The American Idol 9 Top 5 Sing Sinatra – Harry Connick Jr. Mentors

Harry Connick Jr. will mentor the American Idol 9 Top 5 next week as they tackle the songs of Frank Sinatra.

Crystal Bowersox, Mike Lynche, Casey James, Aaron Kelly and Lee DeWyze will choose from a list of 50 songs (found on iTunes) Check out the list after the Jump.

  • Check out the list HERE at iTunes. (And download this week’s iTunes performances!)

Harry Connick Jr. will be the first Idol mentor to arrange the songs and write the orchestrations for the contestants.  He’ll also be performing on Wednesday’s results show. Lady Gaga will also appear to perform “Bad Romance/Alejandro”

Let the speculation begin!

Song list after the JUMP…

  • All or Nothing At All
  • All the Way
  • Anything Goes
  • As Time Goes By
  • Blue Moon
  • Blue Skies
  • Come Dance with Me
  • Come Fly With Me
  • Come Rain or Come Shine
  • Fly Me to The Moon (In Other Words)
  • I Get A Kick Out of You
  • I Love Paris
  • I Only Have Eyes For You
  • I’ve Got a Crush On You
  • I’ve Got the World on a String
  • I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  • In The Still of the Night
  • In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning
  • It Had to Be You
  • It Was a Very Good Year
  • Just One of Those Things
  • Love and Marriage
  • Love is Here to Stay
  • Love Walked In
  • My Funny Valentine
  • My Kind of Town
  • My Way
  • New York, New York (From “On the Town”)
  • Night and Day
  • One For My Baby
  • Pennies From Heaven
  • Put Your Dreams Away
  • Someone to Watch Over Me
  • Somethin’ Stupid
  • Strangers in the Night
  • Street of Dreams
  • Summer Wind
  • That’s All
  • That’s Life
  • The Best is Yet to Come
  • The Good Life
  • The Lady is a Tramp
  • The Way You Look Tonight
  • They Can’t Take that Away From Me
  • What Is This Thing Called Love
  • Witchcraft
  • You Do Something To Me
  • You Make Me Feel So Young
  • You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me
  • Young at Heart

  • iluvai

    These are Aaron kind of songs. He needs to be about 10-20 years older.

    I think he will do great though! :)

  • NOLA

    This will be so great. Sinatra…enough said.
    Harry Connick, my homey…He will be a fabulous mentor!!!

  • Truthiness

    I loves me some Harry Connick and I know he’ll be a good mentor.

    That being said, why not make this show LESS relevant? I mean, it’s not boring enough with Elvis weeks, they’re going even further back to Sinatra? Oy vey.

    Well I’m sure that will be sure and woo the viewers bored with the show.

  • FruMiddleton

    This was the kind of theme night Siobhan had been asking for when they polled the contestants. Fate is cruel.

  • iluvai

    I love Frank! Not boring to me at all. :)

    Now if they would just have Bobby Darin night~

  • NOLA

    Miss Chrystal might have probs with this theme.
    Lost all my points too. Dammit, Mike, just go home already.
    You are boring.

  • wjmtv

    I lurve Harry Connick. It will be interesting to see how he does as mentor, seeing as how he’s been in the biz since he was, like, 2.

  • anovich

    So 3 of these songs were done at Top 5 last week during Rat Pack Week – I really hope none of them choose the same songs we saw from Kris, Allison and Danny last year.

  • bean99

    Love Harry and think that Lee will do well with it. I can see him doing a jazzy number. I just hope they can put a current spin on the songs ala Michael Buble or HC.

  • dancingqueen

    Love Harry, too, & he’s a close friend of Ellen’s, so should be fun. No clue what they should sing, but, a lot of Frank’s songs can be spiced up. You know, like “Pennies From Heaven” done Reggae! :)

  • http://myspace.com/morganmadelynne marymagdalene

    What would you bet that Mike is going to sing “New York, New York“…?

  • KrazeeK120

    I know that Frank Sinatra is “old” music, but it’s Frank FREAKING Sinatra!!!

    I really, really, really want Lee to sing “Fly Me To The Moon.” I think he could kill that song.

    Also, I hope Aaron is an epic fail so that he will go home after overstaying his welcome by about 7 weeks.

  • wjmtv

    KrazeeK120:
    04/28/2010 at 11:13 pm

    I really, really, really want Lee to sing “Fly Me To The Moon.” I think he could kill that song.

    Ooh. That would be pretty. Although it’s probably too much to hope for since Lee already did “The Boxer” for me. :)

    ETA: He could also do a fine job on “One For My Baby.”

  • Lu

    I love Sinatra and I love Harry Connick… YAY!

  • larc

    Love Harry and think that Lee will do well with it. I can see him doing a jazzy number.

    Lee definitely has the right kind of voice for something like “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning” or “One for My Baby.” It’s which song will Big Mike pick to smother in cheese that worries me.

  • kcostell

    My guess is Aaron will do “My Way”.

    If he can nail the vocals for once without wobbling, he has a good voice for it. I’d be worried about the verses though.

  • DLee

    I really, really, really want Lee to sing “Fly Me To The Moon.”

    Make it happen!

  • Kipper

    I am SO happy right now I could fly ME to the moon!
    LOVE Harry Connick Jr. ~ not that crazy about Sinatra, but LOVE Big Mike and LOVE Aaron too! I have no doubt that they’ll BOTH do well with these song choices, especially Michael! Can’t wait!

    And I thought this site was supposed to be positive and NOTputting down other fan favorites? I thought those were MJ’s rules ~ No bashing, right??? Aaron & Mike both have GREAT voices! They’re my 2 favorites!

  • Lys

    Aw. This is the theme Timmeh wanted to do.

    My guess is Aaron will do “My Way”.

    Hmm. That could either be surprisingly good or really, really bad.

  • webster

    Crystal should have no trouble, just pick one of the torchier ones. This is a good set of tunes for separating those with imagination from those without. Of course, that’s only relevant to the general music loving public, not the idol audience, particularly.

  • iluvai

    “Fly Me to the Moon” is nice!

  • Miss Blue

    For the love of all that’s holy, PLEASE let Crystal sing Someone To Watch Over Me. That beautiful voice + that beautiful song = One Giant Moment.

    Casey – Pick My Funny Valentine, strip it all the way down, grab your electric guitar, pick out the notes and do it Hendrix-Star-Spangled-Banner style. I will vote until my fingers fall off.

    Aaron is going to sound ridiculous doing anything on that list. He’s got the pipes but nothing else and it will show.

    Mike will pick NY, NY or My Way and ham it up until the pigs are squealing.

    And Lee will sing whatever completely out of tune.

  • zzatrms

    And Lee will sing whatever completely out of tune.

    LOL …. why change now?

  • galaxygrrl

    Crystal should have no trouble, just pick one of the torchier ones

    Totally. She should sing My funny Valentine

    For the love of all that’s holy, PLEASE let Crystal sing Someone To Watch Over Me.

