American Idol‘s Top 3 will be officially out of control when they take the stage for next Wednesday’s milestone 500th episode (8/7c on Fox). And that’s because their song choices will be entirely in other people’s hands.
TVLine has learned exclusively that whichever trio emerges from tonight’s Top 4 results telecast — either Caleb, Jessica, Alex or Jena will fall short of a hometown visit — can look forward to the following three-pronged challenge (which differs slightly from previous seasons).
Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. choose songs — AKA “tunes” — for the Top 3 (please,
Lord J.Lo, no “I Luh Ya Papi” or “Louboutins,” OK?)
“Mentor” Randy Jackson doles out assignments to his charges (I’m on the record as vetoing “I Believe in You and Me,” OK, Dawg?)
According to a Fox source, “each contestant’s hometown has also picked one encore from all the songs the Idol has performed this season.” (I officially nominate “Blue Eyed Lie” for Jessica, “Fairytale” for Alex, “Unbreakable Me” for Jena and “Skyfall” for Caleb! Also: Is it too late for me to move to Slapout, AL?)
What do you think of Idol’s Top 3 Week plan? Bummed about the presence of encores? Worried about WWRD (What Will Randy Do)? And which judge would you pair with which contestant? Sound off below!