American Idol: What Should the Top 9 Sing for 'I'm With the Band!' Week?

MB2_5476American Idol is headed to band camp!

OK, not really. But (as first reported by TVLine), when the Season 13 Top 9 take the stage next Wednesday (8/7c on Fox) they’ll be serving as lead singers for musical director Rickey Minor and his posse under a theme titled “I’m With the (Band)!”

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Obviously, that musical umbrella is a pretty broad one, but we’re sincerely hoping the remaining vocalists will look for “tunes” (as HCJ likes to say) that meet the following critera:

1. Haven’t been done to death/done brilliantly on Idol
2. Might surprise a large portion of the viewing audience
3. Give an opportunity to really interact with the band, dig deep vocally and have a “moment moment” (as Mariah Carey liked to say)

With that in mind, here’s my dream Top 9 set list:

Jena Irene: Gin Wigmore’s “Oh My” or Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Maps” or Til’ Tuesday’s “Voices Carry

Jessica Meuse: Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” or or Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” or Guns ‘N Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle

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Majesty Rose: Erykah Badu’s “Tyrone” or American Authors’ “Best Day of My Life” or Danielia Cotton’s “Make U Move

Malaya Watson: Candi Staton’s “I’m Just a Prisoner (of Your Good Lovin’)” or Cyndi Lauper’s “Money Changes Everything” or a rocked-out twist on Loleatta Holloway’s “Love Sensation

Alex Preston: Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River” or an acoustic jam session on Jody Watley’s “Looking for a New Love” or Wyclef and Mary J. Blige’s “911

Caleb Johnson: The Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy” or The Doors’ “Break on Through” or Eurythmics’ “Missionary Man

C.J. Harris: A countrified twist on Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day” or Bo Bice’s “Witness” or Jewel’s “Who Will Save Your Soul?

Dexter Roberts: Elvis Presley’s “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” or Juice Newton’s “Break It to Me Gently” or Hayden Panettiere’s “Don’t Put Dirt on My Grave Just Yet” (from Nashville)

Sam Woolf: Mika’s “Grace Kelly” or EMF’s “Unbelievable” or B-52s’ “Deadbeat Club

OK, your turn. What’s your dream set list for “I’m With the Band!” Week? Sound off in the comments!

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