The “American Idol” contestants are being saddled with the songs of Ol’ Blue Eyes for this coming week. What should they sing?
This is probably the hardest week for song choice so far. Shania Twain may be limited but at least her songs were written in the last 15 years.
Don’t get us wrong — love Sinatra. But his songs are from the 40s and 50s and are classics, so the Idols are stuck in a catch-22 of “make it your own, make it current” and “don’t mess with an original.” It’s a very hard line to walk and the judges are really harping on it this season. But here are our choices for the Idols:
Crystal Bowersox, “One for My Baby”
Raise your hand if you vote for “Idol” and remember Bette Midler singing this to Johnny Carson. That’s what we thought. Regardless, Crystal should glam it up even more than on Inspirational Songs week and have a really beautiful moment. Nothing but her on a stool and a piano. Could be best Idol performance yet. Also, she needs to bounce back from Shania Twain week.
Aaron Kelly, “Someone to Watch Over Me”
We aren’t entirely sure Aaron can keep up with the range of this song, but if he can, we think he would sing it very well. It’s a very young, innocent piece and you just know his fanbase will melt on “I’m a little lamb who’s lost in the wood.” It won’t sound current at all, but Aaron doesn’t really do that any week and the judges give him a pass, probably because it feels like you’re punching a puppy to criticize him. Even Simon can’t do it, have you noticed that? So this is our call for Aaron.
Michael Lynche, “Love Is Here to Stay”
As Vote for the Worst points out, Michael does the same thing every week, which is make any song he chooses sound like an R&B slow jam. This week will not be different because Frank Sinatra is like the original R&B slow jam guy. So all the advice we have for Big Mike is to choose a song that people don’t know as well so that it might actually sound original.
Casey James: “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”
Color us crazy but we can kind of hear this as a country-esque jam. Casey should play his guitar, but not too crazy or up-tempo, and give it a country vibe. He might actually do the best job of making something original and current without crapping on the original.
Lee Dewyze, “My Funny Valentine”
Yes, we know this was like Constantine Maroulis’ “moment.” That was a long time ago. This is an incredibly hard song but beautiful and we think Lee’s raspy, contemporary voice might do very well on it. He’s been kind of over-shadowed by Casey’s sexiness, but Lee needs to man up and realize that he’s cute and female voters like him that way. Big Mike is a teddy bear, Aaron Kelly is a baby, but Casey and Lee are IILFs. Own it, Lee.
In case you’d like to see the whole song list, here it is:
All or Nothing at All
All the Way
As Time Goes By
Come Dance With Me
Come Fly With Me
Come Rain or Come Shine
Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
I Get a Kick Out of You
I Love Paris
I Only Have Eyes for You
I’ve Got a Crush on You
I’ve Got the World on a String
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
In the Still of the Night
In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
It Had to Be You
It Was a Very Good Year
Just One of Those Things
Love and Marriage
Love Is Here to Stay
Love Walked In
My Funny Valentine
My Kind of Town
New York, New York
Night and Day
One for My Baby
Pennies From Heaven
Put Your Dreams Away
Someone to Watch Over Me
Strangers In the Night
Street of Dreams
The Best Is Yet to Come
The Good Life
The Lady Is a Tramp
The Way You Look Tonight
They Can’t Take That Away /from Me
What Is This Thing Called Love
You Do Something to Me
You Make Me Feel So Young
You’re Getting to Be a Habit With Me
Young at Heart
What do you think guys? Agree with our picks?
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