American Idol Exclusive: Top 7 Redux Theme Is 'Now & Then'

idol season 11 top 7Looks like American Idol Top 7 Redux Week will have a little something for everyone.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Wednesday night’s theme will be “Now & Then” — with each contestant tackling two songs: A Billboard No. 1 hit from 2000 to 2012, and a “soul” song from a previous decade.

Excited for this theme? Sound off in the comments!



Comments (154)

  • Sounds manipulative. They’re playing to particular contestants’ strengths and against other’s weaknesses. When does Skylar get a country week that would put everyone else in her playground? She not my favorite but even I understand that, unlike last year with Scotty & Lauren, the producers have ignored her strengths when planning a theme week.

    Comment by Deb – April 16, 2012 11:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • why can’t she do country song for the 2000-2012 part of the show?

      Comment by noa – April 16, 2012 12:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There wasn’t a “country week” last year either. All of the themes are geared towards giving contestants a wide range of songs to choose from to fit their genres- by either using decades/years of music, or selecting musical artists that have a wide range of song types.

      I don’t see how it’s “playing favorites” when every contestant gets to sing a current song in whatever genre they want as well as an older style song that they are free to change up (should they want to).

      Comment by ds – April 16, 2012 12:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • What are you talking about Deb? There are many country songs from the past and present. She sucks though, so she might get eliminated. Great entertainer…but boring voice.

        Comment by why – April 17, 2012 01:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • You don’t know how good skylar actually is

          Comment by Steve – April 18, 2012 04:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i wanna see jessica sing song from titanic by celine dion

      Comment by blazeme – April 16, 2012 12:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Oh my God, please no! I would have to throw something at my TV.

        Comment by Jenay – April 16, 2012 01:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Are you trying to get her sent home again?

        Comment by darcy's evil twin – April 16, 2012 08:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I’m no great fan of the song, but considering that Jessica got sent home after singing an obscure soul song I’d guess that singing that entirely too recognizable Celine number would actually help her.
          .
          But they can’t do it, since Titanic came out in 90s, right? Please tell me there’s not a 3D-edition loophole.

          Comment by Miscellaneopolan – April 17, 2012 02:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I agree. Even I would send her home! :D

          Comment by Bobbi – April 17, 2012 03:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yes I agree to that. I also imagine her singing that. Will really fit her singing prowess like a glove.

        Comment by che@83 – April 16, 2012 09:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • that’s 1997 song my dear……sorry I do not like that song for her in this very critical moment of her

        Comment by sam – April 16, 2012 11:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think it does play to particular strengths, although Joshua will need to watch the vocal embellishments in this genre that often pick him off. Jessica sounds way too much like Beyonce to do Beyonce. Skylar will, I think, do very well: it is easy not to give her credit for changing a song, but she can. Elise could have a moment, Hollie is dead meat, and PeePee is gonna have a rough time. Colton can pull it off. Heck, he has probably been practicing soul for a year.

      Comment by Yo' – April 16, 2012 12:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Not manipulative. Skylar can sing a country song practically every week. They’re keeping the themes pretty wide open which is smart. And that actually works to her advantage because her performances will be popular with country fans while everyone else is singing another genre.

      Plus I for one would not want to sit through a show where all of them had to sing a country song. That would be a trainwreck.

      Comment by AIJ – April 16, 2012 04:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Probably in most ways it works to her advantage (to sing country), but if she’s trying to draw in non-country lovers, venturing outside of the country zone can be to her advantage. While “Stay with Me” was full of energy (albeit, to me, the energy was frenetic, and, thus not enjoyable), she blew me away with her rendition of “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” — and has lost me every week since.

        Comment by My Alter Ego – April 16, 2012 04:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I understand what Michael and Melinda want ,
      BUT
      They should not be shocked if final 3 will be
      Colton
      Skylar
      Philip

      Comment by Joseph – April 16, 2012 04:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • that would be disgusting!

        Comment by bebe – April 18, 2012 05:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • watch out for Jessica she will take us on a ride

      Comment by Neo – April 16, 2012 07:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • What are you talking about Deb? There are many country songs from the past and present. She sucks though, so she might get eliminated. Great entertainer, but boring voice.

