You wanted some current music on American Idol? Well Uncle Nigel is gonna give you current music on American Idol!
That’s right: On this Wednesday’s performance show, the Top 7 contestants will tackle Songs from This Decade — 2010 to 2012 (aka The Ke$ha Years), and now we all need to say a collective novena that nobody’s going to cover “I’m Sexy and I Know It.” (Not that it’s not on my iPod, but come on.)
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Below, you’ll find my suggestions to help the Top 7 wiggle wiggle wiggle out of their comfort zones while possibly producing an Idol Moment. Check out the fruits of my brainstorming, then hit the comments with your own dream set list!
Joshua Ledet | David Guetta featuring Sia’s “Titanium” or Melanie Fiona’s “4AM”
Elise Testone | Mumford & Sons’ “The Cave” or Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi”
Skylar Laine | Jason Aldean’s “Fly Over States” or Kip Moore’s “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck”
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Colton Dixon | Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone” or Kelis’ “4th of July (Fireworks)” (daft on paper, but if Colton gets behind the piano and strips the song down, it could be amazing)
Jessica Sanchez | Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up” or Florence + The Machine’s “Shake It Out”
Phillip Phillips | J Cole’s “Work Out” or Alicia Keys’ “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart”
Hollie Cavanagh | Neon Trees’ “Animal” or Ellie Goulding’s “Lights”