American Idol 9 Top 16 – What Should the Idols Sing?

It’s the last week of the American Idol 9 semi-finals, and it’s make or break time. What should the Idols sing in order to advance to the Top 12?

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For some, the big priority is to lose the nerves, easier said than done for some, like Lacey Brown, who picked a decent song last week, but looked stiff and awkward onstage. Ditto for Lee Dewyze, who picks songs in his wheelhouse, but never looks comfortable singing them on stage.

Will Andrew Garcia be able to get his mojo back? He needs to break out the guitar, break out an interesting pop song, and wow the judges with his ability to make it his own. He needs to think outside the box, without freaking out the judges. Surely, out of the dozens of performances he’s put up on you tube, there’s something he’s arranged that can put him back in the judges favor?

Michael Lynche and Alex Lambert need to bottle what they did last week and re-open it for Tuesday. Can Alex build on the momentum he created last week with his John Legend tune? Todrick Hall needs to stop trying so hard, but he may be beyond help at this point.

Aaron Kelly should stick to country pop. Whatever Tim Urban decides to sing, he just needs to not suck. But the sucking hasn’t hurt him so far. Casey James might want to put down the guitar altogether this week.

Siohbhan Magnus might do well to pick a song that highlights her powerful pipes. This week, there’s going to be competition between Lacey, Didi Benami, Katie Stevens, Katelyn Epperly and Lilly Scott, and I expect some vote-splitting to go on there. Song choice will be crucial here. Paige Miles might want to pick an old-school R&B tune that showcases that big voice.

Crystal Bowersox, in a league of her own, just needs to keep on doing what she’s doing–the only contestant in that enviable position, at the moment.

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87 Comments

  1. I agree Mj……..i am praying Andrew Garcia gets his mojo back BIG-TIME!!!!!!!!! I know he can do it!! I am so psyched waiting for Wednesday!!!

    Other than that, i hope Siobhan wows us with another big song to show her big pipes!

  2. Is there a theme for this week? I thought I’d read that the Billboard Top 10 “theme” was only for the 1st 2 weeks.

    I think Casey might want to stay acoustic his whole performance because he doesn’t have a big enough voice not to get drowned out.

    I’m excited to see what Crystal, Lilly, Siobhan, Katelyn, and Didi pick. I hope Didi’s confidence wasn’t shattered by last week.

  3. Looking at that picture, I would say there are a lot of shoe-ins for Top 12. Crystal, Lilly, Siobhan, Katie, Lee, Casey, Andrew, Alex… The other 8? I’m not so sure about them… (Especially Tim and Lacey, who unfortunately pretty much need a miracle to stay past this week).

  4. Tim Urban already has a miracle. Three words: shirtless Internet pictures.

  5. I would agree that Crystal just needs to keep on doing what she’s doing. I think she’s golden no matter what.

    Alex definitely needs to come out with the guitar again, or the uke if he wants to go there. At this point I don’t think he can handle the stage without having an instrument to concentrate on, but I do think his song choices have pretty good so far. So if he channels the vibe of what he did last week, he should be okay. Actually, as long as he doesn’t backslide I think he’ll be okay.

  6. Ditto for Lee Dewyze, who picks songs in his wheelhouse, but never looks comfortable singing them on stage.

    So true. I cracked up last week when, twice during his song, Lee reached back with both hands to pull up his pants. It just struck me as so funny. Ryan mentioned it to him and I think Lee misunderstood ’cause Lee said something like “Yeah, I wore a belt this week.”

  7. I think Alex Lambert should sing Giving Up the Gun from the new Vampire Weekend cd, because it seems like they aren’t really sticking to the billboards theme. Didi or Andrew need to do an acoustic cover of TLC’s Waterfalls. Katie NEEDS to do a JoJo song like too little too late or a michelle branch or vanessa carleton song. She needs to prove she is a pop princess. Lacey is going home so it doesn’t matter. I still think Michael should do a Hottie and the Blowfish song but I think he will sing something R&B. I think Katelyn would be really fun on Orianthi’s according to you. Crystal I think needs to do a song she can really wail on, it will set her even farther ahead. Lee is just going to sing a song I hate, but he should do the Counting Crows Mr Jones. Casey should sing Soul sister by Train. I think Paige should sing Kelly Clarkson’s version of With or Without you. I think the show will puh her towards R&B but I hope she resists.

  8. I just want someone to sing “Don’t look back in anger” by Oasis…..it fits Crytal the best….

    I was on youtube the other day and found Portugese idol…these kids had the best songs…especially a guy with the last name pinto….forget his first name….

  9. I want to see someone sing an upbeat current song! Like TiK Tok or Sweet Dreams. Oh is it weird that I think Aaron Kelly should sing Taylor Swift? I think her song “Our Song” would be good for him. :)

  10. To answer MJ’s question…

    What Tim Urban needs is an army of young teen girls with unlimited text packages. Lucky for me, my daughter is a Verizon customer and has to phone it in one at a time. Otherwise her votes for Tim would do even more damage. He’s the weakest of the boys but not the least popular, alas.

    Putting on my American Idol Tinfoil Hat… I would bet the judges/PTB will try to avoid any more non-white contestants being voted off this week.

    Lacey and Didi need good performances and safe performance spots, 7th, 11th or 12th (according to WNTS). They’re both 0-2 compared to the other girls.

    Katie needs more reminders of what a nice young girl she is. She’s pageanty as hell but some people like that.

    Katelyn needs to keep it simple just as she did this past week.

    Lily needs to keep it quirky but pay attention to her vocals.

    Siobahn needs more pretty vocals and not just glory notes.

    Paige needs to sing something R&b.

    Aaron needs to overcome nerves and pull an Alex this week with his performance to show growth.

    Alex needs to pull and Andrew and rearrange a pop song in a creative way while not getting overcome by nerves.

    Todrick also needs to pull an Andrew rearranging a song without totally beating it to death.

    Andrew needs to pull an Andrew…from Hollywood week. I think he’s done better than the judges have but he’s going to be judged forever by Straight Up. He needs another like that.

    Mike needs to be himself. Even if he sings safe this week, he’s got “family man” appeal that will carry him to the finals. Has anyone else noticed that he seems really touchy-feely? He’s always got his arms wrapped around someone in the pics.

    Casey needs to slow it down and sing with feeling, and show that his vocals are as good as his guitar playing. I’d pick some serious acoustic country ballad (not “Always On My Mind” which some will compare to Anoop) and sing it with feeling.