      Comment by why – April 17, 2012 01:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Why does she need a “country week”… despite the theme, she always manages to sing country. Whereas the others have gone all over the place w/ their choices and shows their range. Skylar is old news and no disrespect to country lovers out there, but I’ve heard enough.

      Comment by LEM – April 18, 2012 08:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well if Jessica and Joshua don’t kill it this week with soul then I don’t know when they will. I think Jessica did great last week, but she can do really well with this theme. I’m curious to how Skylar will approach Soul and Phillip for that matter. Should be interesting.

    Comment by idolbethejudge.blogspot.com – April 16, 2012 11:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m sure J&J will kill it this week, as they have in past weeks!

      Comment by Shana – April 16, 2012 01:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think that after 10 years, producers are finally setting these contestants up for success with their themes.

    Comment by mitch – April 16, 2012 11:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And that’s why they are called, “producers”, but I do miss Big Band Week. The intricate melodies of the 40s would separate the men from the boys, so to speak. That’s when people realized Kelly Clarkson was a star. A good song is a good song, period.

      Comment by darcy's evil twin – April 17, 2012 08:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • We have 5 more weeks for that. It usually happens around top 5.

        Comment by Idolhead Ed – April 17, 2012 11:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yes, but as the years go by, fewer and fewer of these young contestants know, care about, or can relate to the standards. The exceptions – like Hayley last year – truly stand out, but many, if not most, of these kids are lost with such a theme. Let them sing the new songs they like: I’ll go listen to my Frank Sinatra recordings if I want the standards.

        Comment by marie – April 17, 2012 12:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You know, you just never know what a theme might bring. I can remember when they announced “Rolling Stones Week” in season 9 and I thought, Oh, NO! As it turned out it was one of the better weeks, and my husband and I still talk about Tim Urban’s reggae take on “Under My Thumb”. he got clobbered for that rendition, but these two old people found it to be interesting and original! He “made it his own”!

      Comment by darcy's evil twin – April 17, 2012 08:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agree.

      Comment by marie – April 17, 2012 11:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A soul song?… Seems like they’re kicking the Jessica/Joshua pimping into gear then!

    Comment by Alan – April 16, 2012 11:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • soul should be great for Elise as well. she’s a soul-funk-rock singer. she did the James Brown song in Vegas and it was amazing!

      Comment by noa – April 16, 2012 12:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Elise’s problem is that she has a voice that some people will enjoy but others like me will think it grates a bit too much.

        Comment by ejones – April 16, 2012 03:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Which is also what some have said about Joshua.
          Soul songs are going to be the most difficult for Hollie, IMO.

          Comment by darcy's evil twin – April 17, 2012 08:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • They said the same thing about Haley. So much for that.

          Comment by Idolhead Ed – April 17, 2012 11:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • A lot of people loved Stevie Nicks in the past, so everyone has their own taste.

            Comment by whatever – April 17, 2012 10:49 PM PDT  
      • Absolutely! I can’t wait to see what she picks.

        Comment by MA – April 17, 2012 09:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Way to be creative, Nigel. (Not saying this shouln’t make for an interesting show, I just miss the days of “rock week” and “big band week” and “country week”. In my opinion, the contestants learn they can do things they never thought possible before, whether by stretching themselves or flipping a song to fit their style. (Not to mention a way to garner new fans for themselves).

    Comment by brandy – April 16, 2012 11:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I was thinking the same thing… Remember Kris Allen during Disco Week? besides, they JUST did songs from the current decade.

      Comment by LM – April 16, 2012 11:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yes, I do remember Kris and Disco week. That was a great example of making lemonade out of lemons lol

        Comment by karen – April 16, 2012 05:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • besides, they JUST did songs from the current decade.
        That’s the part that I thought was weird too.

        Comment by Katie – April 16, 2012 08:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • No, they did a song from the last 2 years—2010 – 2012. NOW it’s the current decade.

          Comment by Marsaili – April 16, 2012 08:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • um… 2010-2012 is the current decade. 2000-2009 was last decade.