    :( That is Alison’s song. I played that on my iPod so much that if it was a vinyl, it would have been warn out.

  • iluvai

    Aaron for better or for worst is #5 on S9 of Idol.

  • jujumagumbo

    I would be a lot more excited about this if I could look forward to Siobhan at the very least being different. I can just see five really boring performances on the horizon.

  • seriously

    Guh. Bring on rock week. That’s what I feel. Of course, I’m a teenager and know only two Sinatra songs.

  • cookcricket

    Poor Siobhan, she could have done “My Way”.

    I think Crystal will be great! Only I don’t want her to do “Someone to Watch Over Me”, because I love Allison’s version so much!

    I think Casey may struggle unless he is able to change it to his own style.

    Lee will be fine because the judges won’t have it any other way.

    Aaron may be fine…

    Mike will be cheese topped with cheese and then slathered in cheese. With a dollop of cheese on top, just in case you missed it.

    This is Frank Sinatra! Classics never, ever get old! He was before my time, but I enjoy listening to anything by him. I only know a few of his songs, but most of these titles definitely sound familiar.

    So 3 of these songs were done at Top 5 last week during Rat Pack Week – I really hope none of them choose the same songs we saw from Kris, Allison and Danny last year.

    Make that four, “My Funny Valentine”, Matt Girard. Definitely his wheelhouse, but the night he went home. hmmmm, the save, will it finally be Mike’s time?

  • sue

    I FLOVE Sinatra! So many great songs to choose from. They have done Big Band/ Rat Pack week before and a lot of standards have been covered by idols in the past. Melinda’s “My Funny Valentine” comes to mind. They should totally bring Melinda back next week. Idols tend to do pretty well with this genre IMO.

  • Truthiness

    My choice for Casey? “It Was A Very Good Year.” I know, kind of left field, but I think he could maybe connect to it has a kind of wistful thing that seems to be his wheelhouse, and I think it hasn’t been done to death on the show. I could be rong about that, not sure of my AI history enough.

    Downside? If he gets eliminated? really ironic song choice.

  • http://mattgiraudfans.net 3DoorsDownFan

    Actually Casey lists Frank Sintra as one of his musical influences. So I think he will be fine.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2010/02/casey-james/1

    Musical influences: Ronnie Bowman, Harry Connick Jr., Frank Sinatra, James Taylor, Chris Cornell. “My favorite singer is Doyle Bramhall II.”

    I think Lee and Aaron may have a difficult time. Lee is so limited vocally and whenever he sings a slower song you can hear how bad of a vocalist he really is. Just don’t get how he is considered a front runner?

  • Letitride

    I’d love for Casey to do “You Do Something To Me” – in a soulful and bluesy Paul Wellter style.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tM1rSTOs7Zs

  • http://www.mtvnews.com jambajim

    Harry Connick, Jr mentoring the Top 5, eh? Fingers crossed he brings his gun. #Snap

  • abbysee

    My initial reaction to Sinatra songs was ugh, but upon further reflection I think that all of the remaining idols could really do well. Sinatra is solid pop music at it’s very finest and all of them should be able to find a great song to mold into something unique to them. Lee and Crystal almost always pick great songs, this time will be no exception. I also think since Casey has listed Sinatra as one of his influences he has a chestnut or two he can pull from his bag of tricks. I really don’t like the kid, so I don’t really care what he sings. I wish Archie had gotten his hand on some Sinatra though. I wasn’t crazy about Siobhan, but i would have loved to see what she would have chosen, this throwback stuff is probably better suited for her than I first thought, she just never knew what she was good at except the scream, and not always to good results. I really don’t want anyone to take on My Way, so Mike and Aaron don’t even try it!

  • abbysee

    Harry Connick, Jr mentoring the Top 5, eh? Fingers crossed he brings his gun. #Snap

    He he he, just had to go there huh? :)

  • mozart4898

    I could see Crystal doing “My Funny Valentine” or “Someone to Watch Over Me,” either one. Then again, she seems to have defied predictions every week this year from what I’ve seen, so we’ll see. I don’t think it’ll be a hard week for her at all though in response to what someone said earlier. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if next week she knocks one clean out of the building. Mike will have no trouble with this theme either (although yes, there is the potential for extra cheese). Aaron really should be ok as well although he needs to be careful to pick something that he’s going to be solid on pitch wise – some of these songs have more complex melodic lines and he has had some pitch issues in the past. “My Way” would be a HUGE song for him to tackle, but you know, that kid is crazy enough he just might try.

    Lee and Casey could both struggle with this unless they’re able to find something that stays in a more limited range or simpler melody line. Their vocal tones won’t really lend themselves to a traditional interpretation of these songs so they’re going to need something they can change up somehow. That said, like I said for Aaron, these melodies are often more complex than those of the songs they’ve done so far. Lee’s frequent pitch issues could be a BIG problem for him. And Casey’s goat vibrato will come through worse than ever if he picks a song with a more lyrical sustained melodic line…like probably 3/4 of this list has.

    At what point do they start getting to perform longer? I thought sometime around this point they got like 3-4 minutes instead of about 2 minutes – so they could do pretty much a whole song. I know soon (top 4?) they’ll do 2 songs each.

  • springboard

    Are they doing one or two songs?

  • Inconnu

    Last year, at Top 5, they did the Standards week. They only sang one song each. Much better way, if you ask me.

  • cookcricket

    Actually Casey lists Frank Sintra as one of his musical influences. So I think he will be fine.

    Oh thank you for that because I like Casey! :D I almost voted for him last night, but since Crystal got the not so great judge critics, I focused on her.

  • http://www.fatladysings.us TFLS

    Wonder if someone will tackle “One for My Baby”. Talk about difficult. I think Crystal could handle it – sure love to see her try, anyway. The phrasing is a bitch – not to mention tempo changes throughout. So many possible approaches: presentational, introspective. Helluva song. It’s flat out my favorite Johnny Mercer tune, bar none. Overall, I’m kinda partial to Billie Holiday’s interpretation – but then I used to sing most of her songbook way back in the long ago – so you could say I’m biased. Lot’s of good songs to choose from next week. It will be interesting to see who ends up with what. This could make or break singers like Casey or Aaron. Mike should do well. He certainly knows his way around a ballad…but will he try and change it up?

  • Inconnu

    I’m looking forward to next week’s theme and meanwhile, I’m enjoying reading the posts about it.

  • bjames

    I’m not sure I care to see this Top 5 sing anything.

    Wah wah…

  • http://www.noahsarkworkshop.com/tammyluebrecht_s9189 tammyinohio

    I think I’ll skip watching next Tuesday and just get right to voting and then watch the results show. A whole hr listening to Sinatra is just too much for me.

  • Lulu2

    NOTE TO ALL REMAINING CONTESTANTS: Unless you WANT to get voted off, Do NOT sing (To be clear: NO! NO! NO!):
    1. Come Rain or Come Shine
    2. My Funny Valentine
    3. Someone to Watch Over Me
    4. The Way You Look Tonight
    (Not in any particular order; they are ALL disastrous to choose.)