    Crystal will probably deservedly get the pimp spot and as MJ says, keep doing what she’s doing.

    If anyone gets thrown under the bus it will be one of the extra White Girl With Jazzy Vocals, probably Lacey and Didi regardless of how well they sing this week. Truthfully, I much prefer Didi to Katie but Katie looks like a shoe in and Didi hasn’t lived up to potential. For the boys it’ll probably be Casey and one of Tim/Alex/Aaron. I like Casey best of the boys but it looks like he has been cast as “eye-candy for cougars” and is not taken seriously by the judges. Lee seems to be this season’s designated “serious” rocker dude (he’s okay but I don’t get the love, but whatever). As for the teenagers, I think Alex is the go-to “potential” boy. That leaves the judges to bus Tim or Aaron, probably Aaron. I think Aaron and Tim have been bundles of nerves and pithy, but Tim was cast as eye candy and that probably saves him.

    My guess is, whoever sings first for the boys and girls will be the ones the PTB want to leave the most.

  11. Lee Dewyze- Simple Man – Shinedown acoustic version

    Aaron Kelly- The Truth – Jason Aldean

    Alex Lambert- I’d Rather Be With You – Joshua Radin

    Todrick Hall- It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye – Boys 2 Men

    Casey James- How Far We’ve Come – Matchbox 20 (boyce avenue’s acoustic version)

    Andrew Garcia- Knock You Down – Keri Hilson/neyo/kanye

    Tim Urban- Love Drunk – Boys Like Girls acoustic version

    Lacey Brown- Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones

    Lily Scott- How I Could Just Kill A Man – Charlotte Sometimes

    Paige Miles- Take A Bow – Rihanna

    Crystal Bowersox- Hook – Blues Traveler

    Katie Stevens- Realize – Colbie Calliat

    Siobhan Magnus- Ignorance or Decode – Paramore

    Didi Benami- Like You Do – Angel Taylor

  12. Sailing through IMO.. Crystal, Sibohhan, Lilly, Casey, probably Lee
    Not because all of these people are that good, but because there are so few standouts right now. I think they could all suck monkey balls this week and still not come in last or next to last. They have done enough to get voted on anyway.

    Should make it:
    Kaetlyn and Mike

    I think Kaetlyn just has to sound good which shouldn’t be a big problem, and Mike just has to be charming while performing (uptempo neo-soul would be nice) – again shouldn’t be a big problem. They might be vulnerable if they tank IMO.

    Surprisingly on the bubble:
    Didi, Andrew and maybe even Katie

    Came in with a lot of promise and high expectations, have yet to have a good week. I think Katie is the safest of the 3, but she really needs to successfully sing something where she doesn’t sound 20 years older than the song. I still could see her doing something like Rhianna’s “Unfaithful” though that theme is probably to mature. At this point her tendency to jazz standard up a song is going nowhere, so maybe if she finds a contemporary song that lends itself to that she’ll be okay. Didi needs to go back to basics.. Grab that guitar and sing a folk/pop song. Andrew… ditto. Grab the guitar and pick one of your strongest songs.

    Big Battle of the Week;
    Tim vs Andrew vs Aaron

    At least one of them is going down IMO. But who? I think this one will be all about the performances, so these guys have to bring it. They each need the casual votes. Tim – look cute and hit most of the notes. Andrew – Keep that guitar (or piano, just use an instrument) and pick something singer-songwriter-y again. Aaron sing country and don’t suck. Be sweet,that plays well. Good luck gentlemen!

    Pack your bags:
    Lacey, Paige and Todrick

    Come big or go home. Paige has an advantage as the only person of color left of the girls so TPTB may be anxious to spin things in her favor. Todrick is the only pure R&B type of the guys so he may have that vote to himself unless Mike decides to go R&B/soul again this week. I think he should go contemporary R&B – something he can dance to – maybe a girl’s song so he can look cool singing it. Lacey has to do something big or she is outta here. I don’t even know what to tell her because she’s not much of a performer. Maybe sit on a stool and sing a slow/midtempo pop song.. too many indie girls who are better than her so I wouldn’t suggest she compete with them. Paige just needs to show off the pipes.. maybe a bluesy slow rock song(a la Jolplin-esque) or she should just pick a soul song since Idol wants her in that box anyway. You know they do, they always want the big voiced black girls in that box. LOL.

    It should be an interesting week no matter what happens!

  13. So true. I cracked up last week when, twice during his song, Lee reached back with both hands to pull up his pants.

    Lol, everything about this guy should make me scream douche and run away. I mean, Hinder? The pants? His whole look? But something about the way he actually comes across seems genuine and vulnerable to me, such that I am kind of rooting for him to improve. I think it’s just the woeful lack of interesting guys to root for this season. Besides, his and Alex’s voice are the only guy voices that I like.

    On the girls’ side, I’m done rooting for Lacey. I voted for her week 1 because I was hoping for more from her, but she’s shown me that pretty tone aside, she can’t cut it in this competition, and I’d much rather sacrifice her to keep Didi, who has way more potential and yet, has been SO UNFAIRLY pummeled by the judges. I hope to say good bye to Lacey and in an ideal world, Katie. But alas, unless she trainwrecks, I doubt that would happen. I hate to say it, but even if Lacey goes, Didi may still be in danger. Unless Didi has a moment/gets the pimp spot and someone like Katie or Paige trainwreck, I will be stressing out for Didi…

    I wonder who will get the pimp spot this week? Lilly and Big Mike are contenders, I think. Katelyn’s a possibility if she keeps being solid– or Crystal? I’d so love if it were Didi and Alex though, man…

    tinawina, I think you nailed it, in terms of everyone’s standings. I agree completely (unfortunately in some cases)

  14. I have to disagree with you MJ. I think those that play an instrument, like Casey and Lee, really need to keep doing it. Especially after last week when Lee put his guitar down and it only increased his nerves.

    At this point I think all of them have to try and look and feel as comfortable as they can. They don’t have to make the guitar or piano the focal point of their performance like Casey seemed to do last week, but if it’s there and it helps, just hold it and only play it as an afterthought. I’ve seen many big name performers who played a little and just kinda propped themselves on the guitar the rest of the song. I can really see that working for either Lee or Casey.

    I can also see Lee, Casey, or Andrew coming out and doing an acoustic version of a song with little or no help from the band and being a success as long as the vocals are spot on. Hollywood week showed all three are capable of it. Also, that’s something they’ve all probably done in the past in clubs or in Andrews case on the internet. Next to doing a song acapella, that’s the best way to showcase your voice. Especially since the band on AI is notorious for being too loud.

