It's not just American Idol
and the Top 10 guys who are scrambling to prepare for tonight's performance show. When news broke this afternoon that the guys would be performing tonight and not the ladies
, I was in the midst of prepping tomorrow's best and worst song choice slideshow for the fellas. So, just like American Idol
, I'm switching up my plans. For today only, I'm doing an abridged "best song choices" post for the fellas. Next week, we'll return to our regularly scheduled programming, both on Idol
and here on BuddyTV.
Until then, what do you think of my choices for the Top 10 guys? And which songs would you like to hear them perform tonight?
Aaron Kelly"One Boy, One Girl"- Collin Raye
Aaron Kelly knows his niche and I think he should continue courting the country crowd like a love-sick teenager. For his second date with America, I recommend that Aaron go with this tear-jerker of a love song. Its big swooning chorus will have America not only reaching for the tissues, but the telephone.
"Walking in Memphis" by Marc Cohen
Whatever Alex Lambert sings, hopefully he stops staring at the camera
in a way that gives me the willies. In spite of all its awkwardness,
Alex's performance last week showed vocal promise and his voice is
perfectly matched to Marc Cohen's. Maybe too perfectly matched if
you're familiar with Marc Cohen, but I'd venture to guess that most Idol
watchers aren't. This song should be the
equivalent of a soft ball for Alex, it's in his range and tone, and if
he can't knock it out of the park--he'll be striking out as long as
he lasts on Idol
. Andrew Garcia"Against All Odds" by Postal Service (Phil Collins Cover)
Andrew Garcia doesn't need to rearrange this song, because the Postal Service already did it. Andrew should cover their more electronic influenced version, drop the acoustic guitar and let America focus on his vocals. While they've gotten lost in the cleverness of Andrew's arrangements, they're none-the-less what really make Andrew a contender. His vocals are at once smooth and raspy, and they convey emotion beautifully.
Big Mike Lynche
"Jealous Guy" by Donny Hathaway (John Lennon cover)
It's time for Big Mike Lynche to take a couple BIG steps away from his
Mayer and Mraz comfort zone and ukulele-sized guitar. So far, we've
only seen Big Mike do contemporary acoustic soul songs and he needs to
shake things up. A perfect place to start would be Donny Hathaway's
powerful soul take on John Lennon's "Jealous Guy." It's better than the original and would prove once and for all if Big Mike can actually sing.
Casey James"Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash
Don't hurt me Adam Lambert lovers! I know the Glam God covered this Johnny Cash classic last season, but it's time for "Ring of Fire" to get a proper country outlaw rendition and Casey James is just the man for the job. Considering Casey's been making his living playing bars in Texas for the past 10 years, I imagine he could perform a rockin' version of this tune in his sleep and still wow the Idol
"Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" by Aretha Franklin
I sincerely hope Jermaine Sellers takes my "Dear Abbey" advice
covers this tune. If done correctly, it will show off the beautiful low
and mid-range tone that Jermaine has, without relying on all the
annoying vocal tricks and ear-piercing runs that Jermaine seems to be
addicted to. Take a mellower, less showy approach this week and watch
your popularity soar Jermaine. John Park
"Love Lockdown" by Kanye West
John Park needs to sing a current song and STAT to erase the
snooze-fest he put us through last week. Without the abundant auto-tone
of the original and a slight swingin' '70s feel, this song will play to
John's strengths: his deep soulful tone and musicality.
Lee Dewyze"Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon
Last week I said that Casey James should cover "Use Somebody" but after seeing Lee perform, I think it's more suited to his gravelly vocal charms. Randy encouraged Lee to embrace his inner rock star and growling "Use Somebody" would definitely do the trick.
"I'll Be" by Edwin McCain
I was tempted to say "not singing" as Tim Urban's best option, but
that seemed unduly cruel. Instead, I chose a song without all those
pesky high notes that gave him so much trouble, but still hits what I think Tim was trying go for on
week one. "I'll Be" is a soft rocking ballad, that will have the tween (and
cougar) vote imagining Tim is singing it just for them.
"If I Ever Fall In Love" Shai
It's time for Todrick to remind America he can actually sing. No rewrites. No original songs about American Idol
. Tonight Todrick should take this sweet R&B love song, croon the hell out of it and watch the ladies dial-in in droves.