            Comment by bwatt27 – April 16, 2012 08:59 PM PDT  
          • It’s the most recent complete decade plus two. :-)

            Comment by darcy's evil twin – April 17, 2012 08:34 AM PDT  
  • I would love to see these contestant expand their ability and have to actually sing a different song from different genre each week instead of the same melody with different words Like they had to do in Season 7

    Comment by rascalete – April 16, 2012 11:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. I think themes like “Big Band Week” and “Disco Week” force them to expand their horizons. Plus, we get to see how creative they are. Some have already referenced Kris Allen’s “She Works Hard for the Money”.

      Comment by darcy's evil twin – April 17, 2012 08:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I want to see Skylar do something from the mid-2000s by a male country artist like Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, or Rascal Flatts. Keep it in her style, but change it up, do something different. I would love to see Colton do Kings of Leon “Use Somebody.” It seems the most logical after looking at the number-one charts for alternative and rock songs. I have no clue what either of them are going to do for soul songs.

    Comment by Kayla – April 16, 2012 11:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think the Kings of Leon refused to release their material for Glee to use, so it seems likely that they’d say no to anyone using their material in the TV medium?

      Comment by Spider3tattoo – April 16, 2012 05:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yeah – because they are too good for TV, LOL. Simon would call that “self-indulgent”.

        Comment by darcy's evil twin – April 16, 2012 08:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • They let their music be used on The Voice, apparently that had more street cred than Glee

        Comment by Renda – April 17, 2012 10:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Oh dear. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad.

          Comment by darcy's evil twin – April 17, 2012 01:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This theme will fit each contestant well. I’d like to see Colton pull off a soul song, if he can. The rest of them will have no problem (looking forward to hearing Elise’s choice as she’s done full James Brown’s cover shows).

    Comment by Idol Fan – April 16, 2012 11:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh, yeah. There’s a video of Elise covering Pappa’s Gotta Brand New Bag on YouTube. And she’s awesome. She does that and she’ll have the “Then” part of the theme covered.

      Comment by Miscellaneopolan – April 16, 2012 07:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Wow, sounds great – I’ll have to check that out. Whatever she chooses, Elise has the potential to knock ‘em dead. I just hope she does.

        Comment by marie – April 17, 2012 12:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I liked her Al Green cover on you tube! Now a very recognizable song to all ages due to recent POTUS coverage.

          Comment by Bobbi – April 17, 2012 03:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wait… deja vu didn’t we JUST finish with songs from this decade 2011-2012 with the top seven. Granted a few more years have been added in but I can see it now. People complaining that there just weren’t any good songs in this decade. Or we will hear the same old same old. And OH MY GOSH what do you want to bet we will hear ANOTHER Beyonce and Celine Dion? When did Titanic come out? Do you think we will be treated to My Heart Will Go On (Read a LOT of sarcasm). Think the soul selections could make for some very good and interesting perfomances. And yes I kind of miss the theme weeks. I liked seeing the contestants perform outside their genre.

    Comment by idolmama – April 16, 2012 11:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • don’t worry. titanic was in 1998. and NOW. crap.

      Comment by noa – April 16, 2012 12:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • AI needs to increase their ratings and really stay relevant. Articles are appearing in major papers pitting the Voice with Ai and how younger viewers are heading to the Voice. As much as some here enjoyed the Big Band theme, that’s probably giving the Voice lots of ammo to promote how much more relevant they are.

      Comment by Bobbi – April 16, 2012 07:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Maybe that’s my problem with “The voice”. I’m too old, LOL. I just find it painful to watch most nights.

        Comment by darcy's evil twin – April 17, 2012 08:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I’m very glad Idol has decided to showcase a greater proportion of newer music – it’s what their contestants know and can relate to, after all. Unfortunately, The Voice is nowhere near as enjoyable this season as last, though; I’m really enjoying Idol this year and have given up on Voice for now.

        Comment by marie – April 17, 2012 12:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Elise

    Comment by Rob – April 16, 2012 12:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • well, all we hear is how much Phillip is like Dave Matthews. usually i would say that he shouldn’t cover and DMB songs because of that. but i don’t think anyone EVER sang a DMB song on Idol, and it could be a (i hate myself for this) “moment” for him. I LOVE big whiskey and the groogrux king, and there are a few songs that would be great for him. either “You and Me” or “Why I Am” could be good. plus- will see if he even comes close to being as good as Dave. I’m guessing no, but i want to make sure. i’m banking on Elise being great this time (the underdog drive should be back!), and changing Michael and Melinda’s minds about the best top 3 scenario.