  15. i hope Siobhan wows us with another big song to show her big pipes!

    I’m not sure that big song is the way she should go. Seems to me she’s already shown that, so maybe she doesn’t need to demonstrate it again. Frankly, to me the big song thing doesn’t seem to fit her persona very well, and I thought she made kind of a mess of Wicked Game by making it too *much* a big song, rather than a song that has very subtle parts then builds to a big-song part, with the drama coming in the whispery, haunting part as much as in the big part. I would like to see her do some song like that again and tell a story with multiple approaches in the song, rather than just showing the huge sound that can come out of her mouth. Not sure that the particular song matters as long as she shows some multiple colors and emotes them.

  16. At this point her tendency to jazz standard up a song is going nowhere, so maybe if she finds a contemporary song that lends itself to that she’ll be okay.

    Are we sure that Katie can actually sing in a contemporary style? I’m not. Seems to me the way she took a contemporary song last week and kind of screwed its contemporary inflections and rhythms into a staid, almost recitalish mode showed that the issue with her isn’t the song but that she’s probably too accustomed to the pageant/show-choir/contest style to break out of it easily. That’s what she *does.* And it looks to me as if she may not have much or even any experience doing anything else, so this week she may actually have to learn for the first time how to sing in another way, if she’s going to. (That said, I’m sure she has a big voting bloc of fans who like her voice and young fans who identify with her, so I’m sure she’ll be safe whether I like what she comes up with or not.)

  17. I want Alex Lambert to cover ‘Secrets’ by One republic. I love the song.

  18. Billaayy52: I totally get the Hayley Willams vibe from Siobhan…I would love for her to sing Paramore on Idol…that would rock…I also think Casey should sing some Kings of Leon…don’t really care one way or the other for him, but I think his voice would sound nice on it….

  19. I know I sound like a broken record, but the ones that will survive this week are the ones who aim their performances at the audience (the voters), stick to their comfort zones, and basically forget what the judges have said to them since they made the top 24.

    I feel like the ones not living up to their potential from Hollywood week are the ones that their nerves have made them afraid to be who they really are. I blame a lot of that on the mixed messages from the judges. Crystal hasn’t changed a single thing since her audition and it shows in her performances. On the other hand, some of them I don’t even recognize now.

  20. Are we sure that Katie can actually sing in a contemporary style? I’m not. Seems to me the way she took a contemporary song last week and kind of screwed its contemporary inflections and rhythms into a staid, almost recitalish mode showed that the issue with her isn’t the song but that she’s probably too accustomed to the pageant/show-choir/contest style to break out of it easily. That’s what she *does.*

    I agree with you, that’s how she sings. She doesn’t know any other way. I think she can change it but it won’t be in a week, that’s why she has no choice but to go with it at this point. I think she can get away with it if she chooses the right ballad – something that doesn’t need clipped phrasing, if that makes sense. Or pick an American standards type song and just sing, judges be damned. LOL.

  21. The only guys I like are Alex and Lee – stagefright, apparent dimwittedness, falling down pants, hideous Lips of an Angel and all. Andrew, Michael, Lee and Casey are probably in no matter what they do. I fear that TPTB may be desperate enough to cling to Todrick after last week’s ousting of four minorities, so I wouldn’t be surprised if two of Aaron/Tim/Alex get the boot. On that note, can I suggest that Aaron sing “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” with his little twang and Tim would sound awesome singing “Alone” because of his powerful voice and range. Heh.

    For my faves: Lee can’t possibly sing a douchier song than Lips of An Angel, so… I think Simon wants Alex to pick something more challenging that shows that “killer instinct.” I have no clue what that would be. He might want to find a good cover, like James Morrison’s cover of “Jealous Guy” or Paolo Nutini’s cover of “Wake Up” (currently my favorite thing to listen to). I don’t think he’ll make it if he just sings a straight Jason Mraz cover or something.

    I think Crystal and Siobhan are definitely in. Lilly tweeted something about doing a bluegrass arrangement this week which could be awesome or disastrous. Those three are my favorite girls. I hope Paige makes it. Didi should suck up and sing another Kara song. Katelyn and Katie are both good singers but they don’t do a thing for me, especially Katie.

  22. MawMaw:
    03/08/2010 at 11:58 am
    I know I sound like a broken record, but the ones that will survive this week are the ones who aim their performances at the audience (the voters), stick to their comfort zones, and basically forget what the judges have said to them since they made the top 24.

    Well said… As long as they don’t do what Andrew did last week and admit they’re ignoring what the judges said. As for Andrew, I like him and think he’s been consistent with the kind of stuff he’s done since Hollywood. The problem has been his song choices.

  23. Tim Urban already has a miracle. Three words: shirtless Internet pictures.

    You speak the truth. There is no way Tim Urban is going home this week unless he majorly sucks (and may not go home even then). He should, though.

    I want to see someone sing an upbeat current song! Like TiK Tok or Sweet Dreams.

    Is there any singing in Tik Tok? LOL! I think if any of these contestants can take a current Top 40 hit and make it their own without trashing it, they would definitely gain lots of votes.

  24. I think she can get away with it if she chooses the right ballad – something that doesn’t need clipped phrasing, if that makes sense. Or pick an American standards type song and just sing, judges be damned. LOL.

    Agree. If I wanted Katie to stay, this is what I’d advise her to do, lol!

  25. I worry about Alex since I think he gets lumped into a group with Tim and Aaron and likely they are splitting some of the tweenie/teen group vote. At least one of them is going home this week and while it should be Tim, I do think he has a good deal of fan support.

    Alex is the only male contestant I really care about at all this season, so I’d really like to see him make Top 12.

  26. Is this week only an hour on Tuesday and Wednesday? For some reason I thought some of these shows were extended to two hours.

  27. someone should also sing “fields of gold” though I don’t know if the feud between sting and simon will allow this.

    With the talent level of the guys this year….this guy from Canadian Idol singing fields of gold here would probably be the best guy if he was on A.I right now

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV6u3AQRM48

  28. billaayy52:
    03/08/2010 at 11:42 am
    Lee Dewyze- Simple Man – Shinedown acoustic version

    Absolutely love that song! Too bad Lee’s vocals aren’t as strong as Brent Smith’s.

