American Idol XIII Top 8 Redux Song Spoilers

The American Idol Top 8 Redux Spoilers were revealed on Amazon, of all places! And in some cases, the Idols made song choices I begged them not to do! It’s like the old days, with the kids choosing songs that have been done to death on Idol, in some cases. Yay. At least no one is singing “Against All Odds.”

David Cook worked with the kids earlier in the week. We’ll see if he had an impact!

Dexter Roberts – Keep Your Hands to Yourself by Georgia Satellites (CORNY Cornball. Another boring anthem from Dexter). – Download from iTunes
Alex Preston – Every Breath You Take by Sting (Be careful flipping a beloved song Alex. Don’t mess with it TOO much) – Download from iTunes
Caleb Johnson – Faithfully by Journey (Sigh. I SAID NO JOURNEY CALEB! Heh) – Download from iTunes
Sam Woolf – Time after Time by Cyndi Lauper – (Noooo. If Sam sings this like he’s reading the phone book, it’ll be a disaster) – Download from iTunes
Jena Irene – I Love Rock n Roll by Joan Jett (Jenna could pull this off. She should front the band like she did a couple of weeks ago. She was really in her element then.)   – Download from iTunes
Jessica Meuse – Call Me by Blondie (Blondie. Yes. This song? It’s not a great competition song. Wondering if Jess will do the rap part…) – Download from iTunes
CJ Harris – Free Fallin by Tom Petty (Eh. Potential for off key AND dull singing from CJ) – Download from iTunes
Malaya Watson – Through the Fire by Chaka Khan – Oh Malaya. The potential for oversinging is high. – Download from iTunes


The Girl is Mine by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney
It’s Only Love by Bryan Adams and Tina Turner
I Knew You Were Waiting for Me by Aretha Franklin and George Michael
Islands in the Stream by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

Apparently, last week’s list was in performance order


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  • Mateja Praznik


  • Wui Zhuan Lim

    Based on song choices…average…
    Whether it’s a ‘great’ performance week or ‘zzzz’ like the whiner below me…
    will see after they perform live

  • Maj

    well this is seriously underwhelming. everyone, maybe except Jena…that song is fun…but still obvious. sigh
    I knew it wouldn’t happen but Sam singing Soft Cell’s Say Hello, Wave Goodbye would have been a good fit, since David Gray covered it on the same album Babylon is from. oh well, opportunity for being interesting lost.

  • Sunny Mc

    Ugh, these choices are really disappointing.

  • ladymctech

    Hopefully, David Cook has worked some magic to help these kids (as we all know Randy is incapable).

  • Incipit

    So, did this uninspired list of choices inspire an emergency call to DC for help last week? Idol tends to be last minute, but please!

  • Madilo

    Here for this
    Jena Irene – I Love Rock n Roll

  • NancP

    I am guessing Alex will flip Every Breath…can’t wait to hear what he does with it and CJ has serious potential with Free Fallin’….the others, meh

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    If Woolf actually internalized the connection thing and turns his song into a wistful guitar ballad, I’ll applaud the Moment that TPTB are determined he’s to have. He’ll have earned it.

    I woke up dreading the possibility that the Meat Loaf Muffin would be bussed by editing so that we see Cook doing that stuffed-moose expression he gets when he wants to say something nasty but won’t… but if the MLM is playing the Journey card (as I semi-predicted), HEY THERE GOES METRO TRANSIT. Bus him, bus him good.

  • anibundel

    Dexter is singing the gimmickiest gimmick song that ever gimmicked.

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    Oh god..sounds like its gonna be a boring night. And Caleb is proving to live up to his outdated persona with that song.

  • Trina

    Sweet jesus. I imagine the producers saw these horrid, predictable choices and made an emergency call to David for some help ASAP lol

  • JTN

    My God… these choices are horrible. More karaoke from Dexter, a very odd choice for Jess, and a surely boring performance from Sam. Caleb will do the best.

  • justmefornow

    LMFAO. Journey.
    “Don’t Stop Believing” killed Chris Jericho, Tony Soprano, and James Durbin. Beep, Beep, the “Faithfully” bus is heading straight for the MLM, lol.
    New producers, same old games.

  • Aaron Krandel

    They all sound great in the recordings… Check out the previews on Amazon!

  • jevonuar

    Ohhh Sam. I don’t know what to expect but I’m still hoping for the best…

  • MichaelG

    Wow. Firstly, Chaka Kahn song for Malaya?….hmmmm, CK has such a deep soulful voice…I can hear some Tarzan screams coming from Malaya…

    Dexter singing a song about wanting his girlfriend to give him a pre-marital fuck? Lol and ew.

    I think Call Me would have been better suited for Jena, tbh. Was hoping Jena (not Jess) might do a Blondie. I don’t know about Jena being a hard rock chick with Joan Jett–that song sounds so monotone.

    Love some Cyndi Lauper…but not Time after Time or True Colours. Get your pillow ready for Sam’s rendition of TAT.

    Free Fallin’ might be good for CJ since it doesn’t have many key changes.

    Alex will do okay with that meh Police song. He probably has the most potential of hitting a home run going into this given his song choice.

    Caleb…Lol. Predictable. At least it’s a subdued song.

