March 28, 2012 04:31 PM PDT
American Idol: Advice (and Fantasy Set Lists!) for the Season 11 Top 9
We’re five weeks in to American Idol‘s 11th season, and unlike in previous years, it’s not so easy to predict which three or four vocalists will still be standing come mid-May. With that in mind, we’ve whipped up some advice for the remaining contestants — assessing their strengths and weaknesses, and suggesting some unexpected song choices that could help them in their quest to inherit Scotty McCreery’s crown and sash. Ch-ch-check out our gallery, then hit the comments with your own suggestions. And for all my Idol commentary, news, and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!
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Strengths: His voice has explosive power and the kind of raw, unadulterated soul that's all too rare on the radio anymore. But don't just call him a Gospel balladeer; his rendition of "I Wish" proved he's funky and versatile.
Weaknesses: Recent Tweet saying he plans to stay in the "CHURCHY GOSPEL" lane could lead to a premature exit. Versatility is crucial to Idol success, while full-throttle holleration can grow old when it's not mixed with subtler, less-intense performances over the long and arduous Idol season.
Dream Set List: Lorraine Ellison/Bette Midler's "Stay With Me"; Yaz's "Situation"; Tamia's "Stranger in My House"; Macy Gray's "I Try"; Hercules & Love Affair's "Blind"; Eurthymics' "Missionary Man"