American Idol‘s Season 11 Top 12 are set to cover the frequently traversed theme of “Songs From the Year You Were Born” tonight. (Way to cook up new and exciting ideas, Uncle Nigel)! I’m already saying a novena that Jessica Sanchez won’t get stuck in the Thia Megia ghetto (aka singing “Colors Of The Wind”) and that Joshua Ledet won’t be offering up Idol‘s eighth rendition of “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” in 11 seasons. (But, alas, hearing one of those ballads is almost as likely as Jermaine Jones performing nothing at all; read all about that scandalé here!)
Nevertheless, using the contestants’ birthdays and Billboard’s lists of Top 100 songs from the corresponding calendar years, here are my suggestions for a dream set list. (Yes, yes, I showed incredible restraint in not pairing Shannon Magrane with Ini Kamoze’s “Here Comes The Hotstepper.”) Check out my picks, then hit the comments with your own suggestions!
Shannon Magrane: October 21, 1995
Monica’s “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)” or Dionne Farris’ “I Know”
Deandre Brackensick: October 21, 1994
Aaliyah’s “Back and Forth” or Zhane’s “Groove Thang“
Hollie Cavanagh: July 5, 1993
Boy Krazy’s “That’s What Love Can Do” or Madonna’s “Deeper And Deeper”