    There are some fabulous songs in this category, but to really understand how wonderful they are, don’t listen to Sinatra. He was so wrapped up in how cool he was (not to mention copying Billie Holiday’s phrasing), he had no soul. These songs really had soul. Listen to: Louie Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Maxine Sullivan, Tony Bennett, Nina Simone, for example, if you want a brief sample of how cool these songs can be.

  • alxsavage

    I adore Sinatra! Great music cannot get old, and that is the case with Frank.

    Unfortunately, I cannot see any of the remaining contestants having an obviously good week with this theme, except for Michael, who I just don’t care about.

    On the other hand, the fact that Aaron loves to sing ballads doesn’t mean that he is good at it. My early guess is that Aaron is leaving us next week unless he has a great moment or somebody else absolutely tanks. If you think about it, out of the 7 contestants gone, 5 of them left after a week in which they weren’t on the B3.

    With this on mind my suggestions would be:

    Crystal – That’s Life (she could take it to church!). Come Rain Come Shine would be great for her, but to be fair, Gokey owns it on the idol stage.

    Lee – He absolutely should do this version of I’ve Got You Under My Skin. Well, maybe. It would be a moment, no doubt, could win him the competition. On the other hand, how would the audience react to such a risk on the big classic Idol night? Big risk, but this season needs a cool cover.

    Mike – Somethin’ Stupid (if he dares to do something fun).

    Aaron – Someone to Watch Over Me. Just because it’s already done better by another contestant. I just hope he doesn’t touch Strangers in the Night, only because I adore that song and it would hurt to hear it ruined, thank you.

    Casey – Uh…no idea. I cannot picture Casey doing standards, but if Sinatra is an influence of his, then I’m sure he’ll be just fine.

    Let’s hope they bring in the elegance and swagger, is it too much too ask?

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Tuesday: 8-9pm ET:
    -Top 5 Perform Frank Sinatra Songs
    -Mentor: Harry Connick Jr.
    *Connick Jr. will be the first mentor to arrange the songs, write the orchestrations for the contestants and perform.

  • mozart4898

    ^^^ Ooooohh, he’s doing the arrangements and orchestrations for them too? Wow. Wonder if they’re getting to actually work with him on them, or if he’s just doing it pretty much all on his own once they’ve given him their picks? Where did you see that?

    That could be a very interesting twist for next week. I get the feeling that sometimes contestants (maybe more often than just “sometimes”) will pick a song they like, but then when it comes time to perform just go with whatever arrangement the band already has, or mostly let someone else control the arrangement. I get the feeling that Crystal definitely has had input on some of her arrangements, and I think a few of the others have too (Casey and Lee come to mind). I think Siobhan last night went with pretty much the stock arrangement, right off the Shania album, and just stuck the scream in at the end – and it probably didn’t help her any.

  • mozart4898

    NOTE TO ALL REMAINING CONTESTANTS: Unless you WANT to get voted off, Do NOT sing (To be clear: NO! NO! NO!):
    1. Come Rain or Come Shine
    2. My Funny Valentine
    3. Someone to Watch Over Me
    4. The Way You Look Tonight
    (Not in any particular order; they are ALL disastrous to choose.)

    I don’t totally agree. Yes I know you’re saying this because of others having done them already on the show in past years, but on the other hand, if you’ve got the skills to do it, then why not? I certainly don’t think, for example, that if Crystal thinks she can pull off “Someone to Watch Over Me” she shouldn’t do it just because it’s been done before, and done well. These songs are probably historically some of the most redone songs there are – that’s why they’re often referred to as “standards.”

    Now if they’re on the fence between a song that has been done well on the show before, and another one they like equally as well that has never been, then yeah, I can see the logic.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Connick Jr. will be the first mentor to arrange the songs, write the orchestrations for the contestants and perform.

    Are they looking to Harry Connick Jr. as a possible replacement for Rickey Minor?

  • Adamdebomb

    Sinatra? Again. Groan. I like some Sinatra, or perhaps I did the first 100,000 times I heard the songs. Think I’m going to skip it as well. The top five are boring and Sinatra is boring. For that matter, I think Connick is overrated and boring. (And fyi, once upon a time I worked for Connick Sr.).
    I think it is funny that the judges are always talking about “current” and yet, they dig up the same horrible themes, year after year.

  • dancingqueen

    Are they looking to Harry Connick Jr. as a possible replacement for Rickey Minor?

    tripp – I had the exact same thought when I read that.

  • savgal

    Sorry, I think these songs are some of the best ever written. Hey, Kris did a fantastic job with “The Way You Look Tonight”! But I agree, stay away from the ones that are always done.
    One of my all-time favorite songs is “One For My Baby”. It almost needs to be acted out, like leaning over the bar with a drink in hand. Would be a risk, but Mike could pull this off so well with a fedora.
    “In the Wee Small Hours” was a hit for Carly Simon. IDK if I want Crystal to go the crooning route, or the bluesy route. “Come Rain or Come Shine” could work for her, if she goes back to belting. Unfortunately, some of Sinatra’s bluesier songs aren’t on this list. Have waited for five years for someone to sing “Blues in the Night” on this show.
    Casey could knock “That’s Life” out of the park if he does it SRV style.
    Probably Lee and Aaron will do ballads.
    We are big Sinatra fans at our house (baby boomers and three college kids) so can’t wait for next week.

  • wjmtv

    alxsavage:
    04/29/2010 at 3:41 am

    Lee – He absolutely should do this version of I’ve Got You Under My Skin. Well, maybe. It would be a moment, no doubt, could win him the competition. On the other hand, how would the audience react to such a risk on the big classic Idol night? Big risk, but this season needs a cool cover.

    That was really cool. Thanks for sharing.

  • renataamelo

    I hope somebody sings SWAY. It´s a amazing song! Wait no! They´re gonna ruined. DON´T!

  • Margaux

    You know there’s only one song Lee should sing this week:
    “My kind of town, CHICAGO is”

    It’s got an uptempo swing, the range won’t be a challenge.. the homecoming week crowd will love it.

    Casey and Harry C II can come up with some hot N’owluns bluesy arrangement, maybe “Summer wind”? or “That’s Life”?

    Crystal will be successful if she goes more Ella or Billie with plenty of attitude, than with the Linda Ronstadt/Carly Simon remakes.

    And I really don’t care what Aaron and Mike do because it will sound the same..

  • offside

    One of my all-time favorite songs is “One For My Baby”. It almost needs to be acted out, like leaning over the bar with a drink in hand.

    Savgal, have you ever seen Fred Astaire sing/dance to the song in the film The Sky’s The Limit? Worth checking out since you had that particular scenario in mind.
    I’m disappointed my favourite, I Fall In Love Too Easily. isn’t on the list.

