American Idol: What Should the Top 12 (or Top 11) Cover for 'Songs From the Year You Were Born'?

idol top 12American Idol‘s Season 11 Top 12 are set to cover the frequently traversed theme of “Songs From the Year You Were Born” tonight. (Way to cook up new and exciting ideas, Uncle Nigel)! I’m already saying a novena that Jessica Sanchez won’t get stuck in the Thia Megia ghetto (aka singing “Colors Of The Wind”) and that Joshua Ledet won’t be offering up Idol‘s eighth rendition of “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” in 11 seasons. (But, alas, hearing one of those ballads is almost as likely as Jermaine Jones performing nothing at all; read all about that scandalé here!)

Nevertheless, using the contestants’ birthdays and Billboard’s lists of Top 100 songs from the corresponding calendar years, here are my suggestions for a dream set list. (Yes, yes, I showed incredible restraint in not pairing Shannon Magrane with Ini Kamoze’s “Here Comes The Hotstepper.”) Check out my picks, then hit the comments with your own suggestions!

Elise Testone: July 29, 1983
Golden Earring’s “Twilight Zone” or Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry

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Skylar Laine: February 1, 1994
Beck’s “Loser” (seriously this would be amazing — close your eyes and imagine it!) or Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories’s “Stay (I Missed You)

Joshua Ledet: April 9, 1992
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under The Bridge” or CeCe Peniston’s “Finally

Phillip Phillips: September 20, 1990
Keith Sweat’s “Make You Sweat” (crazy/perfect!) or Jane Child’s “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love

Jessica Sanchez: August 4, 1995
Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy” or Groove Theory’s “Tell Me

Heejun Han: April 20, 1989
Tiffany’s “All This Time” (don’t pretend this isn’t a gorgeous melody) or Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians’ “What I Am

Erika Van Pelt: December 12, 1985
Honeydrippers’ “Sea Of Love” or Tina Turner’s “Better Be Good To Me

Colton Dixon: October 19, 1991
Paula Abdul’s “Rush Rush” (offbeat, sure, but he’d kill it!) or EMF’s “Unbelievable

Shannon Magrane: October 21, 1995
Monica’s “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)” or Dionne Farris’ “I Know”

Deandre Brackensick: October 21, 1994
Aaliyah’s “Back and Forth” or Zhane’s “Groove Thang

Hollie Cavanagh: July 5, 1993
Boy Krazy’s “That’s What Love Can Do” or Madonna’s “Deeper And Deeper”