This week’s theme? Songs of the Grand Ole Opry. Fitting, considering one of Idol’s own, Carrie Underwood became a member of the Opry last year.
Country music veteran, Randy Travis, was on hand then to help induct Carrie into the Opry. And he’ll be with her on Wednesday to duet with Carrie on her latest single, a cover of his song, “I Told You So.”
Travis will also be mentoring the Top 11 this week, plus Brad Paisley debuts his new single, “Then” on the results show.
What do you think the Idols should sing? I’ll update this post with my list later today. In the meantime, post yours in comments. You can choose from the list that Vote for the Worst spoiled right HERE.
OK, I’m looking at the list, and I’m a little bit at a loss. I would be so happy if the song choices weren’t dominated by the Usual Supects. Somebody will probably sing “How Do I Live”, and I have a feeling a fight probably broke out over the Carrie Underwood songs. It would be totally cool if at least a few of the contestants chose some old school country, like Patsy Cline, Hank Williams or George Jones.
So, from me, a totally random list of picks for this week’s contestants
- Adam Lambert – “Crazy” by Patsy Cline, or some Dolly Parton – I hear one Adam has performed country music at the Upright Cabaret’s Honky Tonk night’s in his pre-Idol days. He also participated in a tribute to Dolly Parton night at the Upright. I’m hearing from people who should know that Adam will have no problems singing country.
- Alexis Grace – Some Alison Krauss or Emmylou Harris. Patsy Cline might be a good choice.
- Allison Iraheta – She’d do great rocking up a country tune.
- Anoop Desai – He should try a ballad this week–something that showcases his vocals–Garth Brooks, perhaps.
- Danny Gokey – Garth Brooks or Travis Tritt.
- Kris Allen – Hank Williams or some Johnny Cash. And he needs to bring his guitar.
- Lil Rounds – If Lil performs an R&B arrangement of a Carrie Underwood song, the judges would love it, and she’d avoid direct comparisons to Princess Carrie.
- Matt Giraud – Matt hasn’t been comfortable stepping too far out of his soul box, so I fear for him a little. A good solution might be to cover one of the classic C&W songs Ray Charles recorded.
- Megan Corkrey – Some Loretta Lynn, via Jack White.
- Michael Sarver – People look at Michael and think “he should be singing country” but he’s stated several times that country is not his thing. So, I wonder if he’ll have trouble this week. I think another ballad is the way to go.
- Scott MacIntyre – Billy Joel’s “Shameless” was covered by Garth Brooks. There you go!