suggestions for Caleb. Some of those songs I just don’t know.

  • Kariann Hart

    Harry looks so handsome in this video/movie. I love it!

  • Kariann Hart

    Prince did allow Paris Bennett to sing “Purple Rain”. Her Aunt talked to Prince.

  • Kariann Hart

    Mrs. Robinson has several GOOD songs from Simon & Garfunkel. I hope someone sings at least one of them.

  • onebirdlover1

    I hate that show too (TBBT) . Can’t understand why so many people I know like it. It’s the same thing over and over.

  • onebirdlover1

    He’s still great looking!

  • Incipit

    I have to agree with the animus towards that benighted show, with the slight difference that I don’t even know anyone who likes it. I’m not big on Sitcoms, never have been – and the stereotype it promotes has gone beyond annoying – to have intelligent constantly equate with Geek and/or socially awkward. dnw

  • C.J.

    I really want to see Majesty sing T-Swift’s Safe and Sound. It’s an absolutely gorgeous song, and I’m surprised it hasn’t proved more popular in the singing show circuit. Besides that, it’d be cool if Caleb does What I’ve Done or New Divide – he’s been sounding more and more dated recently, and it’ll be nice to hear him try on a more modern, pop-oriented sound. Jena will probably do Decode, since she’s done it before on Youtube, though I do wish she’s wouldn’t. It’s once of Paramore’s weaker songs, and its difficult chorus has the tendency to tempt singers into overblown, excessively theatrical territory.

    I also see a few people suggesting Moon Song, and I can’t exactly understand why. It’s a pleasant enough song, but strip away the clever staging and production and it’s pretty bland IMHO. And the guy a few posts down who suggested Alex do an acoustic version of Lose Yourself – genius! I’m mad that I didn’t think of that! It’s such a great fit for his style.

  • colette

    I hope the theme isn’t “any song that’s ever been on the soundtrack of a movie,” because we’re talking a ridiculously humungous buncha tunes — why not just call it “any hit pop song you like”? It’s much more targeted, and challenging when it’s a song that was expressly written for a movie, and there are plenty of great ones to choose from….