The American Idol Top 12 will pay tribute to Oscar nominated songs when they take the stage Sunday (April 18) for YOUR votes. See the song choices below, reported by Billboard.
Additionally, judge Lionel Richie will perform the 1985 ballad “Say You, Say Me” from Taylor Hackford’s ballet drama White Nights.
Sunday’s American Idol will air coast to coast starting at 8 pm ET/PT in all time zones. That allows fans from across the country to vote for their favorites at the same time. By the end of the show, a Top 9 will be revealed. The winner of Monday’s “Comeback” show, featuring 10 singers from season 18, will round out the Top 10. The winner of Monday’s competition will be revealed on Sunday May 2 when Idol returns after an Oscar break for a Disney themed Top 10 show.
Congrats to our Blake Busch for nailing four of the song picks in his song suggestions post.
American Idol Top 12 Song Spoilers
Alyssa Wray – This is Me by Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble (from The Greatest Showman) – C’mon people. You KNEW somebody was gonna sing “This is Me.” And if I had to bet which of the big voiced singers left in the competition would choose it, I would have put my money on Alyssa. Her song choices tend to be very predictable.
Ava August – City Of Stars by Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone (from La La Land) – Great song choice for Ava. It’s a pick that should keep her in the game.
Beane – (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (from Dirty Dancing) – Uh. This song choice. First of all, the original song is a duet? And I don’t think the 80s cheese will transfer successfully. And the lyrics look back on an experience that’s over. In other words, a goodbye song. Which unfortunately, will likely be apt.
Caleb Kennedy – On the Road Again by Willie Nelson (from Honeysuckle Rose) – It’s a classic song, I’ll give Caleb that.
Casey Bishop – Over The Rainbow by Judy Garland (from The Wizard of Oz) – Oh man. Casey is getting the Katharine McPhee treatment. Also, I had suggested in my Top 12 power list that Casey sing a standard. So here it is. So She performed last last week, so she probably will not get the pimp spot again. But she’ll be close to it.
Cassie Coleman – Writing’s On The Wall by Sam Smith (from Spectre) – Great song choice for Cassie. Now DEEP BREATHS GIRL. You know you can do it.
Chayce Beckham – (Everything I Do) I Do It For You by Bryan Adams (from Robin Hood Prince of Thieves) – I wish he would have picked another rock sock. This pick is so uninspiring.
Deshawn Goncalves – The Way We Were by Barbra Streisand (from The Way We Were) – Interesting pick. Deshawn could actually have a moment with this.
Grace Kinstler – Happy by Pharrell Williams (from Despicable Me 2) – This song choice is completely out of left field. I’m really curious about how the band will arrange this pop song for a big voiced singer.
Hunter Metts – Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová (from Once) – Falling Slowly is a song several Idol alums have already performed (Kris Allen’s version on Season 8 is the most notable). But he’ll do a beautiful job with a song that’s perfect for him, so I ain’t mad.
Madison Watkins – Run to You by Whitney Houston (from The Bodyguard) – If Madison makes it farther in the competition, I’d love for her to tackle more contemporary fare. This song choice is uninspired. But on the other hand, she’ll likely nail it.
Willie Spence – Stand Up by Cynthia Erivo (from Harriet) – Great song choice for Willie. Maybe he’ll get the pimp spot this week.