    Looks like a fun night in store, folks! ;)

  • MichaelG

    I’m betting Caleb and Alex will perform best, vocally, given these spoilers.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Well, they kind of have to bus him. The MLM needed to be there to keep the self-proclaimed “core” fanbase happy — and to liven up the performance nights — but the show has justification for wanting a winner who skews young in appeal. We’re about to get the narrative that, as others come into their growth arcs, the MLM stalls and starts to fade. Encouraging his fanbase to directly compare him to Cook should help with that narrative, even without Cook doing cat-mouth.

  • b_james

    No, Sam. Nooooo

    I’m already cringing at the thought of CJ singing Free Falling.

    And I REALLY wanted Jena to sing Heart.

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  • MichaelG

    CJ will do okay until the first major key change. ;)

  • justmefornow

    Oh I knew it was only a matter of time. No one (Interscope, are we really sure they are still on board?) wants to be stuck trying to market him after the show.
    But I just thought the Greyhound wouldn’t be sent for him until at least top 5 or 4. Silly me.

  • RedMountainRanch

    I really want to start watching Idol again but when the song lists week after week are this bad, I just come to MJs and watch the few highlights that are tolerable.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    I’m leaning very, very strongly to Blueknight24‘s interpretation that Interscope is NOT on board this year. A MLM victory could result in the first winner not signed at all, and that would be a big negative headline about how the show is no longer relevant.

    I’d originally pegged the MLM for a top-4-ish bussing, too, but I can see the merit of starting the engines now, especially since he’s clearly willing to dreamboat himself to fire up his fans. If you don’t start now, he could render himself un-bussable.

  • Elizabeth Rosalyn

    Oh man. These songs… some of them are the reason why I don’t like 80s music. I think “Faithfully” and “I Love Rock N Roll” could be great if the singers switch them up a bit. But overall… *big sigh*

  • Rúben Guzman

    I think Alex and Jessica will have a decent night. Jena will probably be in the bottom three given her bland song choice. Sam will be okay this week. CJ is going home. Malaya and Dexter might be in the bottom. Caleb is losing steam and will probably end up getting 4-5 place this year.

  • Dianne

    On a side note as of today Alex’s original song is #43 on iTunes top 100 downloads list. I thought it would have fallen off by now. I think he has potential for some staying power both on and off Idol. Hope he does well tonight, but also interested in seeing what Jess, Jena and Sam do with their songs.

  • Rúben Guzman

    Jena’s voice will make the song rock but I think we need to see her on the piano again.

  • justmefornow

    Yeah, he does look like he shops in the Big Man’s store so it may take a few trips with that bus, lol.

    But seriously, there’s hasn’t been a hint of Interscope’s involvement this year. But if they have bailed, that would be pretty big news. No label now except 19R for the show, wouldn’t that have been made public somehow?

  • thirdtime

    Well I’m excited that David Cook will be on this week. As far as song choices, they are boring. I’m least excited to see Malaya belt out another boring ballad. And Sam’s choice seems odd to me and I doubt he can pull it off. Everyone else I think will pull their choices off, but it will still be a boring night. CJ chose the most wisely IMO, Tom Petty doesn’t have a good voice and has limited vocal range himself, so there is no reason why CJ shouldn’t do fine with that song.

  • Mateja Praznik

    Someone tweet Shirley to check if Interscope is still obliged to sign the winner.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Well, I’d wondered that, too; but I could see why the show would want to avoid the negative headline of “no affiliated label,” and there’s no reason for Interscope to bring it up. 19 used to be listed on Interscope’s site as one of its sublabels, and it no longer is. If the split happened after the season launch, we’d be past the point at which anybody would ask. If Interscope wanted out, Idol wasn’t going to drag them through any kind of struggle that would become public.

    I dunno. I think Interscope would be completely justified in bailing, while being sad if that’s what happened.

  • NancP

    Just listened….liked them all except for CJ’s and I am a CJ fan….

  • jcabby

    Caleb might do a good job on the song. Wait and see on how he interprets it. He might change it up.

    Sam has a really good song choice for his voice. We’ll see how he performs it, but I hope he can bring it this week. Maybe I’m just too optimistic. lol

    Alex will most likely do a terrific job and give it a different interpretation.

    As for the rest, I am afraid of how it’ll turn out. lol

  • disqus_4vqpvLiccZ

    A little sad they wouldn’t clear “Free Falling” for me during Vegas last year. :/ I hope he does well

  • CanadianLady

    Dexter, what on earth were you thinking? Hitting head against wall.

  • Sassycatz

    None of them have gone outside the box much, have they? Per usual, I don’t recognize the song Dexter is singing because he never takes on anything some other good ole boy hasn’t already sung. So, totally unfamiliar to me.

  • girlygirl

    This is a really boring list of song choices. No one took any risks with the song they picked. Hopefully some of them can flip their song on its ear and make them interesting.

  • tripp_ncwy

    I am hoping Sam has Allison singing some strong background vocals to add some level of emotion to Time After Time.

  • Kimmy Moores

    I hate almost all of these song choices….

  • girlygirl

    Lol, Allison already sang Time After Time on Idol — performed it with Cyndi Lauper on the S8 finale. And she absolutely killed it.

  • Prime_Minister

    Bad news: I just listened to the Amazon previews – except for Alex (whose recording I’m totally buying), none of them really switched up the songs. It appears they recorded straight covers.

    Good news: David Cook came in to mentor. Hopefully, he encouraged them make some changes before the performances tonight.