  • jpfan

    It’s not just the singing that will be boring. Doing Sinatra music needs some cool clothes, cool attitude. But this season we have Crystal with the dreads and piercings, Casey with that unwashed mop, Lee who just looks constipated 24/7 and Big Mike who is morphing into the black Shrek. Aaron is just some little kid.

    And you know not one of them will make the effort to look special for the theme.

  • ettacandy

    And you know not one of them will make the effort to look special for the theme.

    Aww, jpfan, have some hope willya? :-) You never know. These kids have shown some effort in the past and they may clean up well for you and all of us this week, as well. This general theme has, in the past, brought out some incredible performances. I think we might be in for some pleasant surprises. I still have hope!!

    And if nothing else, Harry Connick will class up the joint. LOVE HIM and love his music! Even my husband’s watching AI next week.

  • offside

    jpfan, your post is hilarious!
    These songs have been performed for generations; I have a feeling the contestants will mostly sing them with little change to their original arrangements, save a little less brass.

  • BootStar

    Wow, I’m actually excited about next week! Never thought I’d say that this season.

    As far as what’s “current,” Michael Buble is a huge *current* star, so I think this is an excellent theme. Not everybody loves a lot of Top 40 music, so this should be a nice change. And I love that Harry will be doing the arranging and orchestration. I wonder if he’ll suggest Casey drop his guitar for a week? I would love to see Casey decked out in a sapphire-colored sharkskin suit with some dark shades singing the blues. Crystal is going to be fantastic too, no doubt. Actually, I expect them all to do very well. Just sad we won’t get to see Siobhan this week. I think she more than any of the others could have used some serious mentoring and she would have sounded fantastic without all the screeching that I’m sure Harry would have nixed.

    I do suspect this may be an “audition” for Harry as the new bandleader, as I suspect they were auditioning Shania Twain to replace Kara. She could fill the “excitement void” at the judges’ table left by Paula and knows just as much about music as “industry expert” and “buffoon” (credit that to Tom Shales) Kara DioGuardi.

    And I disagree, jpfan, I think they’ll all be decked out next week. They always do for this theme. Even Kris Allen dressed up last season. He and Allison both looked incredible and sang incredibly well, as did everyone that week, if I recall correctly.

    How are the Glee single sales for this week? Because they did a number of old standards on the last episode, and there’s no question those were some brilliantly written songs. I think a lot of young kids will get a kick out of some classics being done on Idol, as well, as long as they’re well-performed.

    The more I think about it, this could draw the “Mad Men” crowd as well. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of Hollywood costumers want in on the action. I know if I were a wardrobe person, I’d love to dress Casey and Siobhan for the theme. (Maybe they can dress her up and have her sit in the audience next week. :-( )

    Actually, I’m now wondering if they’re possibly “auditioning” Harry and Shania for the New X Factor!

  • ettacandy

    These songs have been performed for generations; I have a feeling the contestants will mostly sing them with little change to their original arrangements, save a little less brass.

    offside, I read that Connick is doing the arranging and orchestrations this week. He’s actually quite quirky and inventive, so while many will feature the classic arrangements I believe we will hear some interesting “new” things.

    I think Casey and Crystal will benefit from Harry’s penchant for Nawlins Blues. I think Mike and Aaron will go classic Frank. I’m rooting for a “come rain or come shine” moment from Lee; that was the only Gokey song I downloaded last year and I listen to it frequently.

    More than anything else, I am sincerely hoping for a night of good music. We have earned it, people.

  • Holden

    I would love to hear Crystal sing “One For My Baby.” She’d be amazing. I’m not a big Aaron fan, but he could be endearing on “Something Stupid.” Lee might do well with “Night & Day.” Mike will probably ham up “New York, New York” (although I really hope he doesn’t). Tough theme for Casey, maybe “Summer Wind.” I would have enjoyed hearing Siobhan sing “Come Rain or Come Shine,” but alas, it was not meant to be.

  • sr4mjc

    Harry Connick Jr. will be the first Idol mentor to arrange the songs and write the orchestrations for the contestants.

    Well, I guess they won’t be leaving it up to chance that they might come up with shitty arrangements.

  • Allison

    I’m really looking forward to Harry Connick’s work! But these vocalists can’t hold a candle to Sinatra’s phrasing, so it may be a real let-down.
    Please pick songs we haven’t heard before – there are plenty to go around. Example: I don’t want “Come Rain or Come Shine” (McPhee memories). And no “The Way you Look Tonight”. (Reminds me of John Stevens, though I loved him.)

  • Nina1

    Great music cannot get old, and that is the case with Frank.

    Oh, I beg to differ. Frank peaked in the late 1940s and the judges keep telling the contestants to be “current.” These songs have been waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay oversung, so much so that it is difficult to impossible to put a new spin on them. Sheesh, I’m a crone and don’t want to hear them.

    Ah, well, maybe harry can whip up some funky arrangements. Please….

  • ggdoorsfan

    In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning

    One For My Baby

    Come Fly With Me

    my 3 fave sinatra tunes… i hope someone sings one of them, and is able to do it justice. ol’ blue eyes was a staple on the record player in my household growing up, my grandma and mom loved him, and all the rat pack’s music. i think this is where my love affair and partiality w/ good vocalists began – frank no doubt is one of the, if not the greatest pop singer/vocalist/song stylists ever. and harry connick jr. on deck to arrange and orchestrate for the contestants… sweet. he’ll be the nelson riddle for these kids, and they’ll need all the help they can get to do these classics justice.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61J2nd7NETU

  • http://www.dancin.ca dancin

    Frank and Ella doingThe Lady is a Tramp… ya know Crystal could kill on this song lol
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQwRhMn6D2U&feature=related

    but dunno how they could change it up for just her singing it :)
    i’m actually looking forward to this theme :)

  • sb2

    It would’ve been interesting to hear how a certain contestant made Sinatra songs “relevant”, “contemporary”, “current” and “something you’d hear on the radio”.. But I’m not watching anymore, so nevermind.

  • jpfan

    Kris didn’t dress up but he didn’t look downright dirty. Which is what Crystal and Casey do on many a night. None of the S9 folks have the showmanship to get the visuals right. Anyway, good for having HC Jr. on to make sure the arrangements will be true to the period.

    And what’s the connection between Lady Gaga and Sinatra? She’ll be performing on results night. WTF?

  • ggdoorsfan

    Frank and Ella doingThe Lady is a Tramp… ya know Crystal could kill on this song lol
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQwRhMn6D2U&feature=related

    sweeeeeeeeeeeeet dancin’ – i’m going to pull up sinatra on my ipod and immerse myself in his music today… sometimes it’s good to be be still, and listen to someone who’s voice is itself an instrument. don’t need no dancers, don’t need no flashing lights, don’t need no autotune – give me the voice, and i’m happy :D

  • ggdoorsfan

    And what’s the connection between Lady Gaga and Sinatra? She’ll be performing on results night. WTF?

    they’re both italian? lol… :D i dunno, she’s there purely to drive ratings i suppose….

