American Idol 2010: Theme is Changed for Week 11

Thanks to MJ we now have confirmed that the theme for week 11 of American Idol Season 9 has been changed from Teen Idols to Billboard’s #1 hits. 

The mentor for the week is a secret but we do know Fred Bronson was there as a Billboard expert.  He tweeted:  Just got home from a production shoot.  What was I doing?  Watch American Idol Tuesday night and find out. 

Fred Bronson is best known for a weekly column in Billboard Magazine called “Chart Beat” and is the author of several books related to the billboard charts.  He has been used on idol before during billboard theme weeks to discuss the charts with the contestants.

I have no idea why the theme was changed; perhaps there was not enough songs released by teen idols for the contestants to choose from.  Can’t wait to see the secret mentor Tuesday night.  Remember there is a rumor Miley Cyrus and one of the Jonas brothers will sing on Wednesday but not sure if this is true. 

Why do you think Idol changed the theme and who is the possible secret mentor?

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  1. And of course we know they wouldn’t want to do anything that would force Crystal to show some diversity of talent, since they’ve already deemed her to be the winner. Watch out Crystal, Siobhan Magnus is about to overtake you.

  2. They already switched the order of guys night and girls night to suit Crystal. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if they changed one of the theme nights to show her even more favoritism.

  3. Kind of a shame. I think the pickings are actually less on Billboard #1 than the body of teen idol songs. So many of them are iconic but never got the backing to do a Billboard #1…..
    And so many of the Billboard #1s only charted because the artist that did them only had people interested in a single, vs. a whole great album.
    If you look at the actual #1s on Wikipedia since 1958, about half of them are forgettable commercial pop dreck. And many others are dated. And still others are simply group songs that a solo artist just can’t delve into.

  4. Usher is going to be the mentor for the people in the Top 10 so Cindy you have to wait until next week to see him.

  5. Teen idols is such a poor choice of theme, good
    move to change it. Seems Crystal is getting
    some heat here, hmm, all the way from Australia
    here, it’s obvious that her and Siobhan are the
    standout performers and adding some
    credability to a poor season. Both seem
    great musicians and have a great deal of talent.

  6. Christina Aguilera is a secret mentor this week.and Miley/Joe Jonas performance is just a rumor.

  7. Give Crystal a break she was in the Hospital for gods sake! AI would have acted the same for any contestant. Lee and Crystal are my favorites. Would like to see Crystal win she has an amazing voice and a great story to be the next American Idle!!!

  8. WHATEVER HAPPEN TO THE DAYS ON IDOL WHEN WE WERE SURPRISED BY WHAT WAS HAPPENING…..NOW EVERYTHING GETS LEAKED OUT TO THE PUBLIC….!!!
    I STILL LOVE THE SHOW AND THE BEST OF THE BEST WILL BE IN THE TOP 5…..HOPEFULLY…..
    I REALLY LIKE CRYSTAL, I DON’T THINK SHE HAS ATTITUDE, I JUST THINK SHE IS A SICK GIRL….BUT AS OF NOW SIOBHAN IS MY FRONT RUNNER……LEE IS UP THERE IN THE TOP 5. AS THE SAYING GOES….STAY TUNED…..

  9. Please Lee..You have to rock it out this week I want to see you let rip you need to win for all the rockers out there..Love your voice and we cannot vote for you in South Africa but I watch every sunday and if it was possible to vote South Africa is on your side..love ya baby..

  10. The theme was changed because some of the contestants are not teens and wouldn’t be able to convey that feeling of pubescence in their songs. For instance,Crystal is somewhat mature and so is Siobhan. They are without a doubt,the only 2 who will survive.

  11. Teen Idol week does not necessarily mean A teen like Miley Cyrus. There have been teen idols since the beginning of pop music. Elvis was a teen idol. This could be interpreted as a current teen, OR your own teen idol (from when you were a teen,) OR someone who was a teen idol, (New Kids on the Block.) It’s not so literal.

  12. What exactly is wrong with Crystal? I know they were claiming diabetes, but it seems more than just that. After one performance, she had to sit down to listen to the judges — couldn’t stand like the rest do. And she always looks sad, unhappy, uninterested. She’s either sicker than we’ve been told or on drugs or I don’t know. Something’s just not right with her. Anyone else get that impression?

  13. Just thought of this… Billboards #1 Hits would be even harder for Crystal by the above mentioned reasons for the theme being changed! According to what a teen idol is, the field would have been way more open!

  14. Wrong. Billboard #1 hits would be easier for all of the contenders, including Crystal, because they were able choose from any number one hit since Billboard started ranking them somewhere around 1959. So hundreds, maybe thousands, of songs and genres to choose from.

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