  • Prime_Minister

    It would be WAY more interesting to have:
    Caleb – Time After Time
    Jena – Every Breath You Take (get her back to the piano!)
    Alex – Free Fallin’ (because he can work magic on anything)
    Malaya – Faithfully (bring out the gospel choir!)
    Jessica – Keep Your Hands to Yourself
    Dexter – I Love Rock n Roll (bro country version)
    Sam – Through the Fire (baby Ed Sheeran version)

    I wouldn’t mind these songs sung by different (unexpected) people, but the way they are now? So predictable and boring – except for Alex.

  • jt45

    omg I hate every single one of these choices. lmao. this is going to be total cheese.

    Malaya really? Through the Fire? The song sucks to begin with and Siobhan was a mess when she sang it. And I loved her! And I love Malaya! Don’t do this to yourself.

    Jess? Call Me? I said I keep waiting for her break out moment, but I don’t think it’ll ever really happen. Luckily she has a distinct and interesting voice and fans that will keep her in. Because this song will do nothing different for her.

    And Caleb. What did I tell you? Of course he is going to do something softer and tender, like Harry advised. Which is okay. That’s fine. It is a smart move, however just funny cause I totally called that he would do that. However this song I don’t think is really going to tone down his voice. It’s still loud. Just slower.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Bad news: I just listened to the Amazon previews – except for Alex, none of them really switched up the songs. It appears they are recorded straight covers.

    *sigh* When I get excited about actual live bands, right in front of me, playing 1980s and 1990s covers within their (current) (original) setlist, it’s partly because they’ve switched up the song somehow to make it current. If I want to hear the song sounding the way it sounded, there were 1980s compilation CDs before there was iTunes and Youtube.

    I think this lot mostly missed the memo on “use the themes to demonstrate your ability to be a current artist” and instead read “show us who you would have been in the 1980s.” It’s not the same thing.

    ETA: Honestly, you’re tempting me to see if I like Preston’s song enough to buy it, then skip the show proceedings. Bleh.

  • cableknitgal

    I think that the kids chose great artists but wrong songs. Yes to the Police, Blondie, Tom Petty, even Journey (or at least Steve Perry) but no to the song choices. Dexter, really. REALLY?!?!?!?!?!?! Who told him that was a good idea!? He’s going to be bottom three. I don’t even need to hear him sing it. So many great country songs of the 80’s and that? Ugh. I think Malaya wants to go home. Jena, you’d better surprise me. Sam is the real question mark.
    So many chances to get a real moment and zzzzzz

  • cableknitgal

    I think of all Idol Mentors only Adam and David were good at consistently giving new life to old songs. Glad David was working with them. I agree with your point about CJ. Tom Petty does have limited vocal range but he knows how to make it work with his music. I just feel CJ would have been better with a different TP song.

  • Trina

    See if David was still a contestant he probably would have taken a freaking Debbie Gibson song or some horribly lame sappy song and actually changed it to be something awesome. Erm I’m not expecting that sort of miracle with this group argh but yeah hopefully he taught them the art of making bad songs sound interesting at least,Were these songs recorded AFTER he mentored them or before?

  • Guest

    Malaya singing Through The Fire.

  • aaskork

    The chorus of “I Love Rock and Roll” basically sounds like a duet between Jena and Allison. It’s actually pretty epic.

  • Trina

    David and Adam were masters at it. I mean, anyone who had the ability to make the asteroid song sound tolerable is a genius.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    We know exactly what Cook would do with 1980s week, as there was one in his season. That’s the famous “Hello” performance. Then in Michael Jackson week — which was also, by default, pretty 1980s in nature — we got the Chris Cornell version of “Billie Jean.”

    To be fair, Cook did a straight cover for 1970s week, so he wasn’t morally opposed to proving he could just plain cover artists whose sound appealed to the audience he wanted to woo. But it was a case of doing a straight cover when the theme was an easy fit with what he wanted to prove — similar to the MLM’s embrace of “Dazed & Confused” in yes-I-front-a-band week.

    This theme shouldn’t be an easy fit with the agendas of every singer but one.

  • NancP

    whoa….not good

  • girlygirl

    Alex’s song choice is fairly predictable as well. He’ll probably do a good job changing the song up, but the choice itself isn’t surprising.

  • Trina

    Yep exactly..Hello and Billie Jean are probably two of the greatest examples ever of what someone truly talented can do to change a song. Always Be My Baby too but that was 90’s heh..

  • girlygirl

    Lol, how many ex-Idols have been mentors? David, Adam, Chris D. Anybody else? It’s kind of a short list, unless I’m forgetting someone.

    There have been a bunch of ex-Idol contestants who were excellent at bringing new life to old songs.David C and Adam definitely being two of them.

  • Alain

    She knocks me off my feet! hope she delivers such a soulful performance later! Good luck Malaya! Tell your story! :)

  • myers

    However this was before Malaya took advice from the idol producers and learned how to not oversing everything. I think she has potential and I am hoping she does well. I just hope she at least makes top 5.

  • girlygirl

    Ok, I just listened to the preview clip of Every Breath You Take. Does Alex not know that song is about stalking someone? Because his version is basically a starry-eyed love song which — at least from the clip — totally ignores what the song’s about.

    It’s pretty, he sounds fine, but still…

  • duncan

    Where can I hear the previews?

  • Amy Beth

    Isn’t Every Breath… pre-breakup Police, not Sting as solo act?

