American Idol: What Should the Top 11 Sing for Elton John Week?
Wednesday night’s episode of American Idol will see the Top 11 dive headlong into the Elton John songbook — alas, those ’80s Night rumors proved to be untrue — and I’d say it’s even-money that somebody’s going to follow in the footsteps of Bo Bice, David Archuleta, Justin Guarini, Jorge Nuñez, Clay Aiken and Jasmine Trias and break out yet another rendition of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.” (Really, Cecile Frot-Coutaz ought to secretly deduct 250,000 votes from whichever finalist dares to go there.)
But hey, ever the optimist, I’m going to go ahead and brainstorm some ideas for the Season 10 hopefuls, also carefully avoiding “Cirrrrrrcle of Liiiiiiife” (always and forever owned by Jennifer Hudson — in the Idoleverse, anyway) and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” (still recovering from the unspeakable horrors Camile Velasco subjected it to back in season 3).
Check out my picks, then head to the comments to suggest your own. (And for all my Idol ridiculata, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV.)
Naima Adedapo: “Sacrifice“
James Durbin: “I Want Love“
Pia Toscano: “Your Song” (check out Elle Goulding’s version for a slightly different arrangement)
Stefano Langone: “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” (Note: No woman should cover this on Idol in the post-La Toya London era)
Haley Reinhart: “Honky Cat“
Jacob Lusk: “I’m Still Standing“
Lauren Alaina: “The One“
Scotty McCreery: “Ballad of a Well-Known Gun“
Paul McDonald: “Tiny Dancer“
Thia Megia: “Believe“
Casey Abrams: “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)“