Beatles Week on American Idol

A little news–On Wednesday’s results show, Ruben Studdard will be the guest performer. He’ll be singing the new boot song, “Celebrate me Home.” Next week, Katharine McPhee performs with David Foster.

This week, the Idols take on the Beatles’ song book. I’m simultaneously excited and horrified. As a Beatles freak I look forward to hearing these great songs performed–but performed well. And as we know, anything can happen on the Idol stage. I remain cautiously optimistic…

Check out my song picks for the Idols after the jump. What are yours? Share in comments! Remember, only Lennon/McCartney songs count. George Harrison wrote many incredible songs recorded by the Beatles (“Something”, “Here Comes the Sun”). Lucky for George, Michael Jackson/Sony ATV never got their grubby little hands on his songs…

ETA: Looks like I’m going to have to revise my list:

Here is what Nigel Had to Say about Beatles week:

Now that the Idol finally has use of the entire songbook — which includes 180 tunes — Lythgoe knows just when to use them.

“When the Top 12 sing for the first time this season, it will be the music of Lennon and McCartney, ” he told Seacrest. “We’ve given them a list because it’s all of the early songs — from ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ to ‘Got to Get You Into My Life.’ These fantastic songs. It’s one of the few areas that everybody knows.”

The list ends with Revolver–nothing from Sgt Pepper onnward…

My favorite period is the middle period–Beatles for Sale through Revolver.

This is really a wish list. There are too many obscure songs on here that would never get picked, but here goes:

  • David Archuleta – “Here, There and Everywhere”
  • Jason Castro – “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”
  • David Cook – “I’ve Just Seen a Face”
  • Kristy Lee Cook – “What Goes On”
  • Chikezie – “I’m Down”
  • David Hernandez – “Got to Get You Into My Life”
  • Michael Johns – “We Can Work It Out”
  • Amanda Overmyer – “Wait”
  • Ramiele Malubay – “Eleanor Rigby”
  • Syesha Mercado – “Drive My Car”
  • Carly Smithson – “Can’t Buy Me Love”
  • Brooke White – “For No One”
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