  • http://www.dancin.ca dancin

    sometimes it’s good to be be still, and listen to someone who’s voice is itself an instrument. don’t need no dancers, don’t need no flashing lights, don’t need no autotune – give me the voice, and i’m happy

    I soo agree ggdoorsfan

  • lucy

    Frank Sinatra. Of all singers, one of those who most fully inhabited all his songs, expressing the lyrics as if he were a great actor in a play. Season 9 doing this? Dunno. And even though Siobhan seemed to want a week kind of like this one, I hadn’t seen her being a success at this trick in the previous weeks. She seemed to gravitate toward some standard-type songs, but except in House of the Rising Sun she didn’t show me the ability to inhabit the songs. Seemed to me she just tried to bring the pretty. And that didn’t make you a really top-flight performer of the standards even in the 40s. Sinatra, Ella — they were about the meaning way more than the melody, to me.

    They should listen to Jamie Cullum’s versions of these standards, rather than Connick’s, too, in my opinion. Cullum shows how you do the Sinatra thing in a contemporary, rather than a karaoke, way, as far as I’m concerned.

  • ggdoorsfan

    now this was one cool cat! gotta go make the donuts, and this has me finger poppin’ and boppin’ all the way out the door :D

    Frank Sinatra fly me to the moon
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9h0MNMfKuQ

  • tinawina

    Harry Connick Jr is arranging? I’m am so geeked for this.

    Crystal and Mike are going to kill next week. I’ll be shocked if they don’t.

    I LOVE standards week. It is all about the craft of singing. Who cares about “relevancy” this week? Show me what you got.

  • Truthiness

    Kris didn’t dress up but he didn’t look downright dirty.

    Kris did dress up. He wore a suit and everything! Now granted I thought his Rat Pack song was rather meh, not bad, just not good, but he did make the effort to look good. You can’t hold that against him!

    None of the S9 folks have the showmanship to get the visuals right.

    Well I’ll grant you they probably won’t have the showmanship, but I think they will be dressed up, and hey, sometimes that can help people get into a role more, so maybe they’ll have some swagger.

    Bwah! as if. There isn’t a bit of swagger in this group between them. They’re either colourless and/or earnest. Yaawwwnnn.

  • Nina1

    It just dawned on me how much Aaron Kelly looks like Frank Sinatra in his 1940s movies. This could be a banner week for Aaron if he plays his cards right.

  • sunny2

    Kris didn’t dress up but he didn’t look downright dirty

    Just to refresh your memory, Kris looked very handsome and sounded great.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiCaTg9mgbw

  • jpfan

    Sorry, I meant in general Kris always looked nicely dressed. Casual but clean. I wasn’t referring to standards night when everyone dressed up. Some of the S9 folk look almost unwashed. Know what I mean?

  • http://www.dancin.ca dancin

    lol i’m a swinging and a bopping in my chair at work i love this music hehe

  • jericho

    Are they looking to Harry Connick Jr. as a possible replacement for Rickey Minor?

    I do suspect this may be an “audition” for Harry as the new bandleader,

    Not a chance. Why would a man who has sold upwards of 20+ million records (16 million of them certified), that has 7 top 20 U.S. albums and ten number-one U.S. jazz albums, (earning more number-one albums than any other artist in the US jazz chart history), take a gig as a band leader on a show that, questionably, is on its last legs? The man has 3 Grammys and an Emmy. Nope, not a chance.

  • BootStar

    Some of the S9 folk look almost unwashed. Know what I mean?

    No, actually I don’t. I don’t think Crystal or Casey have ever looked dirty or “unwashed.” Maybe their look is too “white trash” for some, but I find them both quite attractive and typical of what you see amongst indie and alternative artists. Dreadlocks are not, by definition, dirty, nor is long hair on a guy. A lot of what they’ve been wearing the last several weeks, no doubt, is very expensive clothing made to look beat.

    And while I’d have to agree it’s a stretch that Connick Jr. would want the Idol gig (I think it’s X Factor they’re “auditioning” for, actually), maybe he would do it just because he’d ENJOY it! It would be an enormous platform for him.

  • jericho

    Some of the S9 folk look almost unwashed. Know what I mean?

    Honestly, not a clue.

  • Suzanne

    i wonder how fast someone grabbed In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning?

    This is going to be a great week. I love this music and I love Harry.

  • lucy

    It sounds to me as if a lot of people want them to karaoke these songs, mainly. They’re pure pop/jazz songs, just a little more melodic and swingy than they would be if they were composed today. Just as with the Stones songs, and so on, there’s no reason they can’t be made over into contemporary-feeling country or emoish slightly rocking or smooth R&Bish or punky-folk girl versions.

    I want the finalists to sing like themselves, on these very strong songs, many of which are *so* strong that they can easily stand up to contempo makeovers. I’ll be quite disappointed if they all come out trying to sing or act like Sinatra and the Rat Pack or bring that specific attitude or dress like that or whatever. Isn’t that what the judges were repeatedly (and correctly, in my opinion) criticizing Siobhan for? Not being herself, the 21st-century woman, but singing like Doris Day et al and thus not allowing the classic songs to obviously express her own modern-day soul?

    They can still demonstrate their “pure musical” chops while changing the songs up a bit to express themselves and express today. If they really did this, it would be a great evening of entertainment. If they, instead, sing the songs in a copy of FS style, no matter how well they sing them technically, to me that’ll just be like sitting around listening to people’s vocal lessons.

    (ETA that I would definitely make an exception to this for anybody who had actually chosen for his/her own style a throwbacky jazz thingie, like Connick himself. But we know that that’s not the style any of these people have chosen for themselves. Even Connick, though, has a contemporary twist on things.)

  • larc

    This is going to be a great week. I love this music and I love Harry.

    This may sound like musical sacrilege, but I’d actually rather hear Harry sing than Sinatra. Sinatra was great and all that, but Harry’s voice just seems to wrap around the lyrics a little more.

  • Suzanne

    I think Lee and Aaron may have a difficult time. Lee is so limited vocally and whenever he sings a slower song you can hear how bad of a vocalist he really is. Just don’t get how he is considered a front runner?

    You know–Lee does not have very good pitch at all. Whenever he tries something slow it shows. But I also think he’s decent at picking songs for himself. Maybe “I’ve Got the World on a String”? A song with some tempo?

  • Suzanne

    I want the finalists to sing like themselves, on these very strong songs, many of which are *so* strong that they can easily stand up to contempo makeovers. I’ll be quite disappointed if they all come out trying to sing or act like Sinatra and the Rat Pack or bring that specific attitude or dress like that or whatever.

    I feel the same way, Lucy. But with Harry doing orchestrations for them all, if one of them comes out strumming a guitar and singing “That’s All” (which I think would be incredible with just a little guitar picking), that performance will just get drowned. They’re probably going to have the whole band on the stage like last year’s rat pack week. someone who doesn’t use the horns and the whole band will be out of it.