  29. I am starting a serious campaign for Andrew to sing The Verve Pipe hit The Freshman. I mean WHY has this not been sung on Idol before? I think Josiah may have planned on singing it his first week, had he made it(there were rumors that it was being rushed for clearance but then nothing happened).

    I think Andrew would rock it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVNAp1C8LIw

  30. I am pretty worried I won’t have a male contestant to root for after thursday’s result either, I like Alex and Todrick. I think four spots are taken out of the 6 by Michael,Andrew,Casey and Lee regardless of how they perform on Wednesday. I think Tim Urban is probably guarranted a spot in the top 12 too due to his looks and seemingly very nice personality. The girls I like Siobhan and Crystal, I am not worried about at all and think they will both be in the top 12 for sure. Didi should go back to playing an instrument. Last week she would have done better if she played the guitar for that Lean on Me song instead of dancing around. I think Andrew should play the guitar this week too. I would like to just hear Casey sing without the guitar, cause I am not sure if I like his voice or not.

  31. Here are my suggestions…

    Lee: Notion by Kings of Leon
    Andrew: Melt My Heart to Stone by Adele
    Siobhan: One Good Man by Janis Joplin
    Didi: Extraordinary Machine by Fiona Apple
    Katelyn: Glitter in the Air by Pink (with piano)
    Lilly: 1234 by Feist
    Crystal: Let It Be Me by Ray LaMontagne
    Alex: Black & Gold by Sam Sparro

    These are the only people that I care to talk about! :-)

  32. You speak the truth. There is no way Tim Urban is going home this week unless he majorly sucks (and may not go home even then). He should, though.

    Tim Urban always majorly sucks, so it’s not his singing that will save him.

    To me those argument explaining why he is not going home are the same as for Haeley: strong demographic appeal.

  33. HstryQT:
    03/08/2010 at 12:36 pm
    I am starting a serious campaign for Andrew to sing The Verve Pipe hit The Freshman. I mean WHY has this not been sung on Idol before? I think Josiah may have planned on singing it his first week, had he made it(there were rumors that it was being rushed for clearance but then nothing happened).

    I think Andrew would rock it.

    Start any campaign for Andrew and I will join in. I think Andrew would rock anything. :)

  34. Oooh, IdolThoughts^, I like where your head is at!! Good choices, I’m not familiar with the Adele or Kings of Leon songs mentioned (blasphemy, I know) but I understand each has the tone to handle songs like that.

    I like the Verve Pipe song, “Freshmen”, mentioned earlier but I’d like Casey or Alex to do it. Andrew Garcia should try a female lead song.
    Katelyn could do great wih a slowed down Pink song, maybe Family Portrait (OMGGGeeee, that’s perfect for her family backstory without being too pushy. Just take out the daddy don’t leave portion, whoopsie!). Unless she wears that fleshtone leotard from the Grammys, Glitter in the Air isn’t meaty enough for her. I would think Ellen would fall asleep again. One minute of that song would do nothing as far as getting votes, imho.

  35. Thats a nice looking bunch from the picture. If only they could sing as good as they look. Any clues from the picture who are the Chosen Ones? Poor Alex Lambert looks so sickly in the back row.
    Casey and Lilly in the middle. Look who is in the front row all by herself!

  36. HSTRYQt, where do I sign?? I absolutely adore that song.
    IdolThoughts, I would be entertained by any and all of those selections, regardless of who is standing behind the mic (for the most part).
    What I would like to see from Siobhan, a song that shows this *range* I keep hearing about with a nice balance of vocal control. I hated her Aretha song last week. I like big voices and bombast but I also like people hitting the right notes and staying in KEY, which she did not! I love her personality in her interviews.

    Tim needs to have a middle of the road performance, not too shaky, light on the sucking side and then have the judges dismiss him QUICKLY as the nice guy with great looks. I think this is the only way….. he could be eliminated, have his fanbase think he is safe. Especially in the comments from Ellen and Simon, they need to be nice but neutral on whether or not he advances. The other 2 have a different language and I won’t speak of them.

  37. I’d like to see Siobhan take on Black Hole Sun.

    Yes, I would like to hear this, too. … It has the combination of subtlety, potential bigness, and emotion that I would love to see Siobhan pull out. …

    Honestly, though, lots of songs have these possibilities in them. She just has to sing so that those qualities show through. I don’t think RESPECT was good for that — but she could have done a *very* rich performance of Wicked Game, and she didn’t, to me. That was the first week, though, so I’m sure nerves and uncertainty played a part.

  38. I’m curious to know how the girls stack up as far as getting the Popular vote. I have a feeling the producers hate Didi, don’t know why… Someone tried to tell me she was a plant that’s just not living up to expectations, I don’t buy it. I mildly liked her Lean on Me performance but didn’t agree with the judges just crushing her afterwards. I don’t think there were as many problems with her voice than there were with the band and the arrangement. I do think she needs to pick a song with a little more energy.

    I can’t really pick who is going home this week on the girls side. Lacey is like a 90% lock, then Didi, Paige and Katie are in danger I think?? Lilly and Siobhan are probably splitting votes and I’m not sure which one I’d be more upset over if they missed the tour… If Haeley didn’t click with voters, I’m not sure they’re on board with Lily yet either.

  39. not sure what they should sing.. but i am wanting to address a horrifying trend of people saying they aren’t going to vote for crystal till the top 10 as they feel she’s safe OMG that could so backfire for one of the best talents on this show.

  40. BTW, MJ – I really like your analysis for each of the remaining singers – ITA :-)

  41. ooo love “Fields of GOld.” Crystal could nail that.

    but I think we gotta have some uptempo action from both Andrew and Crystal. They’ve gotta rock it, or they’re going to get that old “we need to see something else from you” blather from the judges. change it up, but don’t change who you are guys!

    interesting how few here are talking about Michael L. So what’s his fanbase? I think he has a genuine shot, if he plays his cards right. decent singer and smart cookie. best thing is to take a song no one would expect him to do, something very pop-ish maybe, and work it on out. How about Duffy’s “Have Mercy”?

  42. Katie Stevens could easily take on Pink vocally — worried about stage presence with anything by Pink though…

    Could easily also see her taking on Party In The USA by Miley. Yeah, it’s bubblegum, but Ellen wouldn’t hear it in her dentist’s office and it might be something Katie is going through. Just hope she makes to the tour because vocally she is only second to Crystal.

    I know I’m on an island alone on this one, but I hope screachy-mcscreacherson Siobhan goes home this week. That “Aretha” tribute hurt my ears. Surprised VTFW hasn’t enveloped her in open arms.