    Comment by noa – April 16, 2012 12:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wow, with lots of people, even Iovine, mentioning the DMB and P2 connection, that would be really risky for him. On the other hand, it would be kinda deliciously in-your-face ballsy.

      Comment by TheBeach – April 16, 2012 03:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I’d love it—especially since his voice is really nothing like Dave Matthews, I’d like to see how he interprets the songs with his voice!

        Comment by Marsaili – April 16, 2012 08:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think everyone on the show should be forced to cover “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen twice or until our TV sets explode from an overdose of tween squee.

    Comment by Joe – April 16, 2012 12:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’d be both brilliant and awful at the same time!… I was utterly shocked when I found out that CRJ was 26 though. I assumed that she was about 15! :P

      Comment by Alan – April 16, 2012 01:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yikes, what a horror. Reminds me of when SYTYCD had every contestant dance to that song with this primal scream at the end. By the end of the show, I was the one doing the primal screaming!

      Comment by TheBeach – April 16, 2012 03:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That weird egg yolk think you’re sitting next to grosses me out. Get a different decoration for the coming weeks to sit next to. Thanks.

    Comment by YowzaPowza – April 16, 2012 12:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • What! No!! Egg Vase is one of the best decorations ever, dawg!!

      Comment by sara – April 16, 2012 02:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • LOVE LOVE LOVE Egg Vase, myself! Hey, Slezak, where can I buy one?

        Comment by marie – April 17, 2012 12:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Definitely want to see Joshua sing Try a Little Tenderness. Would that count as soul?

    Comment by J. May – April 16, 2012 01:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Interesting, Try a Little Tenderness was composed in 1932 and originally recorded with an orchestral backround. A number of soul singers have recorded it also; Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, Etta James, Aretha to name a few. So maybe AI would let it be considered a “soul” song. However, it has also been recorded by Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme and Jimmy Durante so it could be considered a song from the “great American Songbook” big band type genre.

      Comment by idolmama – April 16, 2012 01:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Never would have pegged TALT as a Big Band kind of song. Otis Redding’s version is the definitive one for me.

        Comment by J. May – April 16, 2012 03:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • No kidding – I also think of Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness”. I would love to hear Joshua sing any number of songs – “Love Man”, “Get Up Offa That Thing”, “Mustang Sally”, “Midnight Hour”, or anything by Sam Cooke EXCEPT “A Change is Gonna Come”.

          Comment by darcy's evil twin – April 16, 2012 08:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Ohh, Midnight Hour—I think Phillip should do that one, that would be perfect! I could easily see Joshua doing Mustang Sally or Try a Little Tenderness—oh my, what he could do with that song!

            Comment by Marsaili – April 16, 2012 08:30 PM PDT  
          • Now that you mention it I think P2 could also sing just about any of those songs as well, but “Midnight Hour” would be really great.

            Comment by darcy's evil twin – April 16, 2012 08:38 PM PDT  
          • how about “People Get Ready” for Josh?? that would be another amazing performance

            Comment by CMC – April 17, 2012 05:30 AM PDT  
          • People, Get Ready is definitely a good choice for Josh and oddly, possibly Colton.

            Comment by darcy's evil twin – April 17, 2012 08:37 AM PDT  
        • Well calling it a big band song was not a great description on my part. But what catagory would you put Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble and Mel Torme. I guess jazz vocals would be good. Anyhow listen to Frank’s version. It is totally different Otis Redding’s

          Comment by idolmama – April 17, 2012 10:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes! The first time I heard Joshua sing When a Man Loves a Woman, I thought it would amazing if he can do Try A Little Tenderness, one of my favs Otis tunes. It could be tricky to build up and fit into a 2min version… cos it’s all about the build-up, I think. And Elise should try Dusty, and P2… yep, Smooth has him written all over it. Where does it say the Then has to be soul?