  • BluSky

    Oh boy, Sam Woolf – Time after Time??? At this point Sam HAS to sing a song that is out of his comfort zone – the one that would make him stand out! He has a pitch-perfect voice, he could sing any song well enough. He needed to take a risk and do something totally different, to win the audience over. I agree with MJ, it sounds like a disaster

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  • Tina

    There wasn’t an MJ theme week in season 7. That was “year they were born week”. There was, however, an MJ week in season 8.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Of course you’re correct! I’m going to play the “it all blurs together after a while” card here. In any case, back in 2008, “year you were born” tended to run 1980s.

  • BonnieDee

    Cyndi Lauper songs are not easy, and she’s an amazing vocalist. I would have preferred “I Drove All Night” to “Time after Time” however.

  • rychu

    as usual, songs are up in Ph store… listening to the previews now….

  • Tina

    Anything to do with season 7 and David Cook I remember very well….maybe too well. You do make a point though most contestants would have to be born in the 80s and now with the different age limit also the 90s

  • Marko

    Written by Sting and released by The Police in 1983. The band broke up 3 years later.

  • BluSky

    I have no doubt that Sam will sing it well!! As i said, he has a pitch-perfect voice (i could be wrong, but i think he’s the only one out of this bunch who’s never been off-key). But it will be just another bland boring disconnected performance that will put him in the bottom 3 again. Too bad. I like his voice, it’s almost perfect technically. But the kid might just need some more time to mature and grow enough to be finally able to connect with his songs and his audience.

  • XJakutaX

    This line-up would be so much better

    Call Me – Haley Reinhart
    Through The Fire – Jacob Lusk
    Time After Time – Paul McDonald
    Faithfully – James Durbin
    Keep Your Hands to Yourself – Scotty McCreery
    Every Breath You Take – Stefano
    I Love Rock and Roll – Lauren Alain
    Free Fall in – Casey Abrams

  • amadcow2

    Okay, here are my impressions of the song selections for tonight:

    Alex Preston: The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” (previously done by Brooke White and Phil Stacey)

    – This song is almost TOO suited for Alex. I think he’ll do fine, but it won’t stand out. Performance order and some degree of energy will be key, but I doubt he’ll be in trouble. There are far worse choices out there to be sure.

    C.J. Harris: Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’” (never performed before on Idol)

    – Well, if there was ever a song screaming to be sung out of tune, this is the one… and that’s not a good thing for CJ. I hope he’s been cramming with the vocal coaches or more B3 action awaits.

    Caleb Johnson: Journey’s “Faithfully” (previously done by Hollie Cavanagh and Kristy Lee Cook)

    – Yeah, this will work for Caleb, but really, there were SO many better choices. If he keeps it under control, he’s good for another week.

    Dexter Roberts: Georgia Satellites’ “Keep Your Hands To Yourself” (never performed before on Idol)

    – Remember when Dexter sang so nice last week? I don’t think that this will be like that. Bottom of the pack. This might be the choice that keeps CJ out of the B3.

    Jena Irene Ascuitto: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock N’ Roll” (never performed before on Idol)

    – Okay, I see this. Could be anywhere from great to gets you to next week. She’s probably not going anywhere.

    Jessica Meuse: Blondie’s “Call Me” (previously done by Haley Reinhart and Carmen Rasmusen)

    – I think that there were better choices out there for Jessica, but she probably won’t be near the B3.

    Malaya Watson: Chaka Khan’s “Through The Fire” (previously done by Siobhan Magnus)

    – This song is such a snoozer and I think that at best Malaya will render an oversung karaoke version.

    Sam Woolf: Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” (previously done by Colton Dixon, Brandon Rogers and Nadia Turner)

    – And they wasted the save on this guy?

    Prediction for B3: Sam, Dexter, and Malaya with either Sam or Malaya going home

  • lkingcorn

    Doesn’t bode for an exciting show, but open to being surprised.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Meh. I have to say that I’m not finding any of these clips appealing. I hope that the performances are better.

  • Nikki Sliepcevic

    OMG!!!!! Caleb is singing my ALL TIME FAVE SONG….Im PISSED!!!!

  • Nikki Sliepcevic

    I think with that song choice of Sam’s, that he’ll be going home. Depressing.

  • Nikki Sliepcevic

    I wonder if Alex will EVER sing WITHOUT his guitar…..?

  • Alain

    CJ Harris is going home. Sorry to burst your bubble CJ fan.

  • Jon Glass

    Second boring week in a row :( I don’t really care for these song choices. I still can’t get over how good Alex and Sierra did Addicted to Love on X. Oh man. Anyways, I hope Malaya makes it to next week. I wouldn’t mind seeing Sam go. Still can’t believe he got the save. Always feels like the person who gets the save is the not the one you would expect. haha

  • amadcow2

    Based on song choice, and his history, I would agree, BUT, there are so many other land mines that I think CJ might be swept into next week.

    BTW, while I think that CJ is a lovely person, who espouses many qualities that I admire, however, I have always seen him as a #6 through #10 Idol contestant. The POINT that I was making is that CJ MIGHT survive by the BAD song choices of his fellow contestants.

    Sam, Malaya, and Dexter have all chosen songs that have the potential to sit worse with the public than a heartfelt, out of tune rendition of Free Fallin’. As mentioned in this thread, Sam’s choice may be akin to having the phone book read to us and Malaya’s choice just begs for oversinging.