  43. A lot also really depends on who gets the pimp spot this week on both sides as well as who gets the “death” spots so to speak. I assume Crystal will get the pimp spot for the girls, but for the boys? Lee already had it as did Andrew, right? I could see them giving it to Big Mike and trying to bury Tim early on.

  44. Jim Cantiello has been campaigning for Lacey to sing Yael Naim’s version of “Toxic”. I’m curious to see if she will or not…I think it’d be perfect. Something quirky, yet people know it. She needs a moment, and I’m rooting for her all the way.

  45. hmm, not sure I want to hear Siohbhan screech again. I actually like the lower tone of her voice (aka “her bottom end”) and hope she tackles on a song that will showcase her as an artist, not just a singer. despite her awesome quirky personality, she seems very season 1-3 in terms of song choice and performance style.

    I think Alex Lambert, despite the nerves, will sail into the top 12. look for that guy to finish in the top 6. he has the voice and viewers seem to be VERY forgiving of his stage presence. plus, so far, he’s been picking current, trendy songs that suit his voice. i cant believe im about to write this, but he’s been doing a better job than the frontrunners Garcia, Casey, and Lee with song selection.

    Lacey is not connecting w. viewers….paige, miss stevens and didi are in danger, but if didi and katie perform well on tuesday, i think paige might get thrown under the bus by the judges. i cant see simon & co wanting to keep her over the other girls.

    im okay with todrick and tim urban going home…and based on what ive seen so far, they should! but I wont be shocked or disappointed if aaron and lynch get the axe instead.

  46. @monleo1705 & @mandabutter you can find me on twitter @hstryqt. I usually throw my thoughts at @chrissligh @alextrugs @jonpeterlewis @ryanseacrest or @ewmichaelslezak (in addition to MJ & Rickey of course) because they’re the best tweeters/re-tweeters.

    I’m seriously glad I’m not the only one wondering why no one’s sung The Freshman before.

    @monleo1705 that cover of Crazy is amazing and I totally agree it’s a great Andrew choice! I tend to like that song since Sligh, Blake & the crew of guys did it on the Season 6 Idol Tour (which happened to be the coolest tour set up of them all before they reverted to being boring again).

  47. Todrick is the only pure R&B type of the guys so he may have that vote to himself unless Mike decides to go R&B/soul again this week. I think he should go contemporary R&B – something he can dance to – maybe a girl’s song so he can look cool singing it.

    Yikes. No more girls’ songs. He’s already sung Kelly Clarkson and Tina Turner in the past two weeks and the judges have not been happy.

    I’d like him to take on Miss Independent or Mad by Ne-Yo, or What You Got by Colby O’Donis.

  48. The only guys I like are Alex and Lee – stagefright, apparent dimwittedness, falling down pants, hideous Lips of an Angel and all.

    Sigh. Me too. After the last two seasons, isn’t that tremendously depressing? But at least I like a handful of the girls this year. Last year, it was just Allison. The year before, it was just Brooke.

  49. I am definitely not rooting for Alex b/c he’s a cute teen. I have no interest in Tim for example, whatsoever, and I root for Aaron a little bit only b/c I think he has potential w/his voice.. I think he could be a huge country singer.

    But anyways, I am 100% rooting for Alex, at least for the guys.

  50. If I were the TPTB and I wanted Crystal to win I would get rid of two of these three girls this week if possible–lacey, lily or Didi. I wouldn’t necessarily throw the worst under the bus but maybe the ones who are the greatest vote splitters. They will try to keep Katie, Katelyn, Siobahn, Paige for variety. Personally, Katie is the only girl whose style I really dislike.

    If I could I would get rid of Casey cause I can’t stand his singing or his hair I would. Don’t think it is going to happen. I would get rid of Michael cause I also don’t think he is very good. Todderick, Aaron, Andrew, and Tim could go and I wouldn’t miss them at all. I’ll only know if Lee is a keeper after I find out what he is singing this week. Alex must stay and if I decide to vote this season he is going to get them all. He is a reason to watch. AI9 seems like Crystal’s to lose but I think this kid could surprise everyone in the end.

  51. Yikes. No more girls’ songs. He’s already sung Kelly Clarkson and Tina Turner in the past two weeks and the judges have not been happy.

    Yes, but he didn’t get called kareoke. LOL. His voice sounds so much like a contemporary hip-hop r&b voice that I’m afraid that he’ll get called sound alike if he approaches anyone close to the likes of Ne-Yo.

    The only guys I like are Alex and Lee – stagefright, apparent dimwittedness, falling down pants, hideous Lips of an Angel and all.

    I don’t even like Lee. The only interesting guys to me are Alex and Todrick, and Todrick is a douchnozzle. But he’s not a boring one. Heh. Andrew’s schtick has been done to death and Casey, while a contender IMO is singing in a genre I couldn’t care less about – male country/pop.

    The girls are much more interesting this season IMO.

  52. -Crystal: One, U2
    -Didi: Fidelity, Regina Spektor
    -Katelyn: November Rain, Guns’n’Roses
    -Lilly: Don’t Look Back in Anger, Oasis
    -Paige: Because the Night, Patti Smith (maybe 10000 Maniacs version)
    -Siobhan: Why, Annie Lennox (but only if she can pull it off! Kelly did a great cover a few years back)

    -Alex: Nothing Compares 2 U, Prince
    -Andrew: Hey Ya, Obadiah Parker cover of Outkast <3 if you haven't heard this, it really deserves a listen
    -Casey: Baby One More Time, Fountains of Wayne cover of Britney Spears
    -Lee: Drive, The Cars
    -Michael: Smooth, Santana

    Don't really care: Katie, Lacey, Tim, Todrick, Aaron

  53. I just read this article about Siobhan’s pre-idol band …

    Magnus’ bandmate, Matthew Kohler, who played bass told the Cape Cod Times that their frontwoman was “really into the punk scene.”
    “I think her preference is more the rock stuff than the pop stuff,” said Kohler.
    The band is described as a mix metal and hard core music.

    So I’d like to see her do something along that vein. Patti Smith’s “Because the Night” or Blondie’s “Call Me”. Of course the judges would probably hate it. I would also like her to bring back her mohawk.

    Lee can do the Black Crowes accoustic version of “She Talks to Angels”.

    Alex can cover “Valerie” ala James Morrison. I suggest he keep the guitar.

