March 17, 2008

Idol: Song Choices for the Top 11

We've seen week 1 of American Idol's take on the Lennon/McCartney songbook. But what should the contestants sing for week 2? I'm glad you asked. The rules are that no songs from last week can be used.

Really, there is a simple formula here. Sing a Beatles song that everyone knows, and try not to screw it up. If you can do that, you'll be around next week.

David Archuletta - Yesterday
David bombed last week, but he can erase that memory by knocking this one out of the park. Yesterday is the song I was most surprised didn't get sung last week. I think it's perfect for David and will get him back on track.

Carly Smithson - Blackbird
I'm sure she won't sing this one, but I think it would be awesome. She could tone things down a bit from the last few weeks but still bring the house down.

David Cook - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
He could rock out a bunch of different Beatles songs, but I think he'd be great on this one.

Jason Castro - Here, There, and Everywhere

I was listening to Revolver today, and the falsettos in this song would be perfect for Jason.

Brook White - A Day in the Life
Hey Jude would be perfect for Brook, but she has to mix things up a little bit this week. She's not in danger of going home, so she really has an opportunity to shine.

Michael Johns - You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
I had a really hard time coming up with a good song for Michael. It seems like he would be good at anything, but I'm not sure which song he could really stand out on. I think this one would be good, but I'm not sure about it.

Amanda Overmyer - Helter Skelter
She should have sung this last week, but she can make up for it tomorrow. It's right in her wheelhouse and no one will notice that she can only sing one type of song.

Syesha Mercado - Hey Jude
Syesha needs to take a risk and stand out this week. What better way than to take one one of the most famous Beatles songs? She could do a great job with this, or she could be gone this week.

Chikezie - With a Little Help from My Friends
I thought about giving Chikezie one of the fun Beatles songs (Mr. Mustard or Carry That Weight), but I think this will work better for him. He'll be able to show some personality, which is the only thin keeping him around still.

Ramiele Malubay - Julia
She has a ton of great slow ballads to pick from. Eventually she'll need to stand out from the crowd, but this week she'll be fine just playing it safe.

Kristy Lee Cook - Can't Buy Me Love
It's going to be tough for Kristy to stick around for another week. To do it she's going to need to look comfortable on stage and sing a Country-ish song without turning the audition into a hoe-down. I think this is the song for her, but it won't guarantee her a place in the final 10.

4 Responses:

"ben" said...

I really like your picks for Smithson and Castro. Your choice for Cook would be great...but it's a George Harrison song, so I don't think it's eligible. Maybe Back in the USSR?

For Archuletta, Yesterday has the same issue to me as In My Life. It's great when The Beatles do it, because it's theirs. But covering it is really hard because changing it will be awful, but simply singing it will make you "second-rate." Instead, I suggest something more like Long and Winding Road.

And I'd like to hear Chikize sing Oh Darling.

Brien said...

Thanks for the catch on the Harrison song. I knew I was going to screw that up with one of the picks. Back in the USSR was one I had in mind for Cook, so I agree, it would be a good choice for him.

You're right, Yesterday would be risky for Archuleta. But I think he has the chance to turn in a memorable Idol performance with it. He's one of the few contestants that could really do it justice.

J said...

Great song choices. I have been scouring the internet trying to find a finalized list for tonight. Ugh. I'm subscribing to your blog . . . curious to see what you think about tonight's performances. If you're interested come on over to my blog. . .

Also, I agree about Yesterday for Archuleta. Could be risky but think he could blow it out of the water. Interesting that this was D. Hernandez's choice for this week . . . I really think he might have blown this song away.

"ben" said...

Hell yeah! I got the right song for Archuletta!

I want DAP!

And I thought it was his best that I've seen so far.

Also I got a song right (Back in the USSR) but the wrong performer. Their song choices are kind of interchangeable though.

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