'American Idol' 'Year You Were Born' Song Choice Predictions
'American Idol' 'Year You Were Born' Song Choice Predictions
This week's theme for the Top 12's song selection is "The Year You Were Born." So get ready to hear a lot of songs from the late 80's and early 90's! I'm going to love this week. I don't know what year exactly the contestants were born, so I'm guessing by subtracting their age from 2010 (and I'll be a year off if their birthday is in January, February, or March). Then I'm going to look at the Billboard Top 100 from that year, and choose the song I would like them to sing. Let's play! (Oh, but before we do, please appreciate the way that Casey Abrams is represented in this Top 12 picture).

Casey Abrams, 20
Year: 1990
Song: How Am I Supposed to Live Without You - Michael Bolton

I'm weirdly attached to this song because it's what Zack Attack sang when Zack and Kelly broke up at the costume ball on Saved By the Bell. But I also think it would suit Casey's voice nicely, even if it might not be jazzy or hip enough.

Haley Reinhart, 20
Year: 1990
Song: Black Velvet - Alannah Myles

OF COURSE! I'll be stunned if she was born in 1990 and doesn't choose this song. It's all kinds of right and she can growl all she wants.

Jacob Lusk, 23
Year: 1987
Song: At This Moment - Billy Vera and The Beaters

This, or "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" by Whitney Houston would be amazing. It would be great to see Jacob take on something a little more up-tempo. Maybe he could do "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes and have the best of both worlds.

James Durbin, 22
Year: 1988
Song: Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses

This is the obvious choice for James Durbin, it's right up his alley, scarf tail and all.

Karen Rodriguez, 21
Year: 1989
Song: Like a Prayer - Madonna

I wouldn't put it past her to choose "Don't Wanna Lose You" by Gloria Estefan instead. Maybe we can reach a compromise with Roxette's "Listen To Your Heart." But how can anyone resist the power of Madonna?

Lauren Alaina, 16
Year: 1994
Song: I'm the Only One - Melissa Etheridge

If you're going to sing this song, you really have to kill it. It might be too mature for Lauren Alaina to really nail, though. She could probably sing the crap out of "Crazy" by Aerosmith, but doing an Aerosmith song in front of Steven Tyler is also a risk. I just really hope she doesn't pick "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow, because although it makes sense on paper, it's mostly a talk-singing song. 

Naima Adedapo, 26
Year: 1984
Song: Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper

This seems like a Naima enough choice, even though she's becoming unpredictable. Maybe she'll surprise us with "99 Luftballoons"!

Paul McDonald, 26
Year: 1984
Song: Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins

There are lots of songs I'd like to hear Paul McDonald sing (like an acoustic version of "What's Love Got To Do With It?") but he'll probably end up singing something like "Think of Laura" by Christopher Cross.

Pia Toscano, 22
Year: 1988
Song: I Get Weak - Belinda Carlisle

I don't know that it's what I want her to sing, but Pia will most likely choose something like "One Moment in Time" by Whitney Houston. Generic late-80's ballad. I'd love to see Pia take on something like Debbie Gibson's "Shake Your Love." 

Scotty McCreery, 17
Year: 1993
Song: Have I Told You Lately - Rod Stewart

It's too bad Rick Astley had come and gone by 1993, because Scotty McCreery has the same Rick Astley phenomenon of sounding different than the way you would expect him to look. So while I think he'll choose something he can countrify like "Have I Told You Lately," I would LOVE to see him sing something completely out of left field like "All That She Wants" by Ace of Base.

Stefano Langone, 22
Year: 1988
Song: Faith - George Michael

It was the number one song in 1988, and you KNOW you want to see Stefano bust out some George Michael! I'm betting Stefano will choose "The Way You Make Me Feel" by Michael Jackson, though.

Thia Megia, 16
Year: 1994
Song: Linger - The Cranberries

The song is soft and airy, but lovely, like Thia's voice when she's at her best. Hopefully no weird dance breaks would come of this. If she was born in 1995, she could sing "Strong Enough" by Sheryl Crow or "You Gotta Be" By Des'ree! If Thia was, in fact, born in 1994 and not 1995, this could be a tough week for her.

What would you like to hear the contestants sing?

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