American Idol: What Should the Top 8 Sing for (Yet Another Installment of) Motown Week?

American-Idol-Top-8-Season-12The American Idol Season 12 Top 8 will be faced with a tricky theme this Wednesday (8/7c on Fox): Detroit: The Music of Motor City.

Yep, it’s essentially another way of saying Motown Week, and as such, I’m gritting my teeth bracing for an onslaught of songs we’ve already heard one too many times in prior Idol seasons — “(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” and “Let’s Get It On” to name a few.

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Still, hope springs eternal, which is why I’ve taken the time to brainstorm some fresher song ideas for the current crop of contestants. Check out my picks below, then hit the comments with your own selections!

Candice Glover: The Commodores’ “Brick House” (I’m not even sure I could handle this) or The Spinners’ “It’s a Shame” or Bonnie Pointer’s “Heaven Must Have Sent You” (might take her in an appealingly Adele/Winehouse direction)

Kree Harrison: Smokey Robinson’s “Cruisin‘” or Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” or The Undisputed Truth’s “Smiling Faces Sometimes” (ooh, she could get bluesy on that last jam)

Amber Holcomb: Teena Marie’s “Square Biz” (this ditty is L-to-the-EGENDA-to-the-RY!) or Mary Jane Girls’ “In My House” (because it’s time to go uptempo)

Janelle Arthur: The Marvelette’s “The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game” or The Miracles’ “Shop Around” (not hard to envision with a touch of twang and country instrumentation)

Angie Miller: Diana Ross’ “My Old Piano” (she could give it a less disco, more singer-songwriter vibe) or Edwin Starr’s “War” (seriously, Angie railing on the piano for this one might sound controversial, but could be absolutely incredible — SAY IT AGAIN!)

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Lazaro Arbos: Diana Ross’ “Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)” or Dennis Edwards and Siedah Garrett’s “Don’t Look Any Further

Burnell Taylor: The Temptations’ “Psychedelic Shack” or Dazz Band’s “Let It Whip” (time for Burnell to show he can handle a little tempo with that gorgeously gritty tone of his already!)

Devin Velez: David Ruffin’s “My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)” or Brenda Holloway’s “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy

Your turn. Help the Top 8 with their Motown Week song picks. They can thank you during their Seacrest interviews on Wednesday! And for all my Idol news, commentary, videos and interviews, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!