      Comment by HairLikeATeddyBear – April 17, 2012 08:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bless their tiny little hearts, the producers are sticking with manipulation, even though it backfired on them last week.

    Comment by Realist – April 16, 2012 01:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Last week they gave the contestants two and a half minutes per song, time enough to develop the song properly. With 2 songs each this week that time is going to come down, probably too less than two minutes. That will be an advantage to some e.g. Skylar/P2 as the longer they sing the more boring they become, and a disadvantage to others like Elise.

      Comment by ejones – April 16, 2012 03:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If producers don’t manipulate they are not producers.

      Comment by Bobbi – April 16, 2012 07:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Would only be excited if DeAndre was still on the show. He was the best at R&B

    Comment by gailer – April 16, 2012 01:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I was looking through the list of Billboard No. 1 hits and was getting really disappointed about DeAndre not being around anymore. “Let me love you” by Mario, “My love” by Justin Timberlake, “U remind me” by Usher, etc etc… so many perfect songs for him.

      Comment by sara – April 16, 2012 02:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ah DeAndre…*sigh.* I miss him. Sometimes I cry…..

      Comment by ThemApples – April 16, 2012 05:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Way to get the scoop Michael! I like this theme plus the fact we’ll get 2 songs from each of them. BTW, I’m loving you and Melinda on Idology.

    Comment by ck – April 16, 2012 01:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yep, I’m very happy that we’ve gotten to the 2 songs per contestant point in the show.

      Comment by TheBeach – April 16, 2012 03:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m thinking “Smooth” from Santana or “Seven Nation Army” from White Stripes for P2.

    For the “then, soul” part, Skylar should pull out some country soul, like wynona from the 90s.

    Comment by country soul – April 16, 2012 01:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • “Smooth” would really fit P2 like a glove. Good choice.

      Comment by TheBeach – April 16, 2012 03:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Is “Smooth” from the late 90s?

        Comment by darcy's evil twin – April 16, 2012 08:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • It’s from 1999. I would love to hear Phillip do that song!

          Comment by Marsaili – April 16, 2012 08:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wow!! Smooth is a great idea. Anything rob Thomas sings would be good for him.

      Comment by Noa – April 16, 2012 09:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Smooth is one of my all time favorite songs!! You are right it would be great to see P2 give it a try.

      Comment by idolmama – April 17, 2012 10:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think choosing no. 1 songs will at least force the contestants to choose actual hits and not pick obscure songs that could be detrimental to strong contestants. The Bottom 3 last week did pick unfamiliar songs from established artists like Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga but just the same, we actually don’t know the songs. Now, bloggers cannot anymore say that contestants picked boring songs since these are actual hits. Hehe.

    Overall, I think all contestants will do well especially picking a billboard no. 1 hit. Hollie could surprise us by choosing Avril Lavigne or Katy Perry. Jessica should do something from Leona Lewis, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige. Elise could sing something from Amy Winehouse. Skylar might as well choose something from Martina McBride, Colton could do Lifehouse, Joshua could sing something from John Legend, and P2 could do something from Usher.

    I was wondering if any contestant would actually pick no. 1 songs such as Carrie’s Inside Your Heaven, Kelly’s A Moment Like This, Taylor’s Do I Make You Proud and Fantasia’s I Believe… Haha…

    Comment by Sowsyalite (@Sowsyalite) – April 16, 2012 01:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Elise. Amy Winehouse. Yes.

      Comment by ck – April 16, 2012 03:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • *like*

        Comment by country soul – April 16, 2012 06:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Elise singing a Winehouse song is perfect.

          Comment by Bobbi – April 16, 2012 07:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Elise did a concert with her band where they played the Back To Black album in its entirety. so that would be amazing.

            Comment by noa – April 17, 2012 01:23 AM PDT  
      • Good God yes. It’s high time someone whips out some Amy on the show. Elise would do a great job on Back to Black or You Know I’m No Good. Come to think of it, Jessica would probably kill Me and Mr. Jones, and maybe Joshua could take on Love is a Losing Game.
        .
        I just want an Amy Winehouse week.

        Comment by Miscellaneopolan – April 16, 2012 07:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

        Comment by marie – April 17, 2012 12:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Wheelhouse week for Elise! WOOT!!!!

