Which anthems made the cut with Jena, Jessica, Alex and Caleb? TVLine has the exclusive details!
Coldplay’s “Yellow” (never covered on Idol)
Alex Clare’s “Too Close” (never covered on Idol)
Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (previously covered by Tim Urban and Katharine McPhee)
Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker” (previously covered by Jordin Sparks and Nikki McKibbin)
Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” (previously done by Crystal Bowersox and James Durbin)
Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love A Bad Name” (previously done by Burnell Taylor and — in epic fashion — by Blake Lewis)
[UPDATE: New Zealand iTunes has a preview of Caleb’s cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Travelin’ Band,” which obviously doesn’t fit the week’s theme. I’ve reached out to Fox publicity to find out about this discrepancy, but my best guess is this: Whoever makes the Top 3 will immediately be headed back to hometown visits (and won’t be in L.A. to hit the recording studio). Therefore, it would make sense for all the Idols to pre-record a Top 3 Week track prior to Thursday’s results show. In other words, if Caleb makes the Top 3, expect to hear “Travelin’ Band” on his set list.]
Lady Gaga’s “You and I” (previously done by Elise Testone and — in epic fashion — by Haley Reinhart)
Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” (previously done by Todrick Hall)
SNAP JUDGMENT: I’m worried about Jessica Meuse. Tackling Kelly Clarkson on Idol is about as safe as swimming with sharks while sporting a gaping leg wound. “You and I,” despite being done twice in recent seasons, seems like the stronger chance for a “moment.” Still, not the best job of avoiding song traps, sister!
The other contestant whose choices could be disastrous is Caleb Johnson. Blake Lewis’ “You Give Love a Bad Name” was one of the greatest Idol moments of all time, and it’s hard to imagine Caleb doing anything nearly as inventive with the 1986 rock anthem. “Maybe I’m Amazed” gives the Season 12 rocker a double-dose of ditties that are older than him — and could call to mind a fellow rocker who landed in fourth place (James Durbin).
Alex wins the prize this week for choosing two tunes never covered during the live rounds — and although “Too Close” was too ubiquitous during Hollywood Week this year, it gives him one more opportunity to pull off something aggressive and uptempo. “Yellow,” meanwhile, is right in his wheelhouse — although you have to wonder if it’s too much so. (I really hoped we’d see Alex take one swing at reinventing a pop or EDM track in his signature troubador style. Opportunity missed. Sigh.)
Jena, like Caleb, has nothing current in her set list — but wisely, her picks represent wildly different tones, moods, and tempos. “Heartbreaker” might be a little too similar to her Top 6 week “Barracuda,” but it’s an uptempo jam that still has vocal range. Of her two choices, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” might be the better shot at a true moment-moment.
What do you think of the Top 4′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!