Are you ready for another theme featuring the legendary tunes from the Motor City?
The songs produced by Berry Gordy and his team at Motown records in the 60s and 70s defined an era and influenced a generation. But as a theme? It’s been done and done on Idol. To be specific–every season (counting Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross themes) except S4, S7 and S9! I think it’s time to introduce some new music into the mix.
Just say no to Stevie Wonder people! But more than just the redundant song picks—I’m really not looking forward to the kids staring at Jimmy Iovine like he’s got 3 heads before confessing they have never heard of the song they’re planning to sing. Nigel, can we insert a contemporary theme here? It would be less painful.
Having said that. Let’s pick some classic tunes for the remaining American Idol 12 finalists.
Janelle Arthur – “Walk Away Renee” by The Four Tops – I love this song, and have always wanted an Idol to cover it. It’s not a crazy choice. Linda Ronstadt and Ann Savoy recorded a cover. So did Vonda Shephard.
Candice Glover – “Living For the City” by Stevie Wonder – Whatever Candice picks, I hope it’s something that allows her powerful voice to shine.
Kree Harrison – “You Really Got a Hold On Me” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles – In an interview, Kree said she really wanted to sing Motown, so I have no worries for her. A bluesy take on this classic could be fantastic.
Amber Holcomb – “Quicksand” or “Dancing In The Street” by Martha and the Vandellas – Whatever Amber sings this week, please let it be upbeat. You can’t do better than Martha Reeves in that department.
Angie Miller – “I Hear a Symphony” by The Supremes – Here’s a tune where Angie could really bring on the drama, and it would be perfect.
Lazaro Arbos – “I’ll Be There” by Michael Jackson – At this point, when it comes to Lazaro, I got nothin’. This is a song that could, at least, match the singer’s essential sweetness. And at this point, I see him clearly in the teen idol lane.
Burnell Taylor – What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye – There’s no other Motown singer I can imagine Burnell, and his gravelly tone singing. (Well, maybe David Ruffin!). This tune could be a real departure for Burnell, who has soul and the ability to connect to a song. It could be a break through moment for the singer.
Devin Velez – “Easy” by the Commodores – An adult contemporary song for Devin who, at this point, seems positioned squarely in that genre.