  • BluSky

    He’s a guitar player, the guitar is part of his performance and identity. Why would one take it away from him?

  • Marko

    The list reminds me of VFTW.

  • Tommyo2000

    Trying to think, is there a rap part in call me, or were you think of rapture? Cant remember the song enough and not motivated enough to listen to it.
    I just wonder if the 80’s are too unknown to most of them to pick a great song like “train in vain” (might be a 70’s song actually), “Eyes with out a face,” “Somebody elses guy”, some Joe Cocker for Caleb, how about some Sade for Jess? could of been a great night …

  • Pat H

    Maybe they had a very short list of songs this week?
    Oh! Just listened! Jessica and Jena sound really, really great!!

  • amadcow2

    Yeah, I listened to the previews too and thought that Jena sounded pretty good. Caleb was okay and didn’t make my ears bleed. I thought Alex’s version sounded like a lullaby, but he’ll be fine. Jess sounded good on a forgettable song. The other 4 were all just meh… and any one of them could go home… Thinking Sam.

  • Marko

    I bet you’re right.

  • MichaelG

    It would be nice for the judges to mention this (never performing without his guitar), and also nice for Alex to have a little bit of diversity. I’d like to see–and hear–him without the guitar.

  • LeoCS

    No and this time it appears that he took off all the haunting spirit of Every Breath You Take with his jazzy version.

  • Prime_Minister

    I bet you’re right too. But then again, there have been several amazing moments from past contestants who were also picking from very short lists of songs. If tonight is dull, the contestants don’t have any excuse.

  • standtotheright

    Honestly, I’m not sure it’s that terrible. I’ve been playing the mental game of “what would you like to see 10 years after the show is canceled and some network suit decides to revive it” and my very first answer was “the prize involves some guaranteed cash, but focuses on a recording budget for an EP release that is soup-to-nuts through a Tunecore-like outfit (licensing, digital listing, some D2C albums) and then labels have the chance to bid on the artist during/after the EP production process.”

    I’d maybe have slightly more confidence that an A&R team at a label would find the strengths in an artist with actual post-show material involved, and without the huge advances from the old system.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, I think that Sam could be in real danger of going home this week.

  • jms

    Literally two good song choices (Caleb arguably and Jena definitely). I have reservations about Malaya’s song mostly because it derailed Siobhan so badly.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    As a 10-years-later scenario, I could totally buy this. As a better-for-the-artist scenario, ditto. The huge advances created financial targets that motivated A&R teams to make weird compromises that weren’t good for the artist in even the middle term. P2 may turn out as the exception, but he’s basically the only one since maybe S6. That’s not a great track record on artist development.

    In the here-and-now, I think it’d be a dreadful headline simply because it’d be substantial change that involves taking something away. That’s why I’m not asking Halperin to investigate. It’s one thing to speculate on implications in a venue where I have the security of knowing I’ll be told I’m stupid for thinking it’d happen or make any difference. Demanding that it be pursued and the news “broken,” though, means actively contributing to the demise of the show, which I’m not up for doing.

  • WhoDat2012

    Oh, dear God! Dexter’s song may be gimicky, but it’s a new song…unlike this other crap! At least his song won’t bore us all. Yay Dexter! Jess needs to start packing.

  • Marko

    New song from the 80s?

  • BluSky

    Based on the previews
    Strong performances: Caleb, Jena, Malaya, Dexter, Alex, Jessica
    Questionable: Sam, CJ Harris
    But because CJ seems to have more fan support, i think it’s Sam who will go home this week.
    And will probably be downloading Caleb’s and Alex’s songs

  • amadcow2

    I honestly think that Jessica is safe this week. She’s never been in the bottom 3. The preview on Amazon sounds okay. And, the rest of the pack picked … poorly. Dexter’s song is new to Idol, but it’s a cheesy anthem that is forgettable the moment you’re done listening to it. He’s probably not going home from that, but it’s not very big of a stretch for him.

  • Marko

    Nothing sounds more lifeless than jazzy version of a beautiful song.

  • Marko

    Alex plays a lot of instruments. He can bring them all :)

  • WhoDat2012

    New to Idol

  • Marko

    There are 2 more new songs (“Free Fallin”and “I Love Rock n Roll”) then.

  • Guest

    Jena’s mom said Caleb and Jena duet this week. I wonder if that is for tonight or the result show?

  • Marko

    I don’t believe there’s enough time for all 4 duets on the results show.

  • springboard2

    Listening to the snippets, I liked the first three song from Alex, Sam and Jena. Not bad for Idol studios.

  • Elizabeth Rosalyn

    Yeah, I think she has said she’ll be on the piano this week. I would actually like to see her working the stage for this song though.

  • Elizabeth Rosalyn

    I like how Alex switched up his song to suit his style – it’s just too bad that I can’t stand the actual song, haha.

  • Incipit

    “Were these songs recorded AFTER he mentored them or before?”

    Good question, Trina – I don’t think there was much elbow room as the songs were already chosen, arranged and maybe even recorded before DC even met with them. It’s sounding more like TPTB window dressing – although he could give them some tips to be used NEXT week – there’s still time for that.

    Whatever. I’m just tuning in to see DC and check if I want to download Jess’s song from iTunes.

