'American Idol' Top 12 Song Suggestions for 'The Year You Were Born' Week
'American Idol' Top 12 Song Suggestions for 'The Year You Were Born' Week
This week, the Top 12 will sing songs from the year they were born. This week is also known as the "you are old/crotchety" week, as we realize that the majority of the contestants were born in the 1990's. The 90's! If Stephanie Tanner had a dance to a song from the year you were born, you are young as hell. If you grew up with Stephanie Tanner, you are old as hell. That is how this week works. This is also the week the contestants take chances with songs they were too young to appreciate when they were at the peak of their popularity, so hopefully they have heard of some of these people.

So, without further ado, here is what I would like to hear the Top 12 sing, and occasionally what I think they will actually sing. And now, a journey through the late 80's and early 90's:

Elise Testone, 1983
"I'm Still Standing" by Elton John
Hmm, what song will say, "I hate being here"? Maybe we should just think about what song would fit her voice. I would love to see Elise sing "Come on Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners or even "Maneater" by Hall and Oates, but she wants to be beyond safe this week so I'm guessing she'll go a little more bluesy. Wouldn't "She Works Hard for the Money" by Donna Summer be great, too? Or "Gloria" by Laura Branigan! Lots of good options for Elise in 1983. And now that we see her vintage, I'm starting to get why she's sort of over this whole thing. She's hanging out with a bunch of silly kids!

Erika Van Pelt, 1985
"We Belong" by Pat Benatar
Erika can sing anything she wants and it will sound good, so we might as well enjoy her while we have her. I could also see her singing "I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner and it wouldn't be cheesy.

Jermaine Jones, 1986
"Say You, Say Me" by Lionel Richie
This could be a bad week for Jermaine. There aren't a lot of songs from 1986 that fit his classic style. While I would love to see him brave "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco or some other such song, I think he'll play to his strengths as much as possible. Wouldn't it be fun to see him take on one of Lionel Richie's other songs like the incredibly strange "Dancing on the Ceiling"?

Heejun Han, 1989
"She Drives Me Crazy" by Fine Young Cannibals
While this is the song I would LIKE Heejun to sing, I have a feeling he'll be singing "Right Here Waiting" by Richard Marx.

Phillip Phillips, 1990
"Step by Step" by New Kids on the Block
Who knows what Phillip Phillips will do anymore! Not me. But he could Phillify this boy band hit and make it pretty cool, right? Whatever the song, he will warp it beyond recognition. For a song that is more "Phillip" to begin with, he could go with "Downtown Train" by Rod Stewart. I think I would enjoy that very much.

Colton Dixon, 1991
"Losing My Religion" by R.E.M.
R.E.M. is a perfect choice for Colton, and he needs something angst-ridden to bring out that special quality in his voice, so this is a great song for him.

Joshua Ledet, 1992
"Black or White" by Michael Jackson
Wouldn't it be great? I think he could have so much fun with this song, and hopefully they'd put him somewhere a little more memorable in the lineup. If he wants to just kill it the easy way, he could sing "When a Man Loves a Woman" by Michael Bolton.

Hollie Cavanagh, 1993
"All That She Wants" Ace of Base
1993 doesn't offer Hollie a lot of options in her big ballad wheel house, especially when you eliminate Whitney Houston. So Hollie might as well break  out of the ballad box with an Ace of Base song. She can soar on some of those parts, like when the song goes, "is another baaabayyyy yeahhh." You know what I'm talking about.

Deandre Brackensick, 1994
"I'll Make Love to You" by Boyz II Men
Even though this song is undoubtedly more mature than DeAndre might be comfortable with, I would love to hear him sing it. The highs, the lows, the sex appeal! This is an ace in the hole.

Skylar Laine, 1994
"Love Sneakin' Up On You" by Bonnie Raitt
I secretly kind of want to hear her sing "Whatta Man" by Salt n Pepa (feat. En Vogue), but that really only has the chorus to its advantage. But come on, Bonnie Raitt? Skylar can handle that!

Jessica Sanchez, 1995
"Fantasy" by Mariah Carey
Jessica needs to sing a more up-tempo song this week to avoid being pigeon-holed into the ballad spot, which happened to Pia Toscano before a performance of "River Deep, Mountain High" could save her last season. "Fantasy" is a great choice for Jessica because it's upbeat but still a diva classic that she can give some power to. Double points to Jessica if she comes out in rollerblades!

Shannon Magrane, 1995
"I'll Stand By You" by Pretenders
I figure Shannon will go for the slow-pitch ballad this week, in a Pia Toscano type fashion. She has to redeem herself from last week's power ballad!

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