    I will probably be happy with whatever songs Lilly and Crystal come up with, as long as they “stay the course”.

  54. Is this week only an hour on Tuesday and Wednesday? For some reason I thought some of these shows were extended to two hours.

    I thought so as well. I checked my local schedule and this week AI will begin at 8 on Tuesday for one hour. Wednesday AI will begin at 9 for one hour. Thursday AI will go back to the 8 p.m. time slot for one hour. I think the reason why AI is running on a one hour time slot is because it is down to 16 contestants.

  55. Since it was said before, I’d agree that at least two weeks in, no matter what issues Alex has on the performance side, I think his song selection has been pretty good. He at the very least seems to know what direction he should be going in as an artist and is picking songs that are current and fit his voice without picking completely obvious songs. I’m hoping he steers clear of Mraz, but I’m nervous since I think he did that during Hollywood week. Mayer too.

    As for the audience being forgiving of “performance issues” (heh), I think the AI audience typically is forgiving if the person can come off as endearing and rootable at the same time. People like an underdog and I think Alex can use that to his benefit. Provided he has at least another decent week here.

  56. This season is still boring for me

    didi has to stay and tim’s hot and aaron’s cute

    the first song on my little brother’s iPod is by Aaron Kelly :)

    I’m getting so SICK of crystal.idk why but she pisses me off but I don’t hate
    her

    my mantra-I WANT CURRENT SONGSSSSSS

  57. -Didi: Fidelity, Regina Spektor

    Nice suggestion! But I wonder if the song is not “mainstream” enough for Idol. I thought her The Way I Am was fantastic, if not entirely original, but all the judges thought it wasn’t a good song choice for the Idol stage…

  58. So I’d like to see her do something along that vein. Patti Smith’s “Because the Night” or Blondie’s “Call Me”. Of course the judges would probably hate it.

    I don’t really know that the judges are that dumb (maybe they are … maybe I’m just feeling overly cheerful today.) But I really think that if she did something dark and rockish/punkish but that also included some emotional subtleties and some quiet but intense passages, they’d like it. (maybe I just think this because I’d like it.) …

    I mean, especially when you’re big-voiced, you can come out and just yell something like Because the Night and call yourself a rock/punk girl. And if Siobahn were to do this, the judges probably wouldn’t like her — and a good thing too, actually, it seems to me. Patti Smith never did that. She had highs and lows in her songs and really communicated, all with a rough edge. If Siobahn can do that (and I have to say that, despite my attraction to her, I don’t think that either RESPECT or Wicked Game proved that she can), then I think she’ll be a big hit, with the judges and the audience.

    (don’t know why I’m talking about Patti S in the past tense … — sorry, Patti)

  59. Songs chosen for no other reason other than that I heard those songs played on my iPod on shuffle today –

    Alex Lambert – Mr Therapy Man (Justin Nozuka) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyinF6G3aJY
    Casey James – Rattled (Traveling Wilburys)
    Michael Lynche – Your Good Thing (Lou Rawls) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2Epe0J4gac

    Crystal Bowersox – Bad Bad Leroy Brown (Jim Croce) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ooq3JbWbdjk
    Didi Benami – Glory Girl (Amanda Ghost)
    Lilly Scot – Diamonds and Rust (Joan Baez)

  60. Nice suggestion! But I wonder if the song is not “mainstream” enough for Idol.

    It made it to 46 on the pop charts, but I know what you mean. I think Regina suits her voice really well though, and it could make her more contemporary if she pulled it off. Idol seems a little more indie this season than usual but if I had my way, it would be much more so! I want Crystal to sing Rubber & Soul by Ane Brun, but I’m not sure anyone in the US has heard of her (I’m in Norway) so it’ll never happen :)

  61. I agree with several of the song suggestions. Whoever suggested Blues Traveler for Crystal, love that suggestion! I could also see her doing Trouble, by Ray Lamontagne. She has the soul for that.

    I think Lily could score on Right to be Wrong, by Joss Stone.

    I haven’t voted yet, but so far I am loving Crystal, liking Lily, liking Siobhan, and hating Katie. Meh on the other girls. For the boys I am loving Alex, liking Lee, liking Big Mike, not hating Casey, hating Todrick, and meh on the rest.

  62. I can’t stand casey

    i would love to hear didi do you’re so vain but that’d be a horrible decision because she would do it exactly like Brooke…

  63. Crystal’s my girl all the way, but I really want Didi to kick some ass this week. We gotta keep Ryan’s crush in the running!

    And I *desperately* want Alex to stick around long enough to get a makeover. That boy must be Cookified. ;)

  64. luvadamlambert: I WANT CURRENT SONGSSSSSS

    I am SO with you on that! I’m sick of hearing Beatles and stuff from the 60’s and 70’s. :/ Somebody mentioned earlier that Siobhan should sing “Decode” by Paramore and I personally think that performance would be full of amazingness!

  65. ok for the guys

    Fraudrick aka Todrick- Usher, Let it Burn or John Legend “Ordinary People”

    Lee- Kings of Leon, Use Somebody or Hoobastank “The Reason”

    Andrew- Drake, Best I ever had (acoustic) or Adele “Chasing Pavements”

    Alex- Justin Nozuka, After Tonight or Train “Drops of Jupiter”

    Michael- Carl Thomas, Emotional or Ne-yo “Love Songs”

    Tim- Teddy Geiger, For you I will or Owl City “Firefiles”

    Aaron- Taylor Swift, You belong with me or Jonas Brothers “Paranoid”

    Casey- Britney Spears, Womanizer or Siwtchfoot “Meant to Live”

    Now the girls

    Katie- Demi Lovato, Don’t Forget or Jojo “Too little too late”

    Lilly- The Ting Tings, That’s not my name or Pussycat Dolls “Dontcha” (acoustic)

    Siobhan- Heart, Barracuda or Paramore “Misery Business”

    Crystal- Christina Aguliera, Fighter or Pink “Like a pill”

    Didi- No Doubt, It’s my life or Natasha Bedingfield “Angel”

    Lacey- Blondie, Heart of Glass (slowed version) or Madonna “Borderline”

    Katelyn- Lady Gaga, Pokerface or Paparazzi(acoustic) or Katy Perry “Thinking of you”

    Paige- Natasha Bedingfield, Unwritten or Beyonce “Halo”

  66. I would like to hear Siobhan do a cover of a Pat benatar song,maybe Love is a Battlefield or maybe Patty Smyth and the Scandal’s The Warrior.