  • colette

    LOVED Kris doing “Just the way you look tonight” — stupid Simon “wet” comment aside. Remember this is when he SWOONED Jamie Foxx…Also Melinda doing “Funny Valentine” — good times, people, good times!

    this is where the lack of versatility in this season may rear it’s ugly ahead, I fear — Mike can do it, because he’s really a pure, good ballad singer who can handle a sophisticated standard — the rest should maybe go bluesy?

    it’s sort of like when Elvis put on a tux and tried to sing standards…not his game at all…..

  • lucy

    I feel the same way, Lucy. But with Harry doing orchestrations for them all, if one of them comes out strumming a guitar and singing “That’s All” (which I think would be incredible with just a little guitar picking), that performance will just get drowned. They’re probably going to have the whole band on the stage like last year’s rat pack week. someone who doesn’t use the horns and the whole band will be out of it.

    True!

    I’m hoping HC can be a bit more flexible in his arranging — Say, arranging a song here and there with just piano, percussion, bass, or something. … It’s not just full orchestra that has the jazz/swing pedigree!

    Much as I love Frank on his own, I really will not be into Karaoke Harry/Frank night at all, if that’s what it turns out to be.

  • gangreen29

    Some of the S9 folk look almost unwashed. Know what I mean?

    No I don’t. You especially mentioned Crystal and Casey, and I think they look great each week. Casey has some of the prettiest hair I have ever seen on a guy. Just because Crystal has dreads doesn’t mean she is unwashed. Her hair is looks super soft and is very shiny, and her dreads are very well taken care of.

  • larc

    Just to refresh your memory, Kris looked very handsome and sounded great.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiCaTg9mgbw

    That was Top 5 week when Kris along with Adam made it into the Bottom 3, BTW. :lol: But I’m not sure either was rightfully there since I don’t recall Ryan ever actually saying Kris and Adam got the lowest number of votes next to Matt (he was eliminated).

  • googletot

    Some of the S9 folk look almost unwashed. Know what I mean?

    Lee’s sloppy clothes look more unwashed than Crystal or Casey’s hair!

  • savgal

    You know there’s only one song Lee should sing this week:
    “My kind of town, CHICAGO is”

    Brilliant!

  • sr4mjc

    I’m still stuck on letting Harry do the arrangements and orchestrations for them. Defeats the purpose of them finding their own inner artist doesn’t it? I guess Kara can’t complain about artistry and making things your own when Harry is doing them. I wonder how much input the kids will have. It’s like complaining about song selection when the producers pick for you. And the key of NoBo when you can’t change it..ugh…

  • Shorty

    Crystal doing this song, in this style.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4HACt_TqD4

  • lucy

    I’m still stuck on letting Harry do the arrangements and orchestrations for them. Defeats the purpose of them finding their own inner artist doesn’t it? I guess Kara can’t complain about artistry and making things your own when Harry is doing them. I wonder how much input the kids will have. It’s like complaining about song selection when the producers pick for you. And the key of NoBo when you can’t change it..ugh…

    Sounds kind of like having them sing Shania Twain songs and only Shania Twain songs (unlike, say, Gwen Stefani week, which I also wasn’t a fan of but where, at least, they got to sing people who “influenced” her and not just her stuff.). And where they had two judges placed to say that ST had written some of the best songs in the known universe. Which, uh, no, she hasn’t, Randy. (And I *like* ST as a person and a performer, though I do think her songs are forgettable in the extreme, for the most part.)

    Both this week’s arrangement and next week’s arrangement give the strong impression that these days they’re just letting the guest mentors and their management decide how best to work the show so that it’ll be a total PR placement for them. And the actual, you know, contestants be damned. Sort of like the LA Times selling their entire front page to advertise the Alice in Wonderland movie.

    Life is just one big product placement.

  • MaryS-NJ

    I want to hear Casey sing “I Only Have Eyes For You”. That is all.

  • sunny2

    That was Top 5 week when Kris along with Adam made it into the Bottom 3, BTW. But I’m not sure either was rightfully there since I don’t recall Ryan ever actually saying Kris and Adam got the lowest number of votes next to Matt (he was eliminated).

    I totally forgot about that!!! I went and watched last years Idolatry to remember. Ahh Season 8, remember when Idol was fun!!!

    As for Sinatra night, I’m really glad Harry Connick will be able to help them with arrangements. They should take the next step and let the idols sing longer songs.

  • http://www.dancin.ca dancin

    Crystal doing this song, in this style.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4HACt_TqD4

    ooh ya great choice

  • KayGee

    Antoher Aaron Kelly ballad – YIPPEE!!! (Insert MAJOR ROLLEYES, and Sarcasm)…

    Thank God for DVR service, because I can FF through the majority of this crapfest… (I love Frank Sinatra singing his songs, but this bunch of people – not so much.)

    Whew when I think about it, it makes me scrunch my face thinking of these bland people singing this songbook. They haven’t done justice to any of the genre’s thus far, and I don’t see this being the exception. Granted they all can sing “to a degree” but they have no real Sinatra type swagger!!!

  • tinawina

    Defeats the purpose of them finding their own inner artist doesn’t it?

    I don’t quite look at it that way. Part of the game of the show is to display how you’d fit in as a current artist. Part of it is to show your own vocal style. And part of it is to show your versatility. I file weeks like this under versatility.

    If they just came out every week and did one of the 3 over and over it would be boring. In fact, contestants that change every song into their preferred genre, or sing in the same vocal style, or jump styles every week do get called boring and predictable. Or they get told they don’t know who they are. Its the contestants that can balance all 3 that tend to win.

  • Lulu2

    dancin:
    04/29/2010 at 1:55 pm
    Crystal doing this song, in this style.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4HACt_TqD4

    ooh ya great choice

    (Referring to Come Rain or Come Shine by BB King and Eric Clapton)

    No!! No more same old, same old songs,again and again! There are literally hundreds of songs that a savvy contestant could request that Sinatra sung (See Lambert, Adam, Whole Lotta Love) and they can ALL be done in this style, bluesy jazz. In fact, bluesy jazz is where the songs really shine, not in Frank Sinatra Easy Listening land. There are many fine songs on the list and some real dinks, but this list isn’t all there is, probably not even all the songs for which there is clearance. Street of Dreams (on the list) is a great, never overdone anywhere, song. Until the Real Thing Comes Along (not on the list) is a fabulous song. Mnay of these songs are ballads, or usually sung that wway, but have we heard Crystal sing a ballad yet? I want to hear it!!!

  • jpfan

    Well, VFTW’s nickname for Crystal is Pigpen so I’m not the only one who thinks she looks sloppy. I’m pretty sure everyone on the show bathes though. They just don’t have that smooth Rat Pack look to say the least. :)

  • sr4mjc

    If they just came out every week and did one of the 3 over and over it would be boring. In fact, contestants that change every song into their preferred genre, or sing in the same vocal style, or jump styles every week do get called boring and predictable. Or they get told they don’t know who they are. Its the contestants that can balance all 3 that tend to win.

