Update: by the way, the song theme for the semi-final round will be “Hot 100 Top 10’s”, but I’m hearing the producers aren’t strictly enforcing the theme.
This year, contestants WILL be able to play instruments during their performance (Instruments were allowed during the semis Season 7, but not allowed until the Top 13 Season 8.)
Idol Maniac at Idol Forums knows some of the song picks and is playing a little game. See if you can guess a few of the songs Top 24 contestants are preparing for the Top 24. Check it out HERE. There are no names involved, just song choices.
He has also posted lists of Top 10 songs for the years 1972-1010.
via Fox press release:
In an AMERICAN IDOL first, some of the Top 24 semifinalists will be revealed in a special two-hour event airing Tuesday, Feb. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
On Tuesday evening, the remaining contestants will take the stage to perform their final solo number in front of Simon, Ellen, Kara and Randy in hopes of singing their way into the Top 24. Following these performances, the judges will deliberate, and for the first time in IDOL history, will announce some of the Top 24 semifinalists.
Tune in Wednesday, Feb. 17 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) as the judges reveal the remaining contestants who will round out the Top 24.
Interesting. I wonder who they will choose to reveal? Will it be contestants we haven’t seen yet? Or will the early introductions be the start of the producers early pimping of certain contestants?