  67. I forgot to post my suggestions, I think >_>. They’re general, not specific, and only about who I care for.

    Aaron needs to young it up, but at the same time be careful of being compared to Justin Bieber (I will probably choke a bitch if that happens again, the only thing they have in common is that they’re young) and David Archuleta.

    Siobhan should pull a surprise on us again. First time was a male song done very beautifully, second time was a power glory note from out of nowhere, what’s next? I really wanna see more of this girl.

    Crystal, Casey, and Lilly….. Hmm, I’m not sure how I feel about saying this because it didn’t work for Andrew, but lose the guitar for a performance?

    Lee, wear a belt and stop being goaty and pitchy. You’ve got something going, but you need to be more comfortable and just bring it. I think a part of that is the pants thing, it’s kinda awkward >_>. As for a song suggestion? I’d like to see a more upbeat rock-ish song from you. Something fun. That’s an issue I’m finding right now, has anybody had an actual “fun” performance this season? I’d probably argue for Siobhan’s “Think”, but nothing else had the “oomph” to give me energy. Work on the pitchyness, dawg. I like my dark horses, but you haven’t sold me yet.

    Katelyn has been MY dark horse. I went into the top 24 hoping she would get eliminated first because I found everyone more interesting, yet she has proven me wrong both weeks. I just want her to be more consistent and keep it up. Do a piano song that’s not extremely slow.

    Todrick and Tim, leave.

    Didi and Andrew have both lost me. Didi’s been decent, but forgettable. Andrew has disappointed me twice in the past two weeks. I have a feeling Straight Up will be brought up again this week.

    How did I forget Alex? First of all, this is just a personal thing, but lose the damn mullet. You look like f*cking CAROL BRADY. Second of all, please lose the nerves. I really LOVED that performance last week. I hope he can pull through it again, I want him to make tour.

    Alex, Aaron, and maybe Siobhan are my favorites that I’m worried about making tour (Siobhan mostly because she’s really quirky, I don’t know if America has bought into her style). I have a feeling that the others that I care about most have a clear shot at it.

    Ideally, I’d think Alex, Aaron, Michael, Casey, and Lee would be the guys making tour, while Crystal, Lilly, Siobhan, Didi, and Katelyn would make it for the girls.

    However, as bored as I get of some of these people, there is only one of them who will make me reconsider buying my tour ticket, and that is Todrick.

  68. I’m meh on Siobhan,I don’t like any frontrunners this year.BUT-I FLOVE paramore…

    Tim- Teddy Geiger, For you I will or Owl City “Firefiles”

    ….just for the laughs???

    other than that, BRILLIANT song suggestions.I hope the contestants use some of those songs…:)

  69. The problem with current music is that most of it is just no memorable. It almost guarantees a failure for the performer. It is still not possible to give new life to these songs. Apologize…Happy…whatever Rascal Flatts…I Don’t Want to Be, you name it.

    Maybe Katelyn’s “The Scientist” has been one of the most memorable moments I can think about with a “current” song (and it’s already 8 years old).

    In fact, just think about any great idol moment, 99% of them came from classics/oldies. Even on the tour, people loved Adam’s WLL, Matt’s Hard to Handle, Kris’ Ain’t No Sunshine, etc, while everyone was meh about Lil doing Single Ladies. Starlight and All These Things That I’ve Done were great, but that’s the problem with current music that’s good, it’s too obscure for the idol audience, or maybe it isn’t even cleared.

    Anyway, after watching Andrew’s YouTube Michael Jackson tribute, I think it’d be interesting to see him performing something from him.

  70. alxsavage just through kradison what about HEARTLESs which won Kris the competition (and AT&T and chick-fil-a and…nvrmnd ;)) Adam did all old songs.and Allison would have KILLed on paramore…

    Current songs are risky

    if you f$&k up,you’re pretty much gaurunteed out of the competition.But,if you do a version that is decent everyone will say “OMG CONTESTANT X IS THE BEST IDOL EVER!!!!!” and you automatically become a frontrunner

    It’s a risk but IMO it’s a risk worth taking

    This is another topic,a shallow,cruel,one and I DO NOT base how much I like the contestants on this (except Tim :)) but am I the only person who thinks crystal is the least attrctive person in the group??!?

  71. alxsavage just through kradison what about HEARTLESs which won Kris the competition

    You got me there luv! It’s true, that’s why I believe that Heartless will probably remain as one of the most brilliant performances on idol.

    And that’s part of my point, it’s really hard to bring new life to current music and make the audience embrace it, Kris did something very unique with that one. On the other hand, Andrew tried to do it with Fall Out Boy, I liked his version, but apparently it wasn’t popular at all. Current songs are a high risk for sure.

  72. The songs this year have been actually pretty current by idol standards.
    Quoting WNTS:

    Through the first four episodes, the average song age is 20.4 years. By Idol standards, that’s practically cutting-edge. Of the nine preceding seasons, only one – AI2, at 22.9 – has finished with an average of under 24 years

    But it’s true that it seems harder to make a big impact with new songs, Lilly picked 2 very old songs and did well, the CCR song that Crystal sang is 40 years old…

    That’s why I think Daughtry singing Hemorrhage might have been the best performance ever.

  73. The problem with current music is that most of it is just no memorable.

    Those of a sensitive disposition should read no further. If you want a recent memorable song, perhaps given her own song No Farmer’s Daughter, Crystal Bowersox can sing Martha Wainwright’s Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole, a song about her father Loudon Wainwright III. Everyone will remember it if that song can be performed on AI.

  74. god no, please no Drops of Jupiter for alex or ANY contestant. belch. such a lite fm type of song, doesnt really fit any of the guys, with maybe the exception of Casey.

    i like the suggestion of Regina Spektor for Didi or even Lily. Idol needs more non mainstream songs in the competition. how many times can one person hear whitney houston? :) enough!

  75. just for the laughs???

    other than that, BRILLIANT song suggestions.I hope the contestants use some of those songs…:)

    lol thanks! and Tim’s choices were pretty much songs without much range. I really would like to see them sing songs that are older than my freakin parents! Seriously as an avid idol watcher for one year I’d like to see people sing songs from the 80’s on JEEZ! And btw Crystal isnt necessarily unattractive its the dreads for me. She actually resembles Julia Stiles a bit. But I’m no Crystal fan idk why there all drooling over her!

