American Idol 2010: Idol Gives Back


Update: Very limited Idol Gives Back tickets are still available! Here’s your chance to get a preview of the summer Idol tour!

Update 2: I found more Idol Gives Back tickets in case the first update link runs out.

Update 3: Check out Reality Rewind’s response to the rumor that Crystal Bowersox almost quit American Idol.

Next week on Season 9 of American Idol we have our two hour special Idol Gives Back on Wednesday April 21 with an all star line up for our entertainment.  Guests include: The Black Eyed Peas, Annie Lenox, Jeff Beck and Joss Stone, Mary J. Blige and Sir Elton John will sing on behalf of the Elton John Aids Foundation.  If you don’t want to wait until next week to donate check out the online auction at

Alicia Keys will mentor the hopefuls on Inspirational Songs throughout the week and will perform on Wednesday night as well.  A list of songs the contestants may choose from is available on itunes.  Here are some thoughts on what I think would be good song choices for the remaining 7 to choose from.

Lee Dewyze should sing “Higher” by Creed or “Dare You To Move” by Switchfoot. 

Casey James “Calling All Angels” by Train or “Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw

Siobhan Magnus “I’ll Stand By You” by The Pretenders

Crystal Bowersox should step out of her comfort zone and sing “We Are The Champions” by Queen or “Livin On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi just to give us something different.

Tim Urban would make my night by singing “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor.  That would be priceless and it’s possible he could do a really good job.  Well maybe not.

Big Mike should stick to what he does best and sing “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly or give us a little diversity with “Rainbow” by Sugar Ray.

Aaron Kelly is the hardest for me to choose for some reason.  What about “Drive” by Incubus or “This Is My Now” by Jordin Sparks?

Complete list of songs the contestants can choose from:

  • Your Love Keeps Lifting Me (Higher and Higher) – Jackie Wilson
  • A Moment Like This – Kelly Clarkson
  • Amazing Grace – Susan Boyle
  • Angels – Robbie Williams
  • Anyway – Martina McBride
  • Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In – The Fifth Dimension
  • Better Days – The Goo Goo Dolls
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters – Simon & Garfunkle
  • Calling All Angels – Train
  • Changes – David Bowie
  • Dare You To Move – Switchfoot
  • Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House
  • Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac
  • Dream Weaver – Gary Wright
  • Drive – Incubus
  • Everyday People – Sly & The Family Stone
  • Flying Without Wings – Ruben Studdard
  • From a Distance – Bette Midler
  • Go the Distance – Michael Bolton
  • Greatest Love of All – Whitney Houston
  • Hands – Jewel
  • Heaven Help Us All – Stevie Wonder
  • Hero – Chad Kroeger featuring Josey Scott
  • Higher – Creed
  • Holding Out for a Hero – Bonnie Tyler
  • I Am Changing – Jennifer Hudson
  • I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly
  • I Can See Clearly Now – Jimmy Cliff
  • I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
  • I Turn To You – Christina Aguilera
  • I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
  • I’ll Be There – Jackson 5
  • If You Believe – The Wiz Original Broadway Cast
  • I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders
  • I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross
  • It’s My Life – Bon Jovi
  • I’ve Had The Time Of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
  • Lifted – Lighthouse Family
  • Live Like We’re Dying – Kris Allen
  • Live Like You Were Dying – Tim McGraw
  • Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
  • Living in America – James Brown
  • Lovely Day – Bill Withers
  • My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
  • My Wish – Rascal Flatts
  • Only Hope
  • Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland
  • People Get Ready – The Impressions
  • Rainbow – Sugar Ray
  • Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand) – Diana Ross
  • Reflection – Christina Aguilera
  • Return to Innocence – Enigma
  • The River of Dreams – Billy Joel
  • Show Me What I’m Looking For – Carolina Liar
  • So Small – Carrie Underwood
  • Stronger – Mary J. Blige
  • That’s The Way God Planned It – Billy Preston
  • That’s What Friends Are For – Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight
  • The Boxer – Simon & Garfunkle
  • The Impossible Dream – Frank Sinatra
  • The Prayer – Andrea Bocelli & Celine Dion
  • The Time of My Life – David Cook
  • The Is My Now – Jordin Sparks
  • Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
  • Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
  • We Are the Champions – Queen
  • What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstong
  • What the World Needs Now is Love – Jackie DeShannon
  • When you Believe – Mariah Carey
  • Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  • World – Five for Fighting
  • You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone
  • You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
  • You’ll Never Walk Alone – Barbara Streisand
  • You’re My Best Friend – Queen
  • You’re the Inspiration – Chicago
  • You’ve Got a Friend – Carole King

What do you think the contestants should sing?