          Comment by Idol Fan – April 17, 2012 12:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • WINEHOUSE WEEK!!!

            Comment by Bobbi – April 17, 2012 03:48 PM PDT  
      • AMEN!!! Anything of the most well-known songs the Back to Black album. I want Elise to make it far!

        Comment by J – April 17, 2012 03:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • For “then” I would LOVE to hear Skylar do “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones. It’s not a “soul” song but oh well.

    Comment by Karrah – April 16, 2012 02:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • But most of that song is talking.

      Comment by TheBeach – April 16, 2012 03:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I would like Skylar to cover No one Else On Earth by Wynonna Judd.

      Comment by jen – April 16, 2012 06:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • this. hopefully wynonna counts as “country soul”.

        Comment by country soul – April 16, 2012 06:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m good with this. I like fairly open themes. And this was Haley’s best week last year.

    Comment by Pat – April 16, 2012 03:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Please tell I’m not the only one that NEEDS to hear Elise sing some Amy Winehouse….

    Comment by Sam M – April 16, 2012 03:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You are not the only one.

      Comment by MA – April 17, 2012 09:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Could be fun—-I like when they can cover newer songs…. I really hope Jessica picks songs where she can really connect with us…I don’t want her to leave!

    Comment by paisley – April 16, 2012 03:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would LOVE to hear Colton do “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol. I think it’s perfect for his voice.

    Comment by C – April 16, 2012 03:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’d like for Joshua to do “Hey Soul Sister” [Train] for his now song. And James Ingram’s “Find 100 Ways” for his then song. Or James Brown’s “Get Up Offa That Thing”.

    Comment by Templar – April 16, 2012 06:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Actually like that idea of that Train song for Joshua.

      Comment by Bobbi – April 16, 2012 07:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Here’s my list for the newer songs:
    Colton- Hey Ya! (Outkast, but the Obadiah Parker version)
    Elise- Lady Marmalade (Christina Aguilera version)
    Hollie- Take a Bow (Rihanna)
    Jessica- My Boo (Usher/Alicia Keys)
    Joshua- Irreplaceable (Beyonce)
    Phillip- Smooth (Santana ft. Rob Thomas)
    Skylar- How You Remind Me (Nickelback) — weird suggestion but I think it could work!

    Comment by Lo – April 16, 2012 06:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Your list is cool… how i’d loved that.

      Comment by pau – April 18, 2012 02:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jessica will totally kill her song this week… (actually she kill the song every week).. i thought she’s not in the competition when she sing (a guest star in the show)

    Comment by Neo – April 16, 2012 07:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Music by Hall and Oates could also be considered “Soul”. Some of their music is wonderful.

    Comment by darcy's evil twin – April 16, 2012 08:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Idol Chatter said it best “Colton Dixon sings like Kris Allen, but performs like Adam Lambert”

    That is why I like Coltin, he knows how to bring emotional connection to the song he is singing, while giving us performance, fashion and drama.

    Comment by Lala3 – April 16, 2012 09:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Colton?? Fashion?? I look at him and think Howard Jones circa 1985…and I’d hardly call him dramatic. what Colton cool-aid is everyone drinking? He’s so meh compared to the likes of Joshua and Elise

      Comment by Cip – April 18, 2012 05:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Colton is great but not as good as Adam. Adam’s voice is spectacular.

      Comment by bebe – April 18, 2012 07:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Colton – Sexy and I know it
    Elise – Sex on fire (Kings of Leon)
    Hollie – My hump, my hump, my hump.
    Jessica – On the floor (Ya, suck it, J-Ho!)
    Joshua- Single ladies (Beyonce, with the video’s look & moves!)
    Phillip – Toxic (Brit Brit)
    Skylar – I kissed a girl. Nuff said.

    Comment by odahughmareneedy. – April 16, 2012 09:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • So I’m sure that most of these choices are sarcastic, but I think a few of them are a really good fit. I think Phillip would do a great job on Toxic, and if it were at all appropriate Skylar would probably kill I Kissed a Girl.
      .
      I crack up involuntarily whenever I picture Hollie singing My Humps, so thanks for that.

