I can’t say I’m completely ecstatic about American Idol diving into the Carole King songbook on Wednesday night — if the show wanted to go with an iconic female songwriter, why not the far more prolific Carly Simon, or maybe someone more current, like Sheryl Crow or Madonna or Linda Perry or Beyoncé or even Janet Jackson? But, hey, we’ve got to work with what Uncle Nigel gives us, so I’ve cooked up song suggestions for the Top 6. Ch-ch-check em out, then visit Carole’s Songwriters Hall of Fame bio to get the rundown on the hits she’s written, and 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 “Carole King” Night
Haley Reinhart: “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (Amy Winehouse version)
Scotty McCreery: “So Far Away” (paired with Scotty’s deep voice, this could be a true Idol Moment)
Jacob Lusk: “Way Over Yonder” or (if he decides to go a little uptempo) “Sweet Seasons”
Casey Abrams: “Pleasant Valley Sunday” (could work stripped down and jazzed out)
Lauren Alaina: “It’s Too Late”
James Durbin: “Up on the Roof” (check out the James Taylor version)
Okay, your turn. Head to the comments and offer your dream set list for this week’s Idol performance show!