  • mshepnj

    Oh for the love of… Really? Sigh. I don’t believe these were the first
    choice songs of most of these contestants. These songs are so s-t-a-l-e, either done to death on AI or just played ad nauseum on the top 40 radio of the time. And except for CJ’s and Alex’s, all the arrangements on the recordings are straight out of the 80s block of processed cheese. So disappointing. I hope the live versions are better.

    I think David is definitely the best mentor these contestants could have at this point because he had a knack for turning processed cheese into a gourmet masterpiece.

    I wonder if the PTB chose this theme to find something that will keep the presumed core viewers from jumping ship. Maybe the focus groups don’t like all the “new” unfamiliar songs. Who know? It could be interesting to see if the rating go up because these songs are better known or more nostalgic. As far as I’m concerned…Meh.

  • mshepnj

    I’d be willing to bet these songs were not first choices, or even second or third choices, for most of these contestants.

  • Banished

    Ugh, I may pass tonight. The only song I remotely like is Through the Fire, but don’t want to watch it being destroyed. The other songs are horrible, IMO, and will make for a bad night unless someone really steps outside of the box. Then again, I am a person who was in High School in the 80’s and never even liked the music back then!

  • Ringo Pascual

    Tonight will be the test of whether he gets called on the carpet by Harry for not matching the meaning of the song? Will Keith whine that he does not move his legs? My guess on both accounts is no.

  • Ringo Pascual

    Not sure anyone can do a good cover of a Sting/Police song. Sting’s vocal quality is so distinctive and spot on. And the band played with the kind of straightforward rhythmic drive integral to the music. Alex doing a sappy slow version already bores me. Same with Cyndy Lauper. And Blondie/Petty songs are not designed to be well-sung so much as performed with attitude.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Okay…who’s doing the duet on “I Knew You Were Waiting”
    They got some shoes to fill…and they won’t.

  • Marko

    Malaya and CJ.

  • Kimmy Moores

    “…and CJ”
    This world has officially become too cruel.

  • BonnieDee

    I’ve only listened to Sam’s so far, but I liked it.

  • WiltedYouth
    Per Idol Insider, the duets are:
    “The Girl Is Mine” by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney
    “It’s Only Love” by Bryan Adams and Tina Turner
    “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” by Aretha Franklin and George Michael
    “Islands in the Stream” by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

  • BonnieDee

    Yeah I actually think Dexter stepped a tiny bit out of the box on this one. Now, if he sings it in a monotone, it’s over. There are a lot of older voters like me that know this song well.

  • Sassycatz

    Oh, I hope CJ and Dexter are singing “Islands in the Stream,” just as Michael Johns said David Cook and he were going to do when they were asked by a TV viewer whether they were collaborating and what they were going to sing on tour.

  • WiltedYouth

    Also, based on the accuracy of last week’s list, this is *most probably* the song order, as well.

  • BonnieDee

    And I actually like Dexter’s. Shocker.

  • Marko

    The girl is mine – CJ and Sam.
    It’s only love – Caleb and Jena.
    I knew you were waiting – Malaya and Alex.
    Islands in the stream – Jessica and Dexter.

  • Roimeister

    this looks like the performance order also… Dexter gets the death spot… another pimp spot for Caleb

  • BonnieDee

    I guess I like cheesy anthems. I’ve always liked this song.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    If that’s the performance order, I’m dead wrong about TPTB pimping Sam Woolf and bussing the Meat Loaf Muffin. This would be pretty damned near anointing the MLM as front-runner, once his target fanbase is cooing “he’s singing to meeeeeee!!!!!”

    If saving Woolf was because TPTB were hot on the trail of youth appeal, this makes no sense whatever.

    I’m not displeased to be wrong about manipulation, since there’s a point at which the predictability of the outcome outweighs the fun of being cynical… but it’s a weird capitulation to the aging fanbase that mostly isn’t buying the studio tracks.

  • babyspock

    Is this a c/p from somewhere or are you really Jimmy Smith?

  • Sassycatz

    He was good. (Thank you, Hollywood Reporter.)

    As the season 7 champ returns as a guest mentor on Wednesday, THR highlights Cook’s top competition performances of ’80s hits.

    That’s been the best part of this week — half week? — for me, reliving these 80’s covers from Season 7 people have been digging up.

  • LeoCS

    Thye won’t buss Caleb until Top3. They need him because the core audience obviously like him. Then they can pimp Alex to win the big prize.

  • Sassycatz

    Oops. Sorry didn’t realize that that article was in the headlines thread. (It’s been a long day.) However, I still want to hear CJ and Dexter duet on “Islands in the Stream.”

  • Mateja Praznik

    TOP 3 is way too late. By then, the fanbases are pretty much formed and it’s impossible to bus people.

  • Ringo Pascual

    Given the voting limits and the fact that you can vote immediately after the first performance, does the pimp spot meme still hold true? My impression is that going first or second does not foretell a B3 appearance any longer. I wonder if anyone has constructed an analysis of the correlation between song order and elimination risk based on this years show.

  • maymirabella

    Above you said Malaya and Alex… we know for sure who are doing the duets ?

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    I wonder if anyone has constructed an analysis of the correlation between song order and elimination risk based on this years show.

    Okay, the sample’s too small to do a real correlation, BUT let’s play with just the first slot, the last slot, and identifying the eliminated and B3 slots from Top 13 on.

