American Idol Brainstorm: What Should the Top 5 Sing for 'Now and Then' Week?

American Idol is introducing a new and intriguing theme on Wednesday: “Now & Then” Night will find the Season 10 Top 5 tackling two numbers apiece, “one current song and one from the 1960s,” according to a press release from Fox. I’m stoked that the producers are planning to pack 10 individual performances into the 90-minute telecast, and I’m not at all minding a mix of classic and modern, either. Check out my dream set list below, then brainstorm some ideas of your own in the comments. And for all my Idol news and commentary, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

Slezak’s Dream Set List for “Now and Then” Night

Haley Reinhart:
Now: Mumford and Sons’ “The Cave” or La Roux’s “I’m Not Your Toy” (stripped down to its bare bones — maybe just Haley + piano?)
Then: The Mamas and the Papas’ “Words of Love” or “Dream a Little Dream of Me” (could give Haley a true Idol Moment, especially with a jazz combo backing her, similar to Ella Fitzgerald’s version) or the Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing

Scotty McCreery:
Now: The Band Perry’s “You Lie
Then: Brenda Lee’s “Break It to Me Gently” or Roy Orbison’s “Dream Baby

Jacob Lusk:
Now: Fantasia’s “Bittersweet
Then: Spencer Davis Group’s “Gimme Some Lovin’” or Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billy Joe

Lauren Alaina:
Now: Uncle Cracker’s “Smile
Then: Cher’s “Bang Bang” or Vikki Carr’s “It Must Be Him” or the Crystals “Then He Kissed Me” (put a country twist on any of these camp classics, and Lauren might get a performance worthy of her early hype)

James Durbin:
Now: Pink’s “Raise Your Glass
Then: The Kinks’ “All Day and All Of The Night” or Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Summer in the City

Okay, your turn. Head to the comments and offer your dream set list for this week’s Idol performance show!

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