      Comment by Miscellaneopolan – April 17, 2012 03:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Attention all Idol Contestants:

    See that “Ain’t No Sunshine” looking there all soulful and tempting on the cleared songs list. Stay AWAY from that song.

    Comment by kcostell – April 16, 2012 11:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • LOL. I agree.
      “STEP AWAY FROM THE SONG”.

      Comment by darcy's evil twin – April 17, 2012 08:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Aw, really? I love this song and have been wishing for Elise to do it since the beginning. Just her and guitar on a dark stage? Maybe some strings come in later. That could be awesome.

      Comment by MA – April 17, 2012 09:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Awesome indeed, but I fear it might not be enough to keep her around.

        Comment by darcy's evil twin – April 17, 2012 09:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Mmmm…yeah, maybe not. She may need two big songs this week, huh? Maybe some James Brown and Amy WInehouse like people are saying above? Those would probably be her best shots. But I saw a youtube video of her playing a blues song (I think she wrote it) at a singer/songwriter showcase. It’s just her and a guitar. Holy smokes. It’s fantastic, and much as I love pretty much everything she’s done on this show, I think it’s better than any of her Idol performances. But it’s totally stripped down and not flashy at all, so you may have a point there.

          Comment by MA – April 17, 2012 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think it’d be awesome if Jessica sang Try A Little Tenderness and Skylar did Travellin Band by CCR.

    Comment by Alex – April 17, 2012 05:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • In what universe is Travelin’ Band soul?

      Comment by Templar – April 17, 2012 08:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Here are some of my soul picks – and NO ONE should sing “My Girl”. thank you Mr. Slezak!

    Elise – Tracy Nelson’s “Down So Low” (most popular cover was Linda Ronstadt’s)
    Joshua – James Brown’s “Get Up Offa That Thing”.
    Jessica – “I Need Your Lovin’” by Teena Marie
    P2 – Wilson Pickett’s “Midnight Hour” or Otis Redding’s “Love Man”
    Hollie – Beyonce’s “To the Left”
    Colton – Hall and Oates’ “She’s Gone”.
    Skylar – Aretha Franklin’s “Freeway of Love”.

    Comment by darcy's evil twin – April 17, 2012 09:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And, to TPTB at “Idol” – resist the temptation to bring in the gospel choir on “Down So Low” at all costs.

      Comment by darcy's evil twin – April 17, 2012 09:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And Elise – stay at the piano. Do NOT stand up and let them bring in the gospel choir!

      Comment by darcy's evil twin – April 17, 2012 09:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • She needs to break out the guitar. Elise is fantastic on guitar! Piano is really pretty, but it’s subdued, though I agree wholeheartedly with the “forget the gospel choir” sentiment. Good lord.

        Comment by MA – April 17, 2012 09:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • The song was originally performed with piano but hey, guitar would be different and interesting!
          I like it! and maybe it would keep the gospel choir at bay.

          Comment by darcy's evil twin – April 17, 2012 10:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I spent my teen years in the 70′s and listened to Hall and Oates. I do not believe their music would qualify as soul.. Their music was a fusion of rock and roll with R&B. They called it rock and soul. When I hear a catagory is soul music I immediately think of the great Motown hits not soft rock from Hall and Oates. If they include Hall and Oates then why not the Righteous Brothers who called their music Blue Eyed Soul.

      Comment by idolmama – April 17, 2012 10:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Hall and Oates played The Apollo Theatre. ‘Nuff said.
        Like The Righteous Brothers they are “blue eyed soul” and even covered “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” if my memory serves me correctly.
        And if you’ve never heard Darryl Hall sing “Me and Mrs. Jones”…oh, my. You are missing something. That would be a good song for Joshua!
        My argument has always been “soul” is not defined by the race of the singer. It’s the song and the feeling. Like porn – can’t describe it but I know it when I hear it.
        I don’t really think Beyonce’s “To the Left” is “soul”. I’d call it “pop” but still picked it for Holly.

        Comment by darcy's evil twin – April 17, 2012 11:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • You are right. The more I thought about it, I realized it is the style of music not the singer. I stand corrected. Never heard D&H do Me & Mrs. Jones. Will go listen to it now.