  76. Tim’s choices were pretty much songs without much range.

    Actually Tim has shown more (attempted) range than Lee & Andrew thus far. Idolranges.com updated their info to include season 9 and it’s pretty interesting. I’m one that cares about tone much much more than multi-octave range, but c’mon Lee! No more Hinder, no more angel lips and tuggy pant hips.

    Tim’s been pretty smart in appealing to his girly base with song choices. Now’s the time to appeal to the older ladies by going 80s a la David Cook. Jessie’s Girl, Tim! Do it! Hasn’t been done on idol, great guitar riff, and you DO look quite a bit like Rick Springfield. That with a Member’s Only Type jacket (or leather) and you’d be a lock for the Top 12!

    Casey James – enough with the cliches, dude. Don’t even think about “Against All Odds”. How about Everlong by the Foo Fighters? Or something by a female?

    I love all the Alex Lambert love here at MJs! I think his lovely tone and adorable dimples are a lock for the Top 10, unless things go horribly awry. Hoping for a classic Elliott Yamin growth arc, with mini makeover, confidence building & growth in stage craft.
    His song choices have the best so far, but I’m worried for him when there are more rigid themes and song lists in the future….

  77. This is another topic,a shallow,cruel,one and I DO NOT base how much I like the contestants on this (except Tim :) ) but am I the only person who thinks crystal is the least attrctive person in the group??!?

    I think Crystal is naturally gorgeous. I adore that she’s not all fake smiley mcpageantpants. And I’m seriously worried about early overpimpage by the judges.

  78. Crystle …Blue Hotel…C Isaak

    Siohban…Eli’s coming….Laura Nyro

    Didi….Good Mother …Jan Arden

  79. i like the suggestion of Regina Spektor for Didi or even Lily. Idol needs more non mainstream songs in the competition. how many times can one person hear whitney houston? :) enough!

    I wonder if it’s possible to get RS songs (and a lot of other contemporary stuff, especially the more esoteric) cleared? …

    We’ve certainly heard plenty of stories about clearance issues in the past. I just heard Lisa Tucker on Idol Rewind: Season Five a couple weeks ago talking about waiting on pins and needles for a couple of songs to clear and then having to whip up a new song at literally the last minute.

    And I think that’s an issue that’s especially troubling for a group like this year’s, where there seem to be an unusually high number of people who lack confidence and experience. If you’re uncertain about being able to pull off *one* song with your four days of prep time, how willing are you going to be to prepare a song that may then ultimately not clear, leaving you to pull yet another song out of your hat for a great performance on a day or two notice?

    I’d love to see them broaden the show’s repertoire, but in the past it’s definitely taken the more gutsy and experienced performers to even attempt that. And I don’t know that anybody’s even tried very often to clear songs by very contemporary, indie-type people. So whether it’s actually feasible is hard to judge.

    That said, while I *love* Regina Spektor, I know I’d have a tough time doing anything but pale karaoke on most of her songs — not sure that a half-week is enough time for most of these people, who tend to sing in something like RS’s own style, to totally remake one of her songs. (On the other hand, Simon probably never heard a Regina Spektor song in his life, so he wouldn’t know whether it was karaoke or not!)

  80. Casey James – enough with the cliches, dude. Don’t even think about “Against All Odds”. How about Everlong by the Foo Fighters? Or something by a female?

    I don’t know about Everlong. To me, it’s one of those rock songs that depends a *lot* on the driving beat and the overall musical intensity of an actual rock band as well as its nearly five-minute length to really make an impact, make a moment.

    I remember Marty Casey doing it on Rockstar: INXS, and he managed to craft it into a fairly convincing moment. But not nearly as much so as a lot of the other songs he did on that show. And I think Marty Casey’s a really amazing performer with tons of stage presence and intensity, not to mention tons of experience as a professional performer. I don’t really think that AI’s Casey is in his league….

    In short — I see Casey J having a *very* tough time putting across this kind of song so that it actually comes across as a full performance. I think that takes a level of oomph that he certainly hasn’t shown me so far. … On the other hand, in his case I guess it doesn’t matter since he’s probably getting enough votes out of this not very inspiring crowd to get through based on sheer prettiness.

  81. Well, Didi can sing Breathe (2AM) by Anna Nalick to go with her singer-songwriter stuff.

    Siobhan can sing whatever she likes… I hope she slows it down this week though..like My Immortal by Evanescence…or something as haunting.

    Crystal…i hope she sings something radio-friendly. Last weeks song choice was great but I wouldn’t put it in my iPod. I love her lower register so her voice would probably sound good on Rihanna’s Take a Bow and spin her own arrangement on it.

    Katelyn…to continue with her pop-rock band trend, she probably can tackle Keane’s Everybody’s Changing…

    Lilly…I can’t pick songs for Lilly but I’m sure whatever it is, she can Lilly-fy it. The thing is, even if she does those songs for the whole competition, she may even be branded a one trick pony for doing the same thing, but I never get tired of her Lillyfication of songs…

    Katie can sing whatever she likes, even Love Song by Sara Bareilles or Tik Tok by Kesha…I REALLY DON”T CARE.

    Lacey…something haunting (which is more of her style). I stumbled upon this Eva Cassidy version of Time After Time in YouTube… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMznNlfLXP4 or Eva Cassidy’s version of True Colors… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SIX-Qp6v4k

    Paige…dnt care…

  82. Alex is the only male contestant I really care about at all this season, so I’d really like to see him make Top 12.

    I’ll be powervoting for Alex this week. I need this boy to make the tour! I’ll be so hurt if Alex misses the Top 12 and Tim gets in.

    I’m going to disagree with most regarding Casey & Andrew. I happen to think Andrew is a lock for Top 12, but I don’t think Casey is a sure thing. I actually like the suggestion of Ordinary People for Todrick. I’m not a fan of his, but I think he’d do a good job with that song. Enough for him to make Top 12? Not so sure.

    On the girls’ side, I think Didi’s in trouble without a strong performance. I think Paige “Fodder” Miles will beat the odds and make Top 12. I hope she sticks with the rock/pop stuff and avoids the tired R&B “diva” songs. What she’s doing is working for her so far, so I don’t there’s any need for her to change.

  83. The problem with current music is that most of it is just not memorable. It almost guarantees a failure for the performer.

    I think research would prove you to be right. For many, an oldie done with modern reflections is a success. I will never be sick of hearing Beatles and stuff from the 60’s and 70’s. There is a endless well of great music to choose from.

    I’d love to see any of the girls do some James Taylor. He did such a nice job at the Oscars on Sunday night.

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