The 'Idol' Top 5 to Sing the Songs of Sinatra, Here's What You Might Hear
The 'Idol' Top 5 to Sing the Songs of Sinatra, Here's What You Might Hear
In the tradition of such modern themes such as Elvis Presley week and Lennon/McCartney week, the American Idol Top 5 will take on the songs of Frank Sinatra next week. Some way of making contemporary artists out of these guys, right?

No, I'm not belittling next week's theme. In fact, I'm of the belief that today's songs will not stand the test of time as much as these classics have. It's no surprise why many of Old Blue Eye's songs are still being covered by artists today, including next week's mentor, Harry Connick, Jr. Also, many of his hits remain part of popular culture, a testament to his successful six-decade career, and his distinction as being one of pop music's first superstars.

My problem is this: Frank's songs are the untouchable sort. Remember last year's Top 5, when they took on the songs of the Rat Pack? For the most part, they stuck with traditional arrangements--well, except for Adam Lambert, who took a modern cover of "Feelin' Good" and sang the hell out of it. There's not much space for our finalists, with their focus on more modern styles, to change things up. On the plus side, this theme will definitely bring the focus back on the vocals, making this a potentially good week for our two remaining crooners, Aaron Kelly and Michael Lynche.

What else should we expect? These songs, of course! Here's the approved song list for next week, courtesy of MJsBigBlog as always:

All or Nothing At All
All the Way
Anything Goes
As Time Goes By
Blue Moon
Blue Skies
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
My Way
New York, New York (From "On the Town")
Night and Day
One For My Baby
Pennies From Heaven
Put Your Dreams Away
Someone to Watch Over Me
Somethin' Stupid
Strangers in the Night
Street of Dreams
Summer Wind
That's All
That's Life
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 of next week's theme and mentor? Should we raise our hopes, or should we keep them at bay? You can join our discussion on who would fly or crash in Sinatra week, or you can (of course!) post your comments here.

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