          Comment by idolmama – April 17, 2012 12:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think this is a great theme. It’s broad enough to let everyone choose something good. That said, Elise is bound to kill this (yikes…scary famous last words). If “soul” doesn’t play to her strengths, I don’t know what does. Joshua and Skylar will be pretty fun too, I bet.

    Comment by MA – April 17, 2012 09:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The final 3 should at the very least contain Elise and Phillip

    Comment by Karen – April 17, 2012 09:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • PER BILLBOARDS’ RECORDS, THE SONGS BELOW ARE THE TOP 1

    BILLBOARD’S TOP NO. 1 HITS

    1. Breathe – Breathe, Faith Hill 2000
    1. Hanging By a Moment, Lifehouse 2001
    1. How You Remind Me, Nickelback 2002
    1. Crazy In Love, Beyoncé Knowles featuring Jay-Z 2003
    1. The Reason, Hoobastank 2004
    1. We Belong Together, Mariah Carey 2005
    1. Bad Day, Daniel Powter 2006
    1. Irreplaceable, Beyonce 2007
    1. Low, Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain 2008
    1. Boom Boom Pow, The Black Eyed Peas 2009
    1. Tik Tok, Ke$ha 2010
    1. Rolling in the Deep, Adele 2011

    JESSICA SANCHEZ CAN CHOOSE BEYONCE’S SONGS AGAIN

    Comment by Edna Z. – April 17, 2012 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m very enthusiastic about this week’s theme. Two songs per contestant: great! Unfortunately, I guess that means no time for those terrific duets, though.

    Comment by marie – April 17, 2012 12:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • love it. not on the Jessica bandwagon. power singers not my favorite. I love Elise.

    Comment by marygrace – April 17, 2012 01:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Those of us who like Elise need to vote for her. She, in my opinion, is the one who needs
    more votes to survive. Jessica will probably get more votes this week, just because the judges made such a fuss over her with the lowest vote last week. With the save gone anyone could wind up in the bottom this week or next week.

    Comment by Ray – April 17, 2012 02:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Jessica will get more votes but not because of the judges. They did the opposite. Jessica will get more votes because her lazy fans got a wake up call.

      Comment by Bobbi – April 17, 2012 03:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would love to hear Joshua do a Robert Cray song for his “oldie.” I have been thinking all season that he would be perfect for Cray, and this seems like a great week for it. “I Wonder” would qualify as a soul song, wouldn’t it?

    Comment by Bob L. – April 17, 2012 06:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wishing Jessica the best on her performance after hearing what happened tonight. Kinda explains why she may have seemed distant or not bubbly enough for the cameras to some. May also shed a light on her song choices. Condolences girl.

    Comment by Layla – April 17, 2012 11:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fair compromise. I read an article somewhere that the average age of American Idol viewers (not voters, entirely different thing) is 48 (pretty old yup?). So obviously, they need to go after the younger people while not losing the older folks. So , presto … a show that caters to both.

    Comment by Jojo A – April 18, 2012 03:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wishlist for the oldies portion

    Colton – Across the universe
    Elise – First time ever I saw your face
    Hollie – One Day I’ll Fly Away.
    Jessica – Purple Rain
    Joshua – Try a little tenderness
    Phillip – In the ghetto
    Skylar – I can’t make you love me .

    Comment by odahughmareneedy – April 18, 2012 04:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think a great song choice for Josh for the newer songs is “Crazy” by Gnarles Barkley or “Amazing” by One Eskimo. “People Get Ready” is a great older one for him but not sure if it’s considered “soul” or “R&B”. I’m just hoping no matter what he does, he kills it since he clearly didn’t deserve to be in the bottom 3 last week

    Comment by TC – April 18, 2012 05:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Purely based on what he’s wearing, Joshua is probably going to do a James Brown number!! Can’t wait!

    Comment by HairLikeATeddyBear – April 18, 2012 03:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh god – the THEN list looks amazing! Sam Cooke (Joshua!) , Dusty (Elise), Otis (Oh Joshua again! hahahaha) , Marvin!! Can Joshua just do it all!?

    Comment by HairLikeATeddyBear – April 18, 2012 06:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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