    Very true, but they should be able to sink or swim on their own arrangements and decisions, not Harry’s, that is my issue. Like Lee and the bagpipes, Danny and the harp. But we don’t know how much input they will have, but the quote above sounds like Harry is doing it for them.

    Although maybe this is a good thing because this group clearly needs the help.

  • larc

    Although maybe this is a good thing because this group clearly needs the help.

    It’s my guess that’s exactly what TPTB at Idol are thinking. Is this the first time a mentor has helped contestants out to this extent? Or needed to? Unfortunately, that wouldn’t say much for this crew.

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

    WORST THEME EVER (again!!!!)

  • Idolnewby

    Every time I think of “One for my baby”, I think of Bette Midler singing it on Johnny Carson’s next to last show. Nothing will top that….I think it won an Emmy. There doesn’t seem to be a clip of it on the tube.

  • carolinacharms

    Siobhan could have had a moment here. :(

  • jericho

    VFTW’s nickname for Crystal is Pigpen ..

    Could they be more obnoxious? geesh

  • wjmtv

    larc:
    04/29/2010 at 3:27 pm
    Although maybe this is a good thing because this group clearly needs the help.

    It’s my guess that’s exactly what TPTB at Idol are thinking. Is this the first time a mentor has helped contestants out to this extent? Or needed to? Unfortunately, that wouldn’t say much for this crew.

    I’ve listened to Lee’s album, Slumberland, several times and can assure you, he don’t need no help from nobody on the arranging front.

  • savgal

    Every time I think of “One for my baby”, I think of Bette Midler singing it on Johnny Carson’s next to last show. Nothing will top that….I think it won an Emmy. There doesn’t seem to be a clip of it on the tube.

    Here you go:

    http://video.yahoo.com/watch/148981/794739

    Greatest song Johnny Mercer (from my hometown)ever wrote!
    Would love to see someone do it.

  • mozart4898

    I’ve listened to Lee’s album, Slumberland, several times and can assure you, he don’t need no help from nobody on the arranging front.

    Well I haven’t heard it, but I agree. He first needs help on the “carrying a tune” front. Then we’ll start talking arrangement. Actually he’s made some good choices on the show, he just hasn’t sung them well…

  • Q3

    I do not like this theme. I love Frank Sinatra — but “orchestrated” Frank Sinatra. Each week they keep getting less relevant.

    May I suggest a theme for next week: the Stephen Foster songbook. He died in 1864, so he can’t mentor, but the songs are great — American Classics! “Oh! Susanna”, “Camptown Races”, “Old Folks at Home” (“Swanee River”), “Hard Times Come Again No More”, “My Old Kentucky Home”, “Old Black Joe”, and “Beautiful Dreamer”.

    And if Harry Connick, Jr. is doing the arrangements for them, why don’t they just hire some other people to sing for the finalists?

    How can anyone ever have a breakout moment when they are not given a chance? It’s hard enough to stand in the shadow of The Beatles, Elvis or now Frank Sinatra. How can these “kids” be expected to build a stage personality if they can’t establish their own creative direction. Would Kris have won without his arrangement of ANS and Heartless? Where would Cook be if he didn’t change up the songs and bring something to every performance?

    Frankly, I do not want to see Crystal with a HCJ arrangement and “orchestration”. If they have to do Sinatra songs, then at least let them update them in their own way. Let them take a classic like “Someone to watch over me” and do it for 2010 not 1957.

    Sorry, but this does not sound like an inspiring show to me. Sad when “Glee”, a show about a high school Glee Club, is more relevant that the show that is supposed to be searching for the next big popular recording artist.

  • larc

    http://video.yahoo.com/watch/148981/794739

    Greatest song Johnny Mercer (from my hometown)ever wrote!
    Would love to see someone do it.

    That’s an advanced master class in communicating a song! That old chestnut by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen is fantastic. It’s not my favorite Johnny Mercer song, though. That would be one he wrote with Hoagy Carmichael called “Skylark.” The title of another great one is carved on the stone that tops Mercer’s grave in Savannah: “And the Angels Sing.”

  • colette

    Love “Skylark”!

    These are timeless songs, but you gotta really sing them like you believe and understand them. It doesn’t mean you have to have the greatest voice in the world, but you have to sell them. Here’s what I’m talking about — Fred Astaire, no golden-throated guy but wow (on a tune he introduced, tho it’s on Frank’s list) “One More for the Radio” — and make sure to catch the dancing on the bar coda to the tune. Nobody can tap and looked smashed the way Fred could!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FD7sqGJ3NBg

    and here’s the divine Billie Holiday on the song — which I’d love to hear Lee or Crystal do, but it’s hard to excerpt it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7llu2aQRSQ

    Connick, by way, is a helluva musician. Last saw him with a big band, he’d done all the charts for and was really swingining with.
    I can’t imagine he’d want (or need) Ricky Minor’s gig. He’s a terrific performer, on film and live. He was fantabulous in “Pajama Game” on Bway too.

  • Sq

    Anyone else just waiting for this to be over.

    Funny thing – I used to watch Glee because there was nothing else on after AI (I timeshift so it’s pretty late). Now I just survive the show waiting for Glee to come on.

    In every year the kids get better and better – but this one is just dull as dishwater – sure there are a couple of nice kids and sometimes they sing OK – but then Glee comes on and we get to hear some real singing… and somehow the contrast doesn’t help.

  • Inconnu

    Well American Idol is the only show on TV that I watch now. (I used to be a TV junkie). I’m actually starting to enjoy this season (maybe because it’s the only show I watch…lol). I’m not gonna make any predictions how everyone might do because this is the most unpredictable season ever! If I had my way with what’s left, Aaron would go next, then Mike, then Lee for a Crystal/Casey finale. Crystal should win this thing imo. (and she’s not even my fav)

    For Lee to claim #2 or even #1, he needs to sing on pitch all the time… or no little off-key notes here and there. There is nothing worst than rooting for your fav but never being quite sure if he’ll sing well or not. That’s a major downer. I rather go see a movie than listen to someone who is out of tune or has off key moments, more often than not. Lee needs to show me that he can sing most songs on pitch (that means now till the end) then I’ll root for him, not to win it of course but I will have a better opinion. He was actually one of my favs at first. I think he’s very good at choosing songs, decent at arranging them and he records very very well – but there is that pitch thing and I think the judges are doing him a disservice by not addressing it.

    And to stay on topic, someone mentioned Lee doing “Night and Day” and I think it’s a great suggestion, if he is on pitch that is. And I agree with the posters who said that the Standards week is a good way of judging how well one sings. I’m looking forward to next week. If nothing else, there might be some good Studio versions to come out of it.

