It’ll be a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n roll — but without any Donnie and Marie ridiculata — when American Idol‘s Top 6 hit the stage and tackle two songs apiece on Wednesday night (8/7c on Fox).
But what will Jena, Jessica, Alex, Caleb, C.J. and Sam tackle for their dual-themed evening of music? TVLine’s got the exclusive scoop!
The final set list is as follows:
Country: Carrie Underwood’s “So Small” (previously covered by Matt Giraud)
Rock: Heart’s “Barracuda” (never performed on Idol)
Country: Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind” (previously covered by Fantasia Barrino, Anoop Desai and Scotty McCreery)
Rock: Neon Trees’ “Animal” (never performed on Idol)
Country: Carrie Underwood’s “Undo It” (never performed on Idol)
Rock: The Black Crowes’ “Sting Me” (never performed on Idol)
Country: Zac Brown Band’s “Whatever It Is” (never performed on Idol)
Rock: The Guess Who’s “American Woman” (previously covered by Tyler Grady)
Country: Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” (previously covered by Brooke White and Alexis Grace)
Rock: Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love” (never performed on Idol)
Country: Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One” (previously covered by Lee DeWyze)
Rock: Imagine Dragons’ “It’s Time” (never performed on Idol)
My Snap Judgment: The good news is that 7 of the night’s 12 songs have never been tackled during Idol‘s live voting rounds, so let’s tip our imaginary hats, yes? On the other hand, with the exception of Sam’s wacky Shania Twain pick (¡!), I have a sinking feeling I already know exactly how these performances will sound and look. I mean, haven’t these kids read their Idol Handbooks and realized that Adam Lambert’s “Ring of Fire” or Kris Allen’s “Heartless” or Candice Glover’s “Lovesong” or Blake Lewis’ “You Give Love a Bad Name” — picks that, on paper, you’d never, ever anticipate — are they keys to an exciting Idol trajectory?
That said, I’m pretty stoked to hear Caleb “Undo It,” and Jessica’s “Somebody to Love” could be amazing — if she uses last week’s cantankerous judges’ feedback to fuel her competitive fire.
C.J.’s “American Woman,” meanwhile, represents a definite departure in terms of tempo and intensity, but is he really capable of rocking out? Likewise, Sam’s choices may expose his limitations as an artist.
And while, personally, I’d have liked to see Alex and Jena use their front-runner banners as an excuse to take bigger, crazier risks, none of their song selections appear to put them at risk of imminent danger. Then again, arrangement, staging and conviction will be the true tests.
What do you think of the Top 6′s song selections? Who’s most likely to succeed? Whose choice puts ’em most at risk going into the night? Sound off in the comments!