Don't be a hater – you like Neil Diamond. It's possible you don't realize it, but trust me, you do. I just spent an hour or so scouring the Internet, listening to all the classic Neil Diamond tunes and they're all pretty great. I wouldn't call myself a Neil Diamond fan – there's a certain stigma that goes along with such a label (mostly, being old). American Idol
is having Neil Diamond come join the top 5 as their mentor this week and all five of the singers will be performing Neil Diamond tunes. I've seen American Idol
fans around the Internet claim to be unhappy with this choice of mentor – they shouldn't be. Neil Diamond week is going to be good – the man has a ton of great songs that fit the diverse abilities of American Idol's
Having only five singers remaining makes the choice of Neil Diamond week even better. The five contestants are so different from each other that it's going to provide a lot of leeway as to how the Neil Diamond songs are interpreted. He's not a one-trick performer but has a vast discography, which means that Jason Castro
and Brooke White
are going to have as easy of a time picking out songs as everyone else. Below are my ideal song choices for each contestant. Please comment below with the songs you'd like to see. One note: in her interview last week, Carly Smithson
said that she was planning on performing “Sweet Caroline” had she remained on the show. Now that she's gone, I'm going to assume that no one will be performing it on Tuesday. It'll probably be used as a group song.
David Archuleta - “I'm a Believer”
Yep, The Monkees most famous song was actually written by Neil Diamond. Archuleta has to stop singing ballads at some point, right? I actually think he'll have the most difficult time of anyone this week.
David Cook – “Girl, You'll be a Woman Soon”
You might know this from Pulp Fiction
, but the original was by Diamond. This is perfect for Cook. Starts slow, builds to a big crescendo. There are a lot of cool things he could do with this. I think Cook will have a field day this week. Whichever song he picks will have huge potential.
Brooke White - “Holly Holy”
She can sit at the piano and sing this heartfelt tune. The vocal range isn't that big, and it seems to line up perfectly for Brooke.
Syesha Mercado - “Cherry Cherry”
Syesha has had recent success with upbeat tunes. Forced into doing Neil Diamond is going to be good for her – she won't be tempted to do a big diva song and can just have fun.
Jason Castro - “Solitary Man”
Jason can sit on a stool and play his guitar here. Great song, fits perfectly for Jason.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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