    First slot: safe 3 times (50%), B3 but not eliminated twice (33%), eliminated once (17%).

    Last slot: safe 6 times (100%).

    Eliminations (excluding duets from the order): 3, 5, 5, 1, 2, 4.

    B3 but not eliminated: 2, 6, 1, 7, 1, 6, 2, 9, 5, 7, 2, 6.

    My tentative conclusions:
    1. The “pimp spot” is still the pimp spot. It may just be that it gets one of the strongest performances, to close the show on a high note, but in practice, it’s pretty darned safe. So was going 8th before the show got down to 8 people.

    2. Going first is still risky, though more for B3 than actually leaving. It’s one of the three or four worst spots overall, though.

    3. The worst spot may be second (hi, Puppy-Lovin’ Roberts!), with three non-elim B3s and one elimination. Or you could argue for fifth (hi, Teen Woolf!), with one non-elim B3 and two eliminations. Sixth has three non-elim B3s.

    Due to the tiny sample size, I’d feel more confident about considering the MLM safe than about considering Puppy-Lovin’ Roberts or Teen Woolf endangered… but I wouldn’t say that the risks of their positions have been eliminated under the new voting system. [ETA: There’s a reasonable question to be asked about whether three B3s for a position that’ll be in play for most of the season is simply random, though. If CJ Harris, now performing 7th, is B3 this week, you’d have five positions with three or more B3 visits, and that’s starting to look random.)

    (That was fun! I can think of more things to do with it but should really resist!)

  • Roimeister

    not only are there voting limits, but half the country can txt vote for the first time…

    fanbases are going to vote for their favorites whether they see the performance or not… they just don’t have the power they used to due to the limits…

    it’s the “previously casual voter” that seems to have the power this season now that their fingers don’t have to bleed in order to have an equal voice…

    if any meme develops this season, I’d bet it’s something like “what have you done for me lately?” with performance order having some effect, but performance quality having the greater effect…


  • Kathleen Moore

    Sounds reasonable. However if the list also gave the song order, they won’t have Alex singing his solo immediately after his duet.

    That said, I betcha the list lists the songs out of order.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Besides knowing either dexter or CJ will be in islands in the stream duet, duets seem unpredictable tonight

  • Matthew Kitson

    Well, this is what people wanted when asking for the typical themes back last week

  • Matthew Kitson

    Hey, this is what people said they wanted here last week when auditions theme was announced. Can’t have it both ways, ha.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    The performance order works if you make IKYWW CJ Harris + Malaya Watson (find a key, folks, and stick to it) and TGIM Preston + Woolf (the most laid-back hipster version evah, in which they both appear to have forgotten there was an actual girl they were fighting over).

  • Kariann Hart

    Alright, I will admit I am a happy camper. I mentioned, “Lights” by Journey to Caleb, but “Faithfully will do just fine. I know and like ALL the songs here. However, I don’t recognize Dexter’s choice. I hope they all bring forth their best!

  • JustJam

    Is is true that only one person is leaving this week?

  • Matthew Kitson

    They built the save into the schedule, so only one will go, yes. (Still don’t quite get how)

  • Roimeister

    good stuff!

    it makes me think of cause and effect though… meaning, do TPTB save what they think is the best for last? or do they truly save it for pimping?

    I think I’ll go with the manipulation angle… it’s more fun

  • fuzzywuzzy

    What’s his excuse in songs without any key changes? lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Geez. And we thought that the Sam and Malaya duet was bad. lol

  • H.A.

    I can’t believe this is the best songs that these kids have come up with.

  • jcabby

    I think Caleb will do well with the song. Journey is one of my all time favorite groups. Wishing him the best for his performance tonight!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m betting that there was a pretty short list of songs from which the contestants had to choose.

  • jcabby

    The most surprising thing about this list is that no one chose a Hall & Oates song.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    I think “big show closer” is last, at least as much as pimping.

    I think this year, there’s some effort to put weaker performances at certain points in the show… I can halfway envision what I need to do to allow for the chance of a given position being B3 any week, but I need to go home and use a math book, as I’m awful at combinations and permutations! #frustrated.

  • Kariann Hart

    Well, at least they are going to be inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame. Some of their lyrics might be considered risqué. You’re right, it is a surprise.

  • Kariann Hart

    I totally agree!

  • supersonic

    Of course Caleb is doing Journey. Oh, and it’s the worst one, too.

    In fact, all of these song choices are horrible. You get a theme like the 80s and this is what you come up with? At least there aren’t many of my favorites that will be ruined.

  • H.A.


  • Tommyo2000

    I knew you were waiting for me…. Pretty epic performance by jessica and Joshua… Gonna by tough to live up to both in the style and performance

  • torngorn


  • Kariann Hart

    I think David is definitely the best mentor these contestants could have at this point because he had a knack for turning processed cheese into a gourmet masterpiece.
    I think David will make a GOOD mentor. So glad someone besides Randy will be working with the Finalists. I have so much respect for him.

  • Jon Glass

    I agree. This song list is TERRIBLE.

  • Incipit

    “…reliving these 80’s covers from Season 7 people have been digging up.”

    Yes, it ‘is’ fun, Sassycatz – I didn’t know THR had done one – (Thanks) – the article that has been floating around everywhere all day was the one from Buzzfeed – 8 Awesome 80’s Songs Covered Awesomely By David Cook

    These are some of his 80’s covers ‘post’ Idol:

    1. “Drive” – The Cars (1984)

    2. “Here I Go Again” – Whitesnake (1987)

    3. (I Just) Died in Your Arms – Cutting Crew (1986)

    4. “Purple Rain” – Prince (1984)

    5. “Little Lies” – Fleetwood Mac (1987)
    With bonus Idols Adam Lambert and Kris Allen.

    6. “Hot For Teacher” – Van Halen (1984)

    7. “Shattered Dreams” – Johnny Hates Jazz (1987)

    8. “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” – Simple Minds (1985)

    Good Stuff.

    DC came into Idol specializing in a blend of 80’s Post Grunge melodic rock – so it’s no surprise to see many of his re-arranged post Idol covers in the last six years also came from that era – I just doubt there was enough time for DC to make a dent in the performances as a mentor on the show – when the list of songs we have seen here was probably already chosen and arranged…maybe even already recorded.

    We’ll soon see. Maybe the cast will have a take-away for the future weeks. That would be good too. IMO.

  • Kariann Hart

    Rapture had a section of Rap for Debra Harry.

  • Prime_Minister

    This seems likely, as it would mean no singer sings their solo and duet back to back:

    The Girl is Mine – Alex and Sam
    It’s Only Love – Caleb and Jena
    I Knew You Were Waiting – Malaya and CJ
    Islands in the Stream – Jessica and Dexter

  • Nikki Sliepcevic

    Agreed!! Thye always nag on Sam for not connecting or being boring, but Alex is the same way

  • Kariann Hart

    Same as Sam.

  • Prime_Minister

    Here’s the video of Joshua Ledet and Jessica Sanchez’s epic performance of “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me).” Good luck, Malaya and CJ.

    Probably one of the best duets on Idol ever. Casey/Haley and Adam/Allison are the other epic duets that come to mind.

  • MichaelG

    Joshua sounds awesome! CJ is no match for his vocals…let’s hope people don’t make comparisons. I’m not sure this duet (as a ‘duet’) comes close to Casey/Haley or Adam/Allison (which were 2 fantastic duets, as you noted)….but individually, Joshua Ledet is great here.

  • lkingcorn

    According to Amazon, we are in for a night of Karoke. I remember the 80s as having many stellar songs. This not making much sense.

  • Cory Patrick

    How dare they touch “I Knew You Were Waiting For Me” after Jessica and Josh. SMH.

  • Sue tiedemann

    Just listened to the songs on I-tunes. Caleb’s and Dexter’s sounded pretty good to me. I did not like C.J.’s nor Sam’s song. For some reason Alex’s didn’t sound great to me. As far as the girls I have to wait and see how they perform their songs.

  • Matthew Kitson

    If that’s the case, dexter lucks out as jess should be able to carry it

  • disqus_l9306FWZtD

    Take a listen to this:
    Sam sounds cool – haunting – I like it.

  • sue

    Really? Are these the only songs they could clear. I sad no more “Time After Time”!!!!!!!!!!! Damn it!!!!! Sam better do something really different with it or he’s a goner. I knew Malaya would do Chaka Khan since she played her in a play. Hopefully Cookie worked some magic and got these kids to learn how to emote and deliver a song?

  • sue

    Wow so different! I like it! Why can’t Sam do something like this on the show?

  • sue

    Don’t pass, lols….idol needs every viewer it can get. :) We need you, the duets could be fun to watch.

  • Blueknight24

    “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me” is like Joshua and Jessica’s best duet! Don’t ruin it. OKAY!

  • Anna106

    They definitely need this choir behind them tonight!!

  • disqus_4vqpvLiccZ

    It’s me – haha!

  • ohreli

    Listened to the VERY short previews. I know the live performances may be very different, but on the studio versions, Malaya sounds lovely, and so does C.J.! Alex sounds engagingly interesting, as usual. Caleb and Dexter, the usual–no surprises there. But I think Sam, Jessica and Jena have bad song choices….I don’t know how any of them are going to be able to not sound like sub-par karaoke versions….even Jena’s vocal prowess will have trouble with “I Love Rock N’ Roll”–there just isn’t much of anything new you can do with a song like that, unless you totally switch it up from simple 3-chord rock anthem to something entirely different….and it doesn’t sound like Jena is going to do that…

  • mshepnj

    “…but it’s a weird capitulation to the aging fanbase that mostly isn’t buying the studio tracks.”

    Oh that pesky “aging fanbase”. Sigh. I’m “aging” and Caleb’s performance style and musical vibe is not my cup of tea at all.

  • Karen C

    They bussed Haley at Top 3.

  • Vetle

    They did at least two of those duet songs in season 11…

  • Sassycatz

    They’d be better off without the guitars. They look like they care more about the guitars than the girl.

  • Q3

    Some of these song choices lead me to believe that some of these contestants has limited self awareness or understanding of their strengths.

    Idol should just retire a couple of these songs.

  • iluvai

    I see Malaya as a singer/actor. I’m not sure about an AI winner, but she is definitely talented.

  • Tom22

    exactly my thoughts. Why wouldn’t he play his guitar? He’s a musician who sings.. not just a singer… want him to tie an arm around his back too ? Sorry if that sounds snappy… I just didn’t read Nikki’s comment as being from someone who thought they’d like him even more if he didn’t play a guitar. Maybe it was a kind-hearted suggestion for him and I read it wrong.