  • Ratna12

    Just to refresh your memory, Kris looked very handsome and sounded great.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiCaTg9mgbw

    Kris didn’t have to make any effort to look good.
    I remember how the girls went crazy when Ryan announced that Kris is next after the break. Kris was looking embarrassed, somebody in the audience whistled, he was touching his lips, smiled and said in that deep voice of his “You know what, there’re only 5 of us left and everyone is amazing, so we can only do what we know how to do and hopefully it works”.

    Hopefully people will dress up and ditch the jeans next week.

  • lucy

    These are timeless songs, but you gotta really sing them like you believe and understand them.

    Well, just about every mentor they’ve had this season has explained and re-explained this to the Season 9 contestants, since it’s clearly true of *every* kind of song — and probably even more true for songs that *aren’t* heartbreaking works of staggering genius. ….

    Some of our contestants have gotten the message only intermittently, however. So we’ll see whether they’ve fully digested it this time.

    I must admit that the penny did seem to drop for both Casey and Aaron last week (although it clearly *didn’t* drop for Siobhan, in my opinion, which I suspect is why she lost out in the voting), so maybe they’ll hold onto the lesson this week, too.

    I really really don’t want them to do standard-issue Harry-Connick-Jr arrangements of the songs, though. Since that’s who Harry Connick Jr. is, not who *they* are. So should they be letting Harry Connick Jr.’s soul shine through their work? Don’t think so. … Guess this is the way it’s going to be, though. They still can try their best to channel, meaningfully speak, and caress the lyrics, though, so I hope they do.

  • jujumagumbo

    @tinawina, I agree, but I’d file this week under vocal ability. You need serious pipes to pull off a Sinatra song without sounding amateurish.

  • JIMDOGSILKIES

    TPTB are trying hard to help these contestants having Harry doing the arrangements and the orchestrations. Young and relevant…probably not..but he’s successful and is a crooner type which is good for Sinatra theme week.
    Yes, some of these kids can sing but they all lack energy, stage presence, connectiveness, and performance ability. My daughter and I for fun watched MJ week from last season. OMG, what a difference, it’s staggering unfortunately how this season pales in comparision in the above mentioned areas. This season they just stand and sing…no movement, no interaction with the audience, no passion. I’m trying to think if any of them, really ever remove the mic from the stand. Watching last season, the mic stand was almost never used. They removed the mic, danced and moved all over the stage, sang with conviction and passion, etc. So lacking this season. Mentors have tried to offer these kids advice but it’s not working, and probably will not happen. I find there’s also little interaction with each other. That spills over to everything else. They don’t help each other out..again no passion anywhere. And even when you hear and see the judges’ reactions and responses, it’s underwhelming. I hope Harry can wake up these kids but I’m losing hope. It’s just not enough to be able to sing, you have to bring more to the table. JMHO!

  • RightNow

    I think this week will be very telling. Last year, when Season 8 performed the Standards, it was with the Top 5. This was supposed to be Matt Giraud’s genre, but this was the performance that got him eliminated. Just as surprising, it was the week that Kris and Adam fell to the Bottom 3. The star was Danny. And only he and Allison were declared safe that week.

  • MaryS-NJ

    Jamie Cullum, people. Jamie Cullum. Not Harry Connick Jr., who is fine in his own way, but *nothing* like what any of any of these remaining contestants are about, in my opinion. Hope Harry is willing to think way outside his usual box.

    Well, I love both Jamie and Harry.

    That said, I know the PTB have verboten guitars, but is it a certainty that these songs will all be arranged big band style? It seems more likely to me that if HCJr wants to get the best out of his protegees, he will want to arrange these songs in a way that makes the most of their distinctive voices. And honestly, why would they want old school arrangements after beating up the Idols for years for not sounding “relevant”, “current” and “commercial” enough? I mean, I know there’s a market for Buble and HCJr, and Jamie Cullum proves that old standards can be just as fresh with a more modern arrangement, but none of these contestants (except maybe Aaron) were cast as “crooners”. Plus that’s not exactly what’s happening on pop radio these days, is it?

    Like a bunch of folk up-thread I think it would be advisable to avoid singing anything that was a Moment for a previous Idol.

    My choices:

    Aaron – “Young At Heart”- for a kid who is often criticized for picking songs that are too old for him.

    Casey – “I Only Have Eyes for You” – I prefer the Flamingos or Art Garfunkel arrangements but it could be swoon-worthy (I also like MJ’s selection… Willy’s version of “Blue Skies” is awesome and would work Casey’s country side)

    Crystal – “The Way You Look Tonight” – Ella Fitzgerald’s version is one of my favorites and I think Crystal’s top range would sound lovely doing this.

    Lee – “As Time Goes By” – I haven’t loved his live performances but this was performed by Louis Armstrong who had a naturally gritty voice and I think it would suit Lee.

    Mike – “One for my Baby” – nice, smooth and jazzy, and has “baby” in the title, heh.

  • abbysee

    VFTW’s nickname for Crystal is Pigpen ..

    Wow, ):

    Could they be more obnoxious? geesh

    Sadly, that seems to be their goal.

    Siobhan could have had a moment here.

    Sucks being her, huh?

    May I suggest a theme for next week: the Stephen Foster songbook. He died in 1864, so he can’t mentor, but the songs are great — American Classics! “Oh! Susanna”, “Camptown Races”, “Old Folks at Home” (“Swanee River”), “Hard Times Come Again No More”, “My Old Kentucky Home”, “Old Black Joe”, and “Beautiful Dreamer”.

    Edited, cause I know that had to be sarcasm, no need to explain….. :)

  • Lulu2

    I know this music like the back of my hand. Anyone who loves music sooner or later discovers it. But it has nothing to do with Sinatra; he just sang the standards. The potential list is much larger than the itunes list. I do NOT like Sinatra; any standard he sang has been and/or was sung better by someone else. And I just HATE songs associated with him (My Way, When I Was Seventeen, etc., and yuck). Sinatra may have thought he swang, but he didn’t; Ella Fitzgerald (and others) did. I agree with you on one song selection, mj. Aaron should sing I’ve Got a Crush on You. Sung correctly, though, it requires quite a bit of vocal control; don’t know if he has that yet. Blue Skies would have been great for Siobhan, but if she was going to do My Way, well, I mourn her less, and…next. The best songs on the itunes list that 1. Have not been done to death on Idol, 2. are not Cole Porter (too suggestive or outright objectionable for the Idol audience) or 3. otherwise too suggestive are: I Only Have Eyes for You, Street of Dreams, That’s All, They Can’t Take That Away from Me, As Time Goes BY, Our Love is Here to Stay, In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, and the aforementioned I’ve Got a Crush on You. Listening to the Sinatra versions, you may not guess that these are great songs…There are so many better singers to celebrate…..

  • sallysimmons

    Lulu2’s opinion notwithstanding, Frank Sinatra was the bomb. I’m too young to have been a fan in his day, but I love him now. Great characterful voice, amazing charisma, but most of all, impeccable phrasing.

    I’ll try to keep him out of my head when I listen to this bunch try to do these songs justice. The comparison just isn’t fair.