There are only six weeks left in American Idol‘s tenth season, and only seven contestants still in the running toward becoming
America’s Next Top Model 2011’s answer to Lee DeWyze. The next step toward crowning our eventual champ, of course, will take place Wednesday night, when the Top 7 tackle Songs From the 21st Century (aka Songs They’ve Actually Heard Of Without a Panicky Google/iTunes Search or a Training Session from “Music Expert” Rob Reiner). Hopefully, the evening will be filled with magic moments, not “Only Girl in the World“-style disasters that leave egg on the faces of Idol fans like myself who consistently moan and gripe about the show’s failure to delve into modern music.
In my spirit of undying/naive optimisim, I’ve cooked up song suggestions for the remaining finalists. Ch-ch-check ’em out, then brainstorm some ideas of your own in the comments. And for all my Idol news and commentary, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!
Slezak’s Dream Set List for “Songs from the 21st Century” Night
Haley Reinhart: Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Maps” or Macy Gray’s “I Try”
Stefano Langone: Nelly Furtado’s “Turn Off the Light” or Daniel Bedingfield’s “Gotta Get Through This”
Scotty McCreery: Jewel’s “Standing Still” (picture this in his looooow voice….Idol moment!) or (obvs) Josh Turner’s “Your Man”
Jacob Lusk: Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together” or Jill Scott’s “Hate On Me”
Casey Abrams: Modest Mouse’s “Float On” or Jason Mraz’s “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)”
Lauren Alaina: Dido’s “White Flag” (add a little twang and Oh! Em! Gee!) or Madonna’s “Don’t Tell Me”
James Durbin: Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” or Weezer’s “Beverly Hills”
Okay, your turn. Head to the comments and offer your